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 […]

Too much FUD and too little facts about fracking

If there’s one major issue of significant public interest today that’s shrouded in fear, uncertainty and doubt, it’s fracking. If you believe the supporters of this mining process to extract natural gas and petroleum deposits from shale rock – formally known as “hydraulic fracturing” – it could be the salvation of our energy needs for […]

This story about PR qualifies for ‘must read’

Every now and again, something is written or said about the practice of public relations, its development and evolution, usually with the phrase “this is a must read” attached. In my experience, much of what’s described as “must read” is anything but, especially when the words “social media” are added; it’s just spin for the […]

Number 10 hands out Twitter exclusives to favoured journalists

A discussion topic in episode 701 of the FIR podcast, published today, looks at a question asked in the Metro newspaper last week: should British politicians take notes from Barack Obama’s campaign team? The Metro’s excellent report looked at the key role social media played  – especially Twitter – in both of the US president’s […]

When robots rule the world

The idea that computers rather than people could make decisions about other people’s intentions in the workplace that I wrote about recently – an IBM security tool can flag “disgruntled employees” – may be the tip of an evolutionary iceberg that spotlights a wider and deeper issue facing developed countries like the US and many […]