Social media and Canadian politics: a primer list
By February 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Social media and Canadian politics: a primer list

A primer to introduce you to some of the MANY ways social media have been used and misused by politicians over the last few years.

Nothing to read here. Carry on.
By August 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Nothing to read here. Carry on.

The screenshot below shows a comment left by “Geordie Young” on the CBC.ca article Olympic coverage tweet puts Twitter at centre of scandal (full disclosure: I’m quoted in the article). Like most articles, the journalist is forced to be very selective on the use of quotes from outside sources. If Amber had run everything I said, the […]

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Every damn time!
By December 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Every damn time!

I guess I like smart television. Which is too bad, really. Every damn time (Arrested Development reference, see below) I learn about a great television show worth watching, it’s either just been cancelled or labeled by network executives as ‘too smart for television’ which an intimate cult following can’t save with a flash mob (for the […]

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Their appeal is becoming more selective
By August 8, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Their appeal is becoming more selective

Kevin McGowan, Kathleen Petty and I had a great conversation about the present state podcasting during a segment on CBC Ottawa Morning. The catalyst for the discussion is the recent announcement by Kevin that he’s putting an end to his popular music podcast, The Ruckus. The conversation largely hinged on the fact that most podcasters produce their podcasts […]

Elections Canada missed its cue
By April 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Elections Canada missed its cue

Gillian Shaw has a piece in the Vancouver Sun from two days ago in which she describes an organized effort to challenge the antiquated Canada Elections Act media blackout clause (see Canadians vow to break election day Twitter ban). Basically, the law states that election results from one poll can not be broadcast to other […]

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All MBLEVIS, all the time
By March 29, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

All MBLEVIS, all the time

Andrea pointed out that on the day I appeared in two articles on page A4 (March 28, 2011), the Globe and Mail “honoured” me by secretly embedding my first initial and last name above the paper’s masthead (highlighted in the attached photograph). In case you’ve missed it, over the last four days I’ve been on […]

Five years ago podcasting made its debut as a tool for advocacy
By August 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Five years ago podcasting made its debut as a tool for advocacy

It’s been five years since CBC employees were locked out by management. …five years since CBC Unplugged christened podcasting as an important channel for media talent to stay connected with legions of fans (and vice versa)… five years since Shelagh’s Caravan made its way from Vancouver to Signal Hill, podcasting their unregulated adventures and interactions […]

An update on House of Tweets
By March 9, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

An update on House of Tweets

House of Tweets, my report about the use of Twitter by elected members of Canada’s House of Commons, has drawn a lot of attention from the media. In fact, I just came from the CBC building where I was interviewed by Daniel Thibeault for TéléJournal (airing this Friday night). The more I talk about the […]

Terry O’Reilly and Mike Tennant
By October 29, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Terry O’Reilly and Mike Tennant

Those who think radio is lifeless and uninteresting, probably haven’t heard the voice of Terry O’Reilly. He’s an advertising guy in Toronto, Canada and we won’t hold either of those facts against him. He’s also the co-creator and host of an insightful and entertaining radio show that explores the history and evolution of marketing and […]

A good day
By October 27, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

A good day

Ahhhh. October, 26, 2009. I’d been looking forward to it for 13 days and it lived up to my expectations, and some. Out, damned lump! Out, I say! Andrea’s lumpectomy went very well. We had planned on it being a mastectomy and when we learned that the surgical date would be pushed out two weeks […]

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Hot and Cold Media (part 2): celebrity and personality
By September 10, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Hot and Cold Media (part 2): celebrity and personality

…continued from Hot and Cold Media (part 1): Media in the digital age… Issue #1: Celebrity and personality are two very different things Media is about relationships.  Relationships depend on individual personalities.  Just because a celebrity is admired by an audience, doesn’t mean the audience will relate to the celebrity.  The audience needs to feel as […]

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Hot and Cold Media (part 1): Media in the digital age
By September 9, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Hot and Cold Media (part 1): Media in the digital age

It’s easy to see that specializing and streamlining is not the beacon of fortunes the media conglomerates have been counting on. Radio and television in particular have been gambling on homogenized content and centralized programming in an attempt to make their content work on the widest scale possible; all of this at the expense of […]

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