The mobile web: Why the future really is on the small screen

According to a report on Reuters last year, world wide mobile phone subscriptions reached 3.3-billion users or half the world’s population. Compare this to television usage (about 1,5-billion users) or desktop internet usage (about 1,1-billion users), and it is not…

We Media

Journalism on the internet is becoming a “conversation” rather than a “sermon”. Mainstream media should take note. What’s going on with the internet these days? About five years ago the chaotic internet was a relatively calm and simple place. I’d…

Dan Gillmor in London at We Media

Bumped into Dan Gillmor here, at Reuters at the We Media conference. Told him I loved his book. I did love his book. I mentioned Vincent Maher, a fellow South African media worker’s, rantings (yet well argued) about citizen journalism “being dead” — which Gillmor said he was aware of and that he appreciated the diverse opinions that challenge him and his ideas.

We Media Conference Kicks Off

In London at the BBC for the We Media conference and it is sensory overload. It’s a slick, glossy event being held in the BBC studios usually reserved for Top of the Pops, I believe, at the BBC Television Centre in White City. I used to work at BBC so I kind of knew my way around. The big issue is trust. Do we trust new media such as blogs, wikis and other forms of participatory writing and journalism. According to a survey on media trust, presented to the We Media conference — these are the mediums that have the trust of users…

Why SA’s Online Journalism is Rubbish

net savvy Why SA’s Online Journalism is Rubbish When will online journalism make a real impact in this country? Matthew Buckland says that until online starts to publish more original stories, it’s not going to be taken seriously. There is…

The power of information

Net Savvy The power of information People are still asking today how it was that the world failed to mobilise during the Rwanda genocide. Nearly a million Africans were hacked and slaughtered, making it one of the most appalling genocides…