Politics, Policy & Media campaigns, elections and communications


No chill with Netflix & Walmart


Two stories have dominated my week, both linked by the common idea of fighting back. Netflix Disney CEO Bob Iger on Thursday delivered a blow to Netflix, saying the company had decided to move Marvel and “Star Wars” films to its forthcoming streaming service, set to launch in 2019. >> There’s ongoing drama with Netflix and various content creators, who were ostensibly its partners...

Politics, policy & media


Over the weekend He is both polarising and popular, and the adaption of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army as a Jeremy Corbyn political anthem is one of the more unusual and amusing stories from 2017. How to Recognize Propaganda | Cold War Era Educational Film | ca. 1957 I was amused by this video that showed up on my YouTube feed. The more things changed…etc. topical AND ironic:...

Monopolies, Uber and Information


The dominance of Facebook and Google as information gatekeepers strips us of power and leaves us helpless. This is what they, and those that aspire to join them, are designed to do. In the crucial early hours after the Las Vegas mass shooting, it happened again: Hoaxes, completely unverified rumors, failed witch hunts, and blatant falsehoods spread across the internet. But they did not do so by...

Fake News & Imagined Realities


Having been away for a week, a fortuitous selection of holiday reading lead me to some insights on the fake news phenomenon and its impact on the recent US election.  Let me list these out, before exploring them in more detail: A unique quality of humans is our ability to create imagined realities. Many things that are fundamental to society are fictional constructs. Therefore humans were always...

FT.LK: Media ethics & advertorials in Sri Lanka


Cross-posted on socialmedia.lk This article on the ft.lk is an example of dubious media ethics in Sri Lanka. I point it out not to nitpick, but because it is indicative of an industry that is crucial to the health of a nation. A robust and trustworthy news industry is a vital component of a healthy society. The ft.lk newspaper seems to be using technology provided by a company called Emojet to...

Facebook vs. YouTube: battling over music


Two recent analyses highlighted an increasingly heated battle over the dominant player in music video streaming. Music video is streaming music’s killer app. According to MIDiA’s latest consumer survey, 45% of consumers watch music videos on YouTube or Vevo every month, while 25% of consumers use YouTube for music every week (more than any of the streaming audio services). So what YouTube and...

Gary Hart and why Trump was inevitable.


We’re all going to have to seriously question the system for selecting our national leaders, for it reduces the press of this nation to hunters and Presidential candidates to being hunted. In an episode of the excellent Axe-Files podcast featuring the equally excellent Matt Bai, the Gary Hary scandal and Bai’s book on it were discussed. Having only a passing familiarity with the...

Politics, Policy & Media campaigns, elections and communications