Was Napoleon short? Did a World War Two bomber land on the moon? Whether deliberate propaganda or innocent fun, 'fake news
Reddit has gone from being a small subsection of the internet to the default social meeting place for millions. It's where
My family, it appears, are a 'bunch of ugly, sad losers'. My wife is so 'desperate' to leave me that she will '**** the next man she has a drink with'. My beautiful children are, variously, 'pathetic... spoilt... probably adopted' because I am 'unable to get it up... a waste of space... a miserable, untalented tosser'. Worst of all though, my kitchen is 'hideous'. So this is what being trolled feels like... The other week I wrote what I felt was a thought-provoking, if slightly tongue-in-cheek, confessional about my enforced 12-month sabbatical as a stay-at-home dad trying to set up a new business after sudden redundancy.
As I sat with my husband on the sofa after putting our kids to bed, we collapsed on the sofa to watch some TV (prerecorded, of course). While we fired up our screens for a leisurely evening of media consumption, surfing and mild conversation...
What does it say about the media that this is the coverage we got about a middle-aged man fighting for his life? Often, when we debate media ethics today, there are a lot of grey areas, but personally I think we can be fairly black and white in this particular case. It tells us that the media places little to no value on fact, on privacy, on respect and on basic human dignity.
Anyone involved in the production of news journalism, whatever their medium, feels assailed by a dizzying rate of evolution. Content creation, distribution platforms, interaction with consumers are all in constant flux. But the annual Digital News Report, launched at Edelman's offices this morning, reminds us that all of that change is attributable to some very familiar forces.
CDs are dead; consigned to the bargain basement of life, nestled alongside corpses of cassette tapes and decomposing mini discs. I'd argue that websites are to news, what CDs were to music. Desktop, website experiences, once the saviour of publishing, are flat as a pancake and pretty soon, like CDs, websites as we know them, will be gone.
It's a David and Goliath battle of the glossy magazine world - Lifestyle glossy Hello! magazine has forced a young rival
'What's on your mind?' Well, isn't that the question. It seems that an extraordinary number of people actually feel like Facebook is personally talking to them when they read this question in the website's status bar.
This weekend I decided to go offline for the day - no blogging, no tweeting, no nothing... to stay away from my laptop for an entire day.