Even social media experts make mistakes!

Even social media experts make mistakes!

If you were somehow able to fire a virtual gun at Twitter, chances are you’d hit a social media consultant. Some of you may already be picking up the gun based on that promise, but wait – I’m making a point here. These consultants, marketing experts, tech journos, media geeks, futurists and other whatchamacallits base their authority on advising brands and businesses on how to manage social media.

Weird guy talks about blogging

Weird guy talks about blogging

Last November – hence the bizarre facial hair as part of the Movember charity campaign – I was interviewed by Bluewire Media as part of their Plugged In interview series.

How journalism works: Sex, lies and voice recorders

How journalism works: Sex, lies and voice recorders

News Ltd excelled itself this weekend with a piece of journalistic sleight-of-hand designed to deceive readers in the quest for more website clicks. The story – Erotic dancers at charity launch for sick kids – first appeared on the front page of the NT News and their website. It wasn’t long before other websites in the News Ltd group picked up on the story’s “click potential.

Capital punishment: why using random capitals is a crime!

Capital punishment: why using random capitals is a crime!

capital lettersAgh – few things annoy my linguistic sensibilities more than random capitalisation. Sure, misplaced apostrophes are probably a greater grammatical blot on the language landscape, but the capitalisation of words is more irritating because of its intentional nature. I’m currently editing and rewriting the copy on a massive IT website and still come across examples of nail-on-blackboard level irritation.

News manipulation: The impartiality dilemma

News manipulation: The impartiality dilemma

Three wise monkeysIn their efforts to avoid accusations of bias, the modern news media has become more biased and more distorted than ever before. A perfect example of this ‘biased impartiality’ occurred this morning on Channel Seven’s revamped Sunrise program.