I never realised how much digital memorabilia one acquires during a long-lasting relationship until the moment I had to face it all and decide what to do with it: long threads of texts and WhatsApp messages, Facebook exchanges, Twitter comments, long emails, not to mention endless photos and selfies on Instagram or in the Camera Roll...
Breaking news used to be just that: hard news, a big story that had just happened. Today rolling 24/7 TV news shows need their yellow ticker to contain something all the time. They're no longer content to have no ticker when there's nothing to say. The ticker has become a roundup of all stories breaking or not. Where do they go from here? What happens when there is some real breaking news?
As a mischievous teenager I was berated by my grandmother for showing too much chutzpah. I believe she was using the original meaning of the popular Yiddish phrase - insolence. She'd be amused to think that it's now a word we use to shower praise on someone with the confidence and desire to get things done by strength of will and inventive interpretation of the rules.
If ever there was a sign of the changing nature of British enterprise, it was the recent publication of the CBI's new 'Creative Nation' report. Here was the UK's premier business organisation, traditionally associated with manufacturing industry, throwing its considerable weight behind the far less tangible businesses of computer games, rock bands, books and movies.
Mums and dads of wannabe writers, encourage your darlings to sharpen their pens, read newspapers, blog, tweet and watch late-night showings of All The President's Men, The Front Page and Five-Star Final (hunt it down, it's brilliantly nasty). They may not end up changing the world but I'm fairly confident that journalism will soon be more lucrative than it is now. And it'll save them from investment banking.
Technology has provided a new medium for labels, from heritage brands to avant-garde innovators, to explore and express their identity and style, and to take the stories, ideas and icons who that provided their foundation forwards into a new digital dimension. We take a look at the brands which are doing it best, through a few of the technological treats on offer.
In days of yore, a good friend of mine sold pirated VHS movies at school. As a 15-year-old it didn't matter that the image was black & white and that the only thing I could really see was the Chinese subtitles; what mattered was that I got to watch a film a week before it was released at the theatres.
Any political party that's serious about winning at the next election, especially when it comes to the votes of young people, has to ensure they've got a formidable digital strategy lined up. Watching the Twitter feeds of the main parties, especially during their recent conferences, has been fun, as they rehearse their virtual lines for the campaign. There's nothing these guys love more than a good hashtag - #freezethatbill, #britainontherise, #forhardworkingpeople...