Richard Stacy
I help organisations understand how to deal with the social media revolution. Before social media came along, I was as a public relations consultant, working for international agencies in London, Sydney, Brussels and Prague within the Saatchi & Saatchi / Publicis Groupe network.

Entries by Richard Stacy

Fantasy and Fear: At the Heart of the EU Referendum Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2016 | (10:26)

As a former public relations consultant I have been both a student, and to an extent a practitioner, of the dark arts of propaganda. I know that effective propaganda is like a drug: it has a terrible seduction that can lure whole nations into very dark places. One of the...

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The EU Referendum: Beware the Lure of a Scapegoat

(1) Comments | Posted 14 June 2016 | (16:49)

There can be no doubt that things that are not right. Our public services are not serving the public, our health system is creaking, our economy seems to have forgotten about the importance of creating things (other than City bonuses) and it is easier to explain the rules of cricket...

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Are Daesh Fascists?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2015 | (13:32)

The link between militant Islamism and 20th century fascism apparently dates back to 1933. It is a controversial subject and events since 2001 have obviously fuelled its debate. However, I have noticed an emerging trend for this debate to surface in mainstream discourse in recent weeks, in particular...

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Paris 11/13: We Need More Leadership, Not More Spying and Bombing

(0) Comments | Posted 16 November 2015 | (12:13)

Beyond the familiar feelings of despair there are two especially depressing aspects to what happened in Paris on Friday 13 November and its political aftermath.

First: a handful deluded men with guns. It is now so obvious that there is no security apparatus imaginable, short of an Orwellian security...

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Is the Bulk Interception of Data Worse than Mass Surveillance?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (08:05)

Where does bulk interception of data stop and mass surveillance start and in the world of Big Data and algorithmic surveillance is it even relevant to make such a distinction?

It emerged last week that these are important questions, following a ruling by the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal and subsequent...

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'Nous Sommes...' What Exactly?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2015 | (12:42)

This week the magazine Charlie Hebdo will publish a defiant response to the terrorists who assassinated 8 members of its staff and four shoppers in a Jewish supermarket. This response will involve publishing an image of the Prophet Muhammad.

Is this an appropriate response? Is this the way in which...

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Artifical Intelligence: Stephen Hawking Is Wrong (Sort Of)

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (12:02)

The revered physicist, Stephen Hawking, issued some warnings last week about artificial intelligence. His analysis follows the lines taken by most techy types, or at least was represented as such by the technology journalists that reported on it. This story basically predicts the creation of some...

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Does Facebook (Like Barclays) Operate a Dark Pool?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2014 | (15:28)

Last week (25 June 2014) saw an important announcement from the New York Attorney General. He announced that Barclays Bank is to be prosecuted concerning its operation of a 'dark pool'. A dark pool is basically a private trading area which a bank can operate on behalf of...

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The Sword, the Printing Press and the Algorithm: Three Technologies That Changed the World

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (14:22)

It is always a good game to identify the game-changers: to reduce the complexities of history (and perhaps even the future) into simple cause and effect relationships. No more is this so than with technology, given that we like to think we are living in a technological age and thus...

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Berlin Wall?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (16:22)

The Right Hon Michael Gove MP. Oh where does one start? Perhaps let us start with two words: Berlin Wall. Berlin Wall is the term that Mr Gove has just used to describe what it is that separates private and public education in the UK. And what a powerful term...

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Some Thoughts on Dominic Cummings and Regulatory Impossibilities

(1) Comments | Posted 14 October 2013 | (13:47)

You have to sympathise with Dominic Cummings, education secretary Michael Gove's outgoing adviser, although I suspect there are many in the educational establishment who do not. He has recently produced an astonishing paper entitled "Some thoughts on education and political priorities" which, for all its breadth and depth,...

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Social Media: Why It Will Change the World

(4) Comments | Posted 1 July 2013 | (14:39)

It is tempting to look at platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and see them as mildly irritating teenagers that have yet to grow up, develop adult sensibilities and start conforming to the realities of the real world. Many journalists, judges and politicians take this view I believe. It is...

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The World of the Individual: Why P&G, Coca-Cola and Facebook Might Have Got It Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (15:59)

Is it possible that organisations such as Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola (and even Facebook) are headed in the wrong direction when it comes to working out social media? Instead, could the very fact that such organisations are so accomplished in the practices of traditional marketing, mean that they are...

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A Thought on Margaret Thatcher

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2013 | (14:03)

Margaret Thatcher's strength was as a conviction politician, driven by a belief in the qualities of self-reliance, hard work and determination. It was these qualities, applied to herself, which propelled her to success, created her appeal and defined what it is we now call Thatcherism. Margaret Thatcher's weakness was a...

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Public Education a State Monopoly? No, Prime Minister

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2013 | (09:57)

I was listening to the BBC's Today programme yesterday. The prime minister, David Cameron, was being interviewed and in a throw-away soundbite to demonstrate how radical his administration was he said, "we have broken up the state monopoly on the provision of public education." I must confess I was only...

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Why Michael Gove Should Pay Attention to the Failure of Michael Porter

(1) Comments | Posted 28 November 2012 | (11:47)

This is a great article, written by Steve Denning in Forbes. It exposes fundamental flaws in the way many businesses have approached the business of strategy in recent years and it puts the focus back on the creation of value based around giving customers what they want. In...

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Niall Ferguson and the Decline of Everything (Including, Apparently, Evidence)

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2012 | (11:58)

I have recently listened to the last of Niall Ferguson's Reith Lectures. The lecture goes something like this: civil society is in decline, this is because of the growth of the State and the solution is to encourage the growth of private education.

The evidence does seem pretty...

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Facebook IPO Valuation: It's All About the Costs, Not the Revenue

(4) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (20:34)

I have had a quick look at the Facebook prospectus. The thing I found really interesting was not confirmation of revenue and its dependence on advertising, but a very first glimpse of how Facebook's costs are structured. I believe the key to working out a long-term, sustainable valuation for Facebook...

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The Enormous Consequences of Inconsequential Data

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2012 | (13:12)

I have recently come across this excellent Ted Talk by Kevin Slavin. It looks at algorithms and the powerful, but also hidden and unsupervised way they shape our world. It is a trifle scary. Kevin focuses on areas such as financial trading, but makes the point that algorithms...

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Why a Social Media Strategy is Different to a Marcoms Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2012 | (13:42)

The single most important thing to realise about social media is that it is different. Almost all of the mistakes being made in social media occur because organisations do not fully appreciate this and simply look to drag their existing marketing and communications ideas, campaigns and ways of thinking into...

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