TechCrunch writer Robin Wauters wrote a terrific post yesterday on the ten words he would love to see banned from press releases. Big topic, Robin! Youâ€™re talking about changing a total mindset, a way of thinking, thatâ€™s prevalent in many organizations where jargon and buzzwords define a powerful comfort zone. PRs, try something like this in your next press release planning meeting. See if you can facilitate some change. Or come to the moment when you realize this isnâ€™t the place … [Read more...] about Pushing the buzzword comfort zone
Scott from Google went out on the streets of New York and asked people if they know what a browser is. The results may or may not surprise you. What theyâ€™ll indicate is how those of us embedded with tech, as it were, use common terms like â€˜browserâ€™ which many people still simply donâ€™t understand. Maybe thatâ€™s the surprise. Try it on your mother, though, and see what answer you get. Take a look: Hereâ€™s the start of Wikipediaâ€™s definition: A web browser is a software … [Read more...] about What is a browser?
This morning, I picked up a copy of todayâ€™s Daily Telegraph, the edition of the paper that includes â€œThe Complete Expenses Files,â€ a 68-page report detailing the revelations about MPsâ€™ expenses that the paper has been publishing every day for the past month or so. The first thing that struck me about this large-sized document was the front cover, which contains the image of a duck you see here â€“ a handsome Mallard, by the look of it â€“ and which probably sums up everything thatâ€™s … [Read more...] about The ridicule of Parliament
About a month ago, a package arrived from the US via FedEx containing a slim paperback that was the advance uncorrected proofs of Ignore Everybody, the first mainstream-published book from cartoonist and entrepreneur Hugh Macleod, author of the blog Gapingvoid. The book, published in hardback by Penguin, launched on June 11 and you can buy it online from, eg, Amazon US and UK. Thereâ€™s also a Kindle edition and, soon, an audiobook. I read the proof as soon as it arrived. Last week, I … [Read more...] about Ignore everybody and rock on
Iâ€™ve been thinking about this new cartoon from Hugh MacLeod on and off since I saw it yesterday. Hughâ€™s gapingvoid cartoons always make you think. I remember when I first discovered Hughâ€™s cartoons and that you could get one on your business cards. And then, you could get one on a t-shirt. Heh, create or die. :) Looks like Hugh is including this new one is his next batch of limited-edition prints. … [Read more...] about Create or die
I love a journalist who genuinely has a way with words. Whoâ€™s actually a good writer. Who might have an agenda and doesnâ€™t pretend he or she doesnâ€™t. Who touches on things that make you nod in recognition as well as laugh your head off. In sum, a journalist who writes so damn well and, usually, without giving a toss that Iâ€™ll read his or her content no matter what. For me, Paul Carr falls under that description. I tune in via RSS to Not Safe for Work, his weekly column in the Guardian … [Read more...] about No hoverboards in San Francisco?
Iâ€™m helping to get the word out about Red Nose Day 2009. Iâ€™ve created my digital red nose photo. Happy to have contributed Â£1 for that (paid via PayPal, making it so easy). Iâ€™ve changed my Twitter avatar to this photo which Iâ€™ll keep throughout this week. Iâ€™m following @rednoseday2009 on Twitter to keep abreast of whatâ€™s happening everywhere, online and offline. And Iâ€™ll be tuned in to BBC TV at times this week and definitely for some of the evening of the actual Red Nose Day: … [Read more...] about Do your bit for Red Nose Day
The always-excellent cartoonist Matt sums things up very nicely in todayâ€™s Daily Telegraph with this front-page cartoon. In such a British tongue-in-cheek way, it captures the zeitgeist surrounding two highly topical and opinion-provoking events that have dominated the mainstream media during the past week. One is pretty serious, the other looks as if it is but really, it isnâ€™t. The serious story is the one surrounding ex-Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Sir Fred Goodwin. Itâ€™s been making … [Read more...] about Capturing the zeitgeist