You Say You Want a #Revolution?

With the rise of social media, it has never been easier for activist groups and individuals alike to disseminate their opinions, propaganda and campaigns online to a global audience. But is the humble hashtag really such a great thing for social justice and free speech? Online activism, often expressed through Facebook groups, online blogs and…

Can I Have Your Attention?

I am both a compulsive procrastinator and obsessive perfectionist. Hypocritical? Perhaps. But when it comes to my attention span, I am also more than a little bipolar. It is no secret that the technological world (and the Net Generation in particular) is fast becoming a realm of the ‘goldfish’ mentality. With so many media platforms,…

Guerrilla Gatekeeping

In this podcast, I talk about the role of the Internet in the changing face of modern journalism. With the rise of citizen news reporting and the ‘Hive Mind’, news may now be available more instantaneously and abundantly, but does this mean we have to compromise the quality of legacy news values? With no gatekeeper…

An Apple a Day

The above video addresses the age old battle of the brands – Apple versus Android. In it, I discuss my personal struggles between the materialistic appeal of the iPhone versus the open-sourced capabilities of the Android, and why I believe I will continue to buy Apple products despite acknowledging that Android phones are in fact…

Smartphones in Public: It’s Nothing Personal

With the rapid evolution of mobile technologies, our mutual conception of what constitutes ‘public space’ has now become more blurred than a photo taken on a camera flip phone. While many people are now aware of prime advertising markets that exist within these ‘spaces’ – the likes of billboard signs, targeted online consumerism or even…

Riding the Long Tail

In the above video, I discuss the theory of the long tail, whereby an abundance of free-to-enter platforms coupled with free-to-consume content on the Internet has resulted in the commodification of audiences in an attention economy. This trend may have given outlets to niche communities online, but it has also made it difficult for start…