Narrowing the search for the narrow minded

Narrowing the search for the narrow minded

Google logo consisting of religious symbolsThe internet has often been described as a tool for freedom by making information and knowledge available to all, unhampered by borders – unless you live in China of course. And search engines are at the heart of that quest for knowledge – providing the answers to our enquiries with as broad a cross-section of knowledge as possible.

The soundtrack of my muse

The soundtrack of my muse

music notesWorking in an office as I do, it can often be particularly difficult to focus, uninterrupted and without distraction, on a piece of writing. This is why the iPod is the greatest ever invention for office-based writers.

Standing at the hyperlink crossroads

Standing at the hyperlink crossroads

Linked armsNow here’s a rant I never thought I’d need to make! Who would think we would end up with a debate on the wisdom of using embedded hyperlinks in copy? Nicholas Carr unleashed a blog post last week positing that the wisdom of embedding hyperlinks within copy should be re-examined.

Not another cliched Gutenberg blog post!

Not another cliched Gutenberg blog post!

Printing PressIt’s become way too common to compare the impact of the internet with the arrival of Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press all the way back in 1440. Bloggers and conference speakers continue to argue that the web changes everything we know about marketing and business in much the same way that Gutenberg’s ink-stained wooden contraption supposedly changed what it was to be a writer or publisher.

Deveny-Gate: the social media balancing act

Deveny-Gate: the social media balancing act

Catherine DevenyEarlier today, I was asked for my opinion on Catherine Deveny and whether The Age was displaying a misunderstanding of social media by sacking her for inappropriate tweets during the Logies. I’m not going to retell the whole sorry tale here; there have already been way too many news items and blog posts so that if you really have been under a rock, you can follow one of these links.