It would not be an exaggeration to say that encountering the Atari ST began my career as a technology writer. Though I’d played with Sinclair Spectrums and Amstrad PCs in the 80s, I had never used a computer as a production tool. My undergraduate dissertation was written in longhand and … Continue reading
Did Twitter Just Remake Storify? Writerly types will know that you’re not supposed to end a headline with a question mark because readers can always answer with a swift and resolute “no”. It’s called Betteridge’s law after m’colleague +Ian Betteridge – who coined the rule. But in this case the question … Continue reading
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The Zero Theorem My local newspaper website, www.examiner.co.uk, has switched from a subscription based commenting system where people were able to define their own user names to a Facebook based system. The result? Engagement has died overnight. From an average of between 15 or 20 comments on each story to … Continue reading
The problem with using the statistical present as proof of how the future will develop is that there is no control. There is no future to refer to. People prefer print. Now. People prefer money. Now. People understand linear narratives better. Now. We don’t know what they’ll prefer tomorrow.
These media objects we mourn, LP covers, paperback books, will return as tangible avatars in the virtual worlds we eventually transition to. In other news, I just dropped my slice of malt loaf butter-side down. That won’t happen.
I am aware of that argument. It’s the one everyone makes when you do a search for “add extra RAM slots to motherboard” on Google. And it’s fair enough. But – where else do these things go? Landfill. That’s where. THINK OF THE CHILDREN. THINK OF THE POLAR BEARS! Also, … Continue reading
Just got one of those fake tech support calls. My partner, Ruth picked up the phone and her approach was quite different to my usual take-no-prisoners tirade of rage: Fake TS Guy: Hello, this the Technology Department of Microsoft Windows. We are calling about a problem with your computer. Ruth: … Continue reading