Digital Media

Interview With the Unit

Clara Cullen | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

From 19th September - 18th October The Unit is hosting a new exhibition, simple entitled 'U', the exhibition explores our relationship with the digital age and comes to some harrowingly beautiful conclusions. I chatted to Jonny and Joe about the exhibition and the fantastic year The Unit has had.

The Internationalisation of Press

Barry Whyte | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Barry Whyte

Only in the past couple of years have the rise of digital networks really facilitated the internationalisation of press... Not only are consumers reading online newspapers in growing numbers, but interestingly, their primary online newspaper is increasingly likely to be based in a country other than their own.

The Always-On Generation Isn't So Bad

Lucy Cooper | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
Lucy Cooper

Connectedness, as the merging and integration of technology, people, global communities, is 'the real world' today... what young generation hasn't had their own paradigm shift to content with over the years - the sexual revolution, post-war modernism, woman's rights, gay rights, the structure of the workplace, informality, the changing structure of the family unit...

Europe: Verify or Die

Donald Hamilton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Tech
Donald Hamilton

If ad verification isn't taken seriously, it will be the end of digital advertising as we know it. The industry has to grow and the only way it can is through universal verification that is accepted by the entire ecosystem.

BNP Logs On to Social Media as Mainstream Parties Fall Behind

Louis Reynolds | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

Relative to its tiny size, its social media reach has rapidly become enormous. The BNP Facebook page currently has over 152,000 likes, in comparison the Liberal Democrats' page has just over 97,000. Even the Conservatives, the most popular party on Facebook, have only 223,000 likes. What's more, the BNP's Facebook presence is growing far more rapidly than that of other political parties.

Five Things That Happen When You Take a Break From Your Mobile Phone

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

Three weeks on - and thanks to a predictably complicated insurance policy - I find myself still without a mobile phone. The period of mourning has passed, as has the twitchiness of empty hand syndrome, leaving me on the other side of a techy black hole so pleasant, I'm considering quitting this mobile phone malarkey forever. Or at least for a little bit longer.

A Bright Future for Film

Adam Hamdy | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Film is dead. Long live television. That's the bleak assessment of dozens of articles on film-making in the last couple of years. The truth is, there's never been a more exciting time to be a filmmaker.

The Digital World - When It Comes to Sport, Women Are Leading the Way

Alexandra Chalat | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Sport
Alexandra Chalat

When I'm speaking to my friends who are also women in the sport industry, we often find ourselves reflecting that we work in a sector that's predominantly male. It's not a new realisation. And it's not surprising. Sometimes it's a rant, sometimes it's a complaint, and other times it's just an observation of a meeting we had where we were the only woman in the room, or at an event where very few women were present.

Is It Possible to be Objective Covering Massacres?

Nehad Ismail | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The historian Howard Zinn observed: "You can't be neutral on a moving train". If we listen to two different reporters covering the same story, we will hear two different versions. Each will have his own unique approach and interpretation.

Are You a Slave to Your Smartphone?

Bev James | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Tech
Bev James

Do you find that being "too busy" stops you from achieving what you want to achieve each day, each week or even each year? Managing your time and your productivity yourself is the only way to stop the busyness and start doing what matters.

Wanderlust: 'My Life of Travel'

Kiesha Meikle | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiesha Meikle

If I wasn't travelling, I think I would explode! Well, not really, but if I wasn't travelling I would definitely feel lost. Wanderlust is something some people have ingrained in their very soul and they cannot ignore it, no matter how hard they try.

The All-Mighty Blocking Order: A Copyright Holder's Best Friend?

Shana Ting Lipton | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Tech
Shana Ting Lipton

In late 2015, internet users in Britain who have illegally downloaded or streamed videos could go to their letterboxes and find something far worse than junk mail: a warning from their Internet Services Providers (ISPs) related to their dodgy activity -- every freeloading web junkie's worst nightmare.

Advertising Week 2014 Proves That the Future Is Optimistic

James Connelly | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Tech
James Connelly

This year's Advertising Week Europe (AWE) was a real whirlwind. For four days the European ad industry hurried enthusiastically between conference rooms at the iconic BAFTA building to beat the queues and grab front row seats to watch the likes of Sir Martin Sorrell, Idris Elba and Pete Cashmore.

How Early Should Our Kids Be Coding?

Juan Lobato | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Tech
Juan Lobato

So far, 2014 seems to be the year that coding hits the mainstream news agenda. Earlier in March, we saw a huge push to get coding onto the curriculum and into the workplace, with Education Secretary Michael Gove announcing that this year was the 'Year of Code'.

Digital Memory Loss

Liza Bel | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Tech
Liza Bel

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...

Is the 'Need for Speed' Killing the Media... And Us?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Paul Blanchard

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?

Cameron's Digital UK Needs A Dose Of Chutzpah

Grant Feller | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

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.

Digital Activism Drives Democracy in the 21st Century

Hugh Salmon | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

For several years now, I have advocated that more intelligent use of the media options available to us in the 21st century can influence social change and a better world.

WhatsApp Deal Shows Facebook Chasing Dominance, Not Relevance

Gavin Megaw | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Tech
Gavin Megaw

The fact that a company with a mere 32 engineers in its workforce can be valued at $19bn - more than Twitter when it went public - is extraordinary. But it is a clear guide to the power that digital media tools hold.

To Avoid Special Surprises on Social Media, Curate, Don't Control

John Coventry | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Tech
John Coventry

Cursory lessons all round this week on Social Media - as two quite different organisations trying to assert too much control of their message end up losing control of it entirely.

Investment Is Key to Unleashing the Power of Britain's Creative Industries

David Glick | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
David Glick

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.

Online Advertising: Where Ignorance Really Isn't Bliss

Duncan Trigg | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Trigg

Why is it so difficult to find out where your advertising is appearing online, and how can marketing professionals take back the reins over their collateral and get what they really need out of their online relationship?

Crunch Time for Criticism

Ben Mirza | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

In recent years, film critics have been the most pessimistic when it comes to the general public's change in attitudes towards traditional arts journalism.

2014 - The Year of the (New) Journalist

Grant Feller | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

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.

Four Minute Warning - Two Major Shifts in Marketing Culture

Raconteur Media | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Raconteur Media

Last week, I attended The Drum's annual Four Minute Warning 'disruption day' on behalf of Raconteur. The focus was on all things future - and the ...