Archives for April 2008
You’d be hard pressed to find a better opener. In fact I bet you can’t
For ten years ZANU PF loyalists have convinced themselves that the MDC and the democratic opposition was a creation of the British, the Americans, and the white farmers. Any black member of the MDC is a sell-out and an Uncle Tom. Zanu have rigged the elections over the past few years, but they’ve never had to rig extensively, and they were pretty sure that this time they’d fixed the problem for good. Therefore they were absolutely flabbergasted when, three weeks ago today, the people of Zimbabwe rose up and threw them out. link
Many a ditty to choose from these guys. Music for a found harmonium will do for now. Seem to remember it was used in a film too. As I remember the composer Simon Jeffes found the harmonium on the street next some rubbish bins in Tokyo. He rescued it and wrote the song. Nice. Perpetuum Mobile ain’t bad either, neither is Air á Danser. I’ll tag the most recent – bar 3 – emailers. Ian, here’s the skinny – take it or leave it.
I’ll be starting a new course next month with the catchy title above – Social media news tracking for journalists – It’s gonna be fun. In my opinion, the ability to track information and conversations online is now pretty much one of the essential skills journalists need to get a handle on if they are to quickly navigate the mess known as the internet. Here’s the brief, drop me a line if you’re interested or go sign up,
This is a practical one day training session aimed at showing journalists how to follow a news story whatever it is, wherever it happens, whenever people are talking about it online. When a big story breaks it often breaks on the internet. A picture here, a blog post there or a video uploaded somewhere else. Knowing how to find this information quickly is one of the main problems facing journalists and editors today. This course teaches you how to ‘listen’ across a broad range of social media websites whether it be blogs, photos, video, audio, twitter or facebook.
– What is social about social media? How does it differ from traditional forms of media?
– Learning to “listen” across a wide range of sites
– How to follow blogs without following blogs
– Setting up RSS feeds
– Tracking images and videos through keyword searches
– Tapping the collective brain – using social bookmarking and RSS feeds
– The rise of live streaming and how to track it
– Scraping the net – how to monitor and approach sources within social networks
– Licensing – how Creative Commons licensing works
– A web of lies – the importance of verification
I’ve touched on a lot of these skills on this blog over the years and I synthesized a number of salient points into this piece recently. Paul Bradshaw has added his tuppence and Robin has just made a very good stab at almost automating what isn’t quite, and never quite will be, automatable 🙂 Human filters are still needed to intelligently sift through the mess and humans who can communicate (like me :)) are still needed to help people learn how to do this stuff quickly and, hopefully, have fun in the process.
The first 7″ single I ever bought was from Woolworths sometime in the summer of 1982… OK. OK, I didn’t buy the hipster version above, I actually bought the more famous version by Bow Wow Wow and not The Strangeloves original which I learned about many years later. At the time of purchase I can remember it was a toss up between buying the latest Rolling Stones number or the one with Annabella Lwin on vocals. Annabella won out. I’ll tag Rob Crilly as he’s already made a stab at starting a similar list and he really needs sommit to fill his time while waiting for a transit visa to Darfur. Here are the details Rob, take it or leave it.