Sunday, 17 January 2010

mySociety brings democracy to the masses - go on, join the club


You may have noticed - we are entering election season.  The locals will be held on May 6 and the general no later than June 3.

So we will expect to see all the usual madcap electioneering from all the parties, with everything from demonic eyes to creaseless airbrushed brow. Cutting through the campaigning comedy capers are those developers with the beating hearts of journalists - mySociety.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Citizen journalism goes from light flurry to avalanche and the forecast is good ... very good


Fed up of the snow yet?  Yeah, me too.

But this current British cold snap just may well go a long way to thaw those anti-webbers' attitudes to digital - thanks to citizen journalism.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Journalism and the class divide - another nail in the newspaper's coffin?


The news industry is in trouble as it tries to find a business model to fit 'new media' - ok, so no exclusive there.

But does any blame for the turmoil lay at the door of 'journalism'?

Well, you probably read this at the time, but take another look at Roy Greenslade's blog entry - 'Catch 22 aims to give working class a way into journalism'.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

The Labour Party and Conservatives electioneering online: The digi'sphere is the new electoral battleground


So we know that blogs, Twitter, Facebook and the full array of social media has massively altered how politics works.

Barack Obama's campaign is the template which Britain's political parties want to emulate.  And they are making all the noises which make you think that this year's General Election will be as much won and lost in the blogosphere than on the doorstep.