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  • seandodson 2:02 pm on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: buzzfeed, , public sphere   

    A lot’s made, nowadays, of new news site — Buzzfeed and the like — taking on the established providers. Now Gawker, though, is reporting that New York-based Buzzfeed is DELETING POSTS deemed as unfavourable to is advertisers. Arabelle Sicardi, a staff writer, saw her piece about Dove soaps recent bizarre ad campaign washed down the virtual plughole and replaced with a single sentence: “We pulled this post because it is not consistent with the tone of BuzzFeed Life.” It’s a slippery slope.

  • seandodson 1:58 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , egyptian army, facebook revolution, kaled said, , public sphere, , wael ghonim,   

    Second week back of term + extra lectures to cover = less time for posting. When so much is happening.

    Here’s a truncated summary of interesting stuff (specially for my Public Sphere students). May post more detail later, especially on Wael Ghonim, the Google exec who did much to spark the Egyptian revolution.

    The Facebook Revolution, and why we shouldn’t be surprised | Wael Ghonim, a profile | Why we are all Khaled Said | How the Egyptian army runs the Egyptian economy and so won’t fire on its customers

  • seandodson 2:07 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: charlie brooker, guido fawkes, , , paul staines, political bloggers, , , public sphere   

    Two media stories of note in the old G today

    Thought Charlie Brooker was particularly apropos in his piece about the end of privacy:

    We’ve entered an era in which private conversation is impossible. Ever since Gordon Brown was caught calling Gillian Duffy a bigot, the tape’s been left running. Paranoia is at an all-time high. MPs can no longer talk to their own constituents without suspecting they may be undercover reporters. Celebrities can’t listen to their voicemails without wondering if they have been transcribed and passed to the newsdesk. Football commentators can no longer yap like oafs in their downtime. Everyone has become a reality show contestant nervously awaiting their own Shilpa Shetty moment.

    While elsewhere in the paper Adam Sherwin interviews Paul Staines, the blogger behind Guido Fawkes. I’m not fond of Staines – can’t stand him actually – but the article does place his achievements into context.

    Since Guido’s Order-Order blog went live in 2004, it has exposed MPs’ petty expenses fraud, forced Peter Hain to resign from his cabinet post over undeclared campaign donations and, most spectacularly, brought down Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s political enforcer, in the Smeargate affair.

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