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When Brand met the Belfast Orange, or why the comedy of new media helps us unlearn…

Fri 15 November 2013, 11:00am

Tweet There’s an interesting conference at the University of Ulster coming up on the 10th December, which seems to be asking some of the right questions about social media, its uses in protest and the implications for democratic politics. The event blurb notes: Over the course of the last twelve months, Northern Ireland has witnessed […] more »

New media and new politics in NI? Or complacency after conflict?

Fri 18 October 2013, 6:19pm

Tweet This afternoon’s Political Studies Association of Ireland conference in Trinity included a panel looking at new media and new politics and their influence on conflict transformation in Northern Ireland. Chaired by Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway), the panel spoke in the order: Alex Kane (Journalist) Paul Reilly (Uni. of Leicester) Brian J. Spencer (Political […] more »

Has the new media revolution changed anything about the way we do politics?

Wed 14 August 2013, 10:08am

Tweet FitzJamesHorse has some provocative thoughts on politics and the internet - not to mention the continuing ridicule of Loyalism. He comes to the ‘sage’ conclusion (again) that bloggers don’t matter. But Facebook and Twitter and YouTube do, he says. Actually, these are all, in whichever form, micro blogging platforms. In all cases, the primacy of conversation […] more »

New media is forcing politicians to engage (and the way we will do politics to change)

Thu 25 July 2013, 12:34pm

Tweet So the Oireachtas report on the Growth of Social Media and tackling Cyberbullying has gone for a sensible approach to the issue of the internet and cyberbullying. Karlin Lillington in the Irish Times contrasts a measured report with a sometimes hysterical reaction in parliament: One of the more ludicrous sideshows in the online bullying […] more »

Gerry Adams ‘self hacking’ his way through the Irish Twittersphere?

Fri 22 February 2013, 4:25pm

Tweet So Alan was on the View last night talking Tweets. In fact talking Gerry’s Tweets. I have to confess I’ve no particularly original thoughts to share on the matter, other than to say that if my memory serves correctly this is Gerry’s second out on the big Twitter fun ride. It’s got him numbers, […] more »

“On newspaper opinion pages, including this one, a shrill keening sound can be heard…”

Thu 10 January 2013, 1:06pm

Tweet Today Hugh Linehan in the Irish Times today channels the commonplace American role of reader’s editor, taking on two of the papers most respected columnists, John Waters and Davy Adams. I think this goes in the lesson boxed marked write about you know (don’t write about what you don’t): On chat show panels and […] more »

New media networks are undermining traditional media formats yes, but…

Mon 6 August 2012, 8:21am

Tweet Nice piece from Noel Whelan on media change in Ireland (and further afield)… What makes it interesting is the debate (originally between Conor Brady and John Bowman) about which medium was the main ‘significator’ of change in Ireland, newspapers or television. Whelan is in the Bowman (ie TV) camp: The Irish Times and other […] more »

New media, Libya and the shift in politics now civilians have “rushed the field”…

Fri 18 May 2012, 2:02pm

Tweet There was an interesting conversation between Noel Thompson and Jonathan Chavez on Hearts and Minds last night, regarding how new media is changing politics… Well earlier in the week, I’d been conducting my own series of interviews with John Pollock who is contributing editor to MIT’s Technology Review… His latest work looks for a […] more »

Social media is about social agency, not ‘just’ gossip, entertainment or power…

Sat 31 March 2012, 9:10am

Tweet If you didn’t hear it, it is still very much worth listening to this week’s moral maze programme on BBC Radio Four… The whole thing is worth listening to (even Michael Buerk’s introduction, which almost visibly drips with contempt)… Padraig Reidy from Index On Censorship, probably came as close as any of the respondents […] more »

Why distinctions between public and private don’t really exist in new media…

Wed 28 March 2012, 11:54am

Tweet Hat tip to Davy Sims on Facebook (who really knows his new media onions)… This clip is from Monday’s Stormont Today, and needs no more introduction from me… more »

Kicking off St Patrick’s week in London tonight..

Mon 14 March 2011, 12:19pm

Tweet If you are in London tonight (as opposed to Austin, Texas) come along to the Irish Club for the Not SXSW event. It should be an interesting group of new media, and business folk, and a good way to kick off St Patrick’s week… You can book here…. more »

The lost art of reading (or drowning in too much information)…

Mon 13 December 2010, 4:39pm
Lost Art of Reading

Tweet Here’s a great review of a fascinating book (H/T reader Rory) on how the Internet is destroying our capacity for intelligent, focused and critical thought. It opens thus: …here is the news that Ulin brings in this slim, meandering book: that reading is “an act of contemplation”; that such an act becomes more difficult […] more »

Blokes blog, birds don’t: the impoverished political potential of the internet?

Tue 5 October 2010, 9:24am

Tweet Since he flagged up the votes for the Top 20 blogs (as reported by Iain Dale), I’d been figuring on looking at Mick’s point about the lack of nationalist blogs on the list since they are maybe 2 of the 20. I’m going to do that in the next week or two, but first I thought I’d flag up […] more »

Total Politics: Top 20 NI Blogs…

Wed 1 September 2010, 9:01am
Guide to Blogosphere 2010

Tweet Fair play to Iain, he managed to get over 2,200 people voting in his poll for the top Northern Irish blogs this year… We (just, I imagine) retained our top spot, with Splintered coming straight in at number 2, no doubt his pet subject du jour will have garnered him a lot of fans… […] more »

Bloggers not to blame for the broadening of journalism

Fri 13 August 2010, 5:30pm

Tweet Not sure I agree with everything Malachi says in his oped of earlier this week, but this part is worth repeating, for those who still think there is a war on between MSM and the blogosphere: …there is one big flaw in the perception that bloggers and journalists are at war with each other; […] more »

Irish MEP: Facebook makes you mad, so let’s have a law against it…

Wed 23 June 2010, 3:10pm

Tweet Of all the political parties in the south, Labour is one of the ones which ‘gets’ t’Internet most. But I wonder if Labour MEP Nessa Childers‘ question seeking a written answer in the European Parliament ever saw the desk of leader Eamon Gilmore? There is certainly no sign of it on her blog. Adds: […] more »

Geoff’s blog round up…

Wed 16 June 2010, 11:25pm

Tweet Great to see blogs going mainstream in the Belfast Telegraph and Geoff is really getting nicely into his stride… What’s better is that the Tele is going with the internet thing… You have to watch the YouTube Fair Deal’s dug up from Nowhere, Alabama… more »

General Election 2010: The PDF Action replay panel at RSA London

Fri 4 June 2010, 9:15am

Tweet Highlights from the beginning of a lively session at the RSA in London on May 13th, featuring Craig Elder (, myself, James Crabtree (Prospect Magazine), Stella Creasy (Labour Tweeter and MP), Anthony Painter (author of Barack Obama: Movement for Change) and Harry Cole (aka the blogger Tory Bear). Well worth the listen not least […] more »

On copyright and creative commons…

Thu 3 June 2010, 6:08pm

Tweet Since we have moved to the new site, we have been getting better at using uncopyrighted photos. Though, according to Doc Searls, we should probably do more, particularly with regard to Create Commons licences, which often only require attribution. I know for a fact that one of Red Mum’s photos ended up in the […] more »

Does ‘FOI’ privilege the contingency of ‘now’ over a ‘complete record’ in the future?

Wed 2 June 2010, 11:45am

Tweet There is a fascinating exchange (transcript below) on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme last night between the historian Anthony Beevor, and Open Democracy’s Anthony Barnett. It arose out Beevor’s rather feisty remarks at the Hay Festival in which he noted: …with journalists wanting to write history on the hoof there is a tremendous […] more »

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