Sat in my shed, headphones on. My attention flitting between writing and podcasts. I can't do both. I find it hard enough to write as it is. Listening to podcasts or even songs with lyrics while writing triggers a tipping point where I can't do either. I considered starting a mailing list this week. Just text. This blog post may have been the first one. Not for any other reason other than to … [Read more...] about One Thousand Words on Audio
I'm currently preparing slide decks for both the Milton Keynes International Festival and the Digital Wine Communicators Conference. In both instances I've been asked if I can talk on Networked Storymaking with a focus on interview techniques. This is interesting as if I'm honest it's not something I've thought about in depth. Until now that is. I have over one and a half thousand … [Read more...] about Interview Techniques
On June the 25th 2014, it will be the seventh continual year there has been a symposium (picnic) at George Orwell’s grave. It's also of course his birthday. Back in 2007 we sat on the grass sharing food and drink, experiences and stories. As we have done every year since. Asking questions, discussing threatened freedoms and eroded civil liberties... all things Orwellian. We once used the … [Read more...] about The Picnic is a Political Act
I once heard of a TV journalist who kept the names and addresses of his Syrian sources in a little black book, and all the video he shot of activists, complete with faces, on an open hard drive. He was detained by the secret police in Damascus, which was scary for him, but worse for his contacts. In his easily accessible files he had neatly identified, catalogued and given phone numbers for a … [Read more...] about Public until proven otherwise
Whenever talking about social stuff I'm often delivered the same statement when it comes to micro-blogging platforms. "I haven't got time for that. It's just people tweeting their food." There is often a tone of distain in the voice. As if the complainant logged into Twitter, was tied to a chair and forced to look at sandwich after sandwich, cake after cake, snack after snack. Unable to avert … [Read more...] about Why do we tweet what we eat?