If historical analogies provide the measure of a man, then Downing Street henchman-in-chief, lead iconoclast and perpetual ideas recyclist “Classic Dom” Cummings is doing a spectacularly good job, writes Thomas Stoeckele introducing the show notes for episode 32 of our Small Data Forum podcast. In this episode that Thomas, Sam Knowles and I recorded just a week after Boris got Brexit done, we disagree with such a wild claim mostly in a reasonable way (although Thomas has a different view on … [Read more...] about SDF 32: When Henry VIII met Dr Strangelove
The results of a survey published last month suggest that journalists believe fake news is creating new trust in traditional media around the world. According to the 2017 Ogilvy Media Influence survey, traditional media was found to be the most trusted news source globally by 52 percent of journalists surveyed across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The reporters and producers reflected on the role of social media, company websites and other factors in the importance of … [Read more...] about Should you place your trust in the mainstream media?
To many people, the phenomenon known as fake news is something that's moved beyond just a news item itself and into the realm of trust. With so much reporting and commentary about fake news, it's no surprise that we're placing greater importance on verifying the truthfulness of what we read, listen to and watch that is called 'news.' Whether it's online or via the traditional mainstream media, or from companies, governments and others, we want to feel assured that what we encounter as news is … [Read more...] about Fake news is a global concern says BBC survey
The results of a new survey for BBC World News shows a surge in smartphone use for consuming news among affluent consumers compared to the general population. The BBC defines "affluent consumers" as the highest 20 percent income earners in each country surveyed. What the BBC describes as the world's first study into the use of mobile by affluent consumers - over 6,000 such people were surveyed in Australia, Germany, Sweden, India, Hong Kong and the US - shows a 15 percent yearly increase in … [Read more...] about Smartphones preferred device for news among affluent consumers says BBC
It's doubtful that many people would disagree with the belief that our behaviours in how, where and when we consume content - the evolved way of saying what we used to describe as reading the papers, listening to the radio or watching TV - have shifted dramatically and permanently with the broad and deep penetration of technology, both hardware and software. We're exposed to research, surveys and opinions - much of it highly credible - to show us how our world of content creation and … [Read more...] about BBC global survey shows evolving news consumption habits across multiple screens
Watching events this weekend that make up the still-unfolding crisis at the BBC has been an experience of mixed emotions, ranging from bewilderment to despair to resignation (in two senses of that word). Much of that surrounds the (now ex) Director-General George Entwistle, pictured, an honourable man whose short tenure in the job did little that demonstrated that BBC leadership had a firm grip on matters. At the heart of this crisis right now are two specific investigations: A … [Read more...] about Getting a grip on the lurching crisis at the BBC
Unless you sit atop a remote mountain or cast yourself away on a desert island, and as long as you have no means of digital connectivity with you, it's impossible to avoid seeing and hearing about Jimmy Savile. The continuing reporting on the revelations about the late alleged child abuser is relentless. Each day, more stories emerge of what the man did who used his status as a TV entertainer, charity fundraiser and society do-gooder as a cover for the sexual abuse he's accused of meting out … [Read more...] about Does the BBC really have the courage to come clean?
The headline above is deliberate in the order in which I put the two key words: â€˜videoâ€™ and â€˜viral.â€™ I hear a lot of talk about viral videos, as in â€œWeâ€™re creating a viral video.â€ And my new favourite which I heard last week: â€œWeâ€™re going to viral the campaign.â€ (Proof that you can do amazing things with the English language.) The latest such talk is today and the Inside Today video created by the Rubber Republic agency for BBC Radio 4â€™s Today programme. Much of the … [Read more...] about Making a video viral