On a digital roll at the FT

If you want evidence that digital and print publications can live together very nicely in the midst of continuing change and declines in circulations and advertising revenues for printed newspapers, look no further than the Financial Times. In July 2012, the paper reported that, for the first time, digital subscriptions had surpassed print subscriptions. And […]

Filters and trust

As we get exposed to more and more information online, two elements assume great importance – filtering in the things we want to see; and verifying those things so we trust our filtered-in information along with the purveyors of it. The former is easier done than the latter: there are apps, algorithms and all manner […]

How ‘social TV’ enables immersive involvement in live events

Audience participation with live TV events via social channels like Twitter is becoming increasingly common and a big part of audience expectations. I’m thinking of campaign-type events, not spontaneous or serendipitous actions by individual tweeters, Facebookers or Google+ers with their communities. This is about orchestrated activities: programme-makers and the television broadcasters creating a broader platform […]

Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day

Amid the conflict, awful tragedy and human suffering constantly occupying centre stage in mainstream media reporting about the Middle East, one man tries to explain the relationship complexities of, among, between, within and without key countries, states and individuals;  and countries outside the region. Financial Times reader K.N. Al-Sabah writes a letter to the editor […]