Tag Archives: Ray Hartley

Oh Peter! You're just being sentimental

Duncan McLeod, former associate editor of the Financial Mail, recently burst onto the scene with a great new addition to my regular daily reads. On his new Techcentral site there have been two articles that caught my attention — the first being a fiery piece by former Vodacom CEO Allan Knott-Craig, and now an interview […]

The Bolton Deventer Twitter experiment

“Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one” – Albert Einstein “An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted” – Arthur Miller So let me start with this: People who are accusing me of being Bolton Deventer, know only half the truth. I don’t know who Bolton Deventer […]

Bolton Deventer riddle: Closer to home than I think?

Had one of the truly more bizarre discussions today with a colleague of mine, Vincent Maher. I blatently accused him of being the person behind Bolton Deventer — the strange-looking “web marketer” who runs a cheesy blog, who also seems to worship the God of Nelspruit internet Guy McClaren. Vincent/Bolton flatly deny this. But I’ve […]

South African journalists take to blogs

Chaos broke out on the South African blogosphere recently, and it was all caused by a journalist. Columnist David Bullard devoted not one, but two Sunday Times columns to hurling insults at bloggers, calling them “scrofulous nerds”, “narcissists”, and “wackos” whose blog sites are the “air guitars” of journalism. The affair was rather melodramatically dubbed […]

Integrating the online & print news operations

I’ve never liked the word convergence. Integration is much better. Some great speakers spoke on this topic from the New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax) and The Telegraph (UK). This is about the PRODUCTION of news. And why are media companies restructuring the production of news? Well it’s really about the audience — the […]

The funny Bullard riposte

I liked Bullard’s eloquent reply on Sunday. I thought it was a hoot. I’ve said before that there is a strong baiting element to Bullard’s excellent columns. In fact every week there is a strong sarcastic and satirical edge to his writing. And just about the silliest thing a blogger can do is reply with […]

Bullard blogosphere bargraph: Now this is funny

It took me a while. (I’m slow you see). But this is funny from Ray Hartley of the Wildfrontier… and perhaps a reminder to all to keep a sense of humour during the Bullard blogosphere bunfight.

Rise of the bloggers

Duncan McLeod has written an article, entitled “Rise of the bloggers“, on his new blog FM Tech — where he looks at local blog aggregators Amatomu and Afrigator. He also refers to Ray Hartley’s new insider blog on the new daily newspaper that Johncom is about to launch. I first picked up the article via […]

SA journalists embrace blogs

I’ve been pretty impressed by the way South African media professionals have embraced blogging in recent times. There is of course all this claptrap of big media vs the blogosphere, which I’ve always thought was nonsense. My two cents? Blogging is many things: in its most simple guise it’s just a publishing format. But it’s […]

Pics of new SA daily, The Times, revealed in blog

Ray Hartley — the editor of the highly-anticipated new Sunday Times daily The Times — has started a new blog that is tracking the newspaper’s progress. On the blog he reveals pictures of the new title including the masthead, basic layout and discussion around some of the newspaper’s plans. There are some design similarities with […]