Sunday, May 25, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Land grab, corporate battle, whatever you want to call it, its all part of the the quest of the monoliths for digital domination. So while the virtual powerhouses battle it out, I mere mortal digital immigrant will sit on the sidelines and figure out whether to join those 60 million odd users and marketers or face off?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The second reason I enjoy Sky is that every evening between 20h30 and 21h00 SA time they talk about the hot Internet news stories of the day, most popular video downloads and most clicked stories. This evening, the stabbing to death on Oxford Street in London of a man convicted of gang raping a young girl was most popular, followed by the earthquake in China with riveting video material supplied by a citizen reporter and third, Duchess Ferguson defending the weight of her daughter Beatrix. Sky is an Award winning broadcaster and is living proof of a media harnessing the growing influence of the Internet through its own programming. They are not alone of course, CNN are going to great lengths to encourage citizen journalism and actively interact their audiences. Locally I have noticed that Radio 702 is actively encouraging citizen journalism and is placing their editorial contributions increasingly in the hands of Joe Public out there. They consistently encourage listeners to visit their website and interact with them via mobile or other devices and report the news. They are also doing a brilliant job with their community efforts with the 702 crime line. As a talk station this transition into the digital space is quite seamless and painless it seems. Of course The Times, South Africa’s first interactive newspaper which was launched just under a year ago has lead the way with this and is growing from strength to strength. Now what I would really like to see them (and/or others do) do, is take a leaf out of Downing street's book when it comes to children. After all, they are the digital natives of today and the world's hope for the future.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Yes that me - just one of the many millions of Crackberry heads out there with an overworked thumb! There are numerous other features to mention, but I am already sold. I’m salivating despite not being technologically minded, because I know what I like and what makes my work life easier and it’s a Blackberry. With the Bold on its way, I am destined to carry on switching my sim card, until I either get another job, figured a way to cut through the IT bureaucracy or perhaps perhaps, you never know, but it has been suggested to me - I try out the new Apple iPhone (which will be in SA in June) and miraculously get cured. Now there’s a thought!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Thanks to Karl Fisch, I seem far more intelligent and knowledgeable about the impact of technology on our daily lives, than I really am. And without fail, each time I share his presentation Shift Happens, like I did today, with colleagues and other important people I notice the lights go on around the room, the nodding heads and then when it's it's all over, the predictable scramble to my laptop to get copies of his salient words. For those brief moments Mr Fisch makes me feel really important, that somehow I knew his words existed and could share them. Of course I didn't find them on my own, they were shared with me so I could share them with others. So I'm a big fan, not because what he says is earth shatteringly new, but because the information is crafted together so succinctly, powerfully and simply. And while the presentation is very much from a US perspective, the same issues are confronting our country too, perhaps only differing in scale. The overall message is the same and while Mr Fisch directs a lot of his challenges at the education system in the US and to empowering students and education policy decision makers, I reckon a whole lot of local business people would shift their view after a run through.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
I cut and pasted some of Obama's twitterings below in case you're interested..
Name Barack Obama
Location Chicago, IL
Campaigning today in South Bend, IN and will be on Letterman tonight at 11pm ET/PT on CBS.
about 9 hours ago from web
Having lunch with Michelle & talking with working families in Indianapolis, then heading to Bloomington for a rally at Indiana University. 01:15 PM April 30, 2008 from web
In Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem & Hickory, NC today. Also, on the Rachael Ray Show today. For show times visit: http://rachaelrayshow.com. 11:01 AM April 29, 2008 from web
At a One-Stop Early Vote Rally at The University of North Carolina, Dean E. Smith Center. More info: http://my.barackobama.com/c.... 07:07 PM April 28, 2008 from web
In New Albany, IN at a town hall meeting at Indiana University Southeast. 01:37 PM April 23, 2008 from web
Traveling through PA today & asking folks to vote for change! If you are in PA & need polling location info visit http://pa.barackobama.com. 10:15 AM April 22, 2008 from web
Going to be on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight. 11:00pm ET on Comedy Central. Hope you watch & reply with your thoughts after. 09:25 PM April 21, 2008 from web
In McKeesport & Pittsburgh, PA today finishing the "On Track for Change" tour and reminding everyone in PA to vote tomorrow! 02:01 PM April 21, 2008 from web
In Reading & Scranton, PA today. Honored to be campaigning with Senator Bob Casey and Caroline Kennedy. Visit http://PA.BarackObama.com. 01:48 PM April 20, 2008 from web
On the "On Track for Change" tour through Pennsylvania. Heading to Harrisburg for a rally tonight on the State Capitol's South Steps. 03:21 PM April 19, 2008 from web
At Independence National Historical Park (Philly, PA) kicking off the "On Track for Change" tour. For more info: http://PA.BarackObama.com. 05:33 PM April 18, 2008 from web
In Philadelphia, PA. Debating tonight on ABC. Watch the debate at 8pm ET/PT and 7pm CT/MT. Text your thoughts to 62262 after. 05:17 PM April 16, 2008 from web
At the Building Trades National Legislative Conference, stating that we need to strengthen the long-term competitiveness of our economy. 09:47 AM April 15, 2008 from web
In PA at the Alliance for American Manufacturing, stating that any trade agreement must contain real, enforceable standards for workers. 10:12 AM April 14, 2008 from web
Campaigning in Indiana today. Going from Indianapolis to Columbus and on to Terre Haute. For more info visit http://IN.BarackObama.com. 11:00 AM April 11, 2008 from web
Talked with Communications Workers of America about getting America back to work. Watch my full speech at: http://tinyurl.com/5mmlrv 04:15 PM April 08, 2008 from web
In Indiana on the 40th anniv. of Dr. King's assassination. Asking everyone to continue his lifelong pursuit of social & economic justice. 11:29 AM April 04, 2008 from web
Troubled by today's unemployment figures, the latest indicator of how badly America needs fundamental change from Bush-McCain policies. 12:48 PM April 03, 2008 from web
At West Chester University of Pennsylvania, will be appearing live on MSNBC at 5PM ET today for the Chris Matthews Hardball College Tour. 03:36 PM April 02, 2008 from web
Reminding everyone to donate by midnight tonight and you could be chosen to dine with me and a few supporters. http://barackobama.com/dine. 03:05 PM March 31, 2008 from web
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