David’s a UK-based journalist who I’ve known for some years now. He writes a pretty good blog and, while we sometimes don’t quite see eye to eye on everything to do with social media, journalism and public relations – we coincide, though, much more often than not – we do talk quite a bit about areas of communication in which both of us have a keen interest and some pretty passionate views.
And so it was over a very pleasant lunch on 6 July at the Sipson Tandoori, a great Indian restaurant (“the epicurian capital of western Europe,” as we like to call it) near Heathrow airport. We met at the same place in June 2005, so much of our conversation was to do with what’s changed in a year.
As both of us are podcasters, naturally I recorded our conversation (on my spiffy Microtrack 24/96 digital audio recorder), the final version of which runs to just over 22 minutes. Only some light editing to the recording to take out some irrelevant stuff such as when the waiter interrupted our conversation flow.
We discussed a wide range of connected topics – a lot’s changed in a year; the end of social media fanaticism; ethics and journalism; newspapers and blogs; BrainStorm for podcasting; perspectives on what’s valuable; screencasts and screencasting software; videocasting and Alan Shearer; how to exploit new tools for organizational benefit; the life/work balance; opportunities and challenges; life changes and patterns of life.
So here’s our conversation. We hope you find it of interest. Do let us know.