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.

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.

Social media through history: President Roosevelt

Social media through history: President Roosevelt

President Theodore Roosevelt 1904If you want to make me chuckle, talk to me about how social media is something new – a recent innovation or modern cultural phenomenon. The only thing that’s new about social media is the standard suspicious business reaction to something that — quite frankly — ain’t all that surprising if you have a sense of history.

Bloody oath, it’s National Swear Day!

Bloody oath, it’s National Swear Day!

Apparently, I’m a potential wife-beater. I didn’t know that, never having beaten my lovely wife and never having inflicted violence against women in any shape or form. But according to a campaign underway today, men should swear never to inflict violence on women. Otherwise, I guess the implication is, we would.

Rock DJ part 3: The show must always go on

Rock DJ part 3: The show must always go on

Strobe lights and headaches don’t mix. Stomach bugs and beer don’t mix. But taking the night off and still receiving a pay packet don’t mix either. I don’t think I ever missed a night in all the years I DJed both in the UK and Australia. At certain periods I was DJing up to three nights a week and holding down a full time job, so there was very little time to be sick.