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On November 30th 2011, British public sector workers went on strike regarding their pensions. Considered to be ‘the biggest bout of industrial unrest since the 1979 winter of discontent’ according to the Guardian, with an estimated 2 million public sector workers taking part, it seemed that many of the British public supported the strike (and if not, did not...
When the Labour Party's Michael D Higgins was officially confirmed as the ninth Irish president on 29 October 2011, it was described as “one of the most remarkable comebacks in the state's history.” But what triggered this turnaround – and the collapse of his biggest rival, the independent candidate Seán Gallagher? A Gillian Duffy style-encounter? A misguided policy pledge? No –...
From its very beginning on September 17, the Occupy Wall Street movement sought to make use of the lessons learned from the Arab Spring in order to both organize itself and make its voice heard. Originally organized by the Canadian anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters but soon becoming an autonomous thing unto itself, Occupy Wall Street effectively evolved into a global...
From August 6th onwards one story dominated the British – and at time, global – media. Be it traditional sources; newspapers, television and radio, or modern media channels; Twitter, Facebook and blogs, it was impossible not to be excruciatingly aware of the summer’s English riots. The riots were arguably 2011’s biggest news in Britain, and will leave a mark on...
Update Sunday 24 July 2011 : At least 86 young people were killed Friday at youth camp on Utoeya, Norway, shot by a 32-year-old native Norwegian. Seven more died in a bombing in Oslo. Here are some first and second-hand accounts as well as traditional news reports.
June was the month that saw the advent of a brand new form of a social media, a pretty large IPO of an internet streaming company, and the resignation of a United States Congressman. It may have started late in the previous month, but it can be argued that the downfall of Anthony Weiner really came about in June. It was in...
It was meant to be a silent victory in the War on Terror. A carefully managed assassination of the world’s most wanted terrorist, an operation on Pakistani soil by a squad of US SEALs that Pakistan wasn’t meant to know about until after the event. Osama Bin Laden was meant to be killed and buried before anyone was any...
2011 was unquestionably the year of protests. From the Arab Spring to the infamous rioters across the UK the social media appears in hindsight to have rebelled every day. In April came Bristol’s turn with the unrest against a newly built Tesco Express store in Stokes Croft. Amid fear from reports that the store was to be petrol bombed by...
March 2011 was the month that UK Uncut hit the headlines. Born out of the hashtag #UK Uncut which began circulating after George Osborne’s spending review in October 2010, Uk Uncut describes itself as a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government's spending cuts. It was on 26th March - when Uk Uncut occupied the luxury department store...
February 2011 was the month of the domino effect. Following on from the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, social media was flooded with calls for protests in Middle Eastern counties including Yemen, Algeria, Bahrain and Libya. The internet's influence was evidenced by the increasing reliance of mainstream news upon Twitter and Facebook. On 4 February Al Jazeera reported that...
Antonia Kanczula Using social media as a tool for empowerment, People’s Voice Media have helped to train a legion of community reporters in the UK and abroad. I talked to their community manager Teresa Wilson about their aims and aspirations. “We’re not a media organisation; we’re a community development organisation. And how our community reporter scheme differs from traditional media...
This festive season, the Interhaktives at City University have decided to follow the trend set by both traditional and alternative media institutes and practitioners by devising our own news round-ups. Blogging about social media on this platform, we’ve chosen to reminisce on the big news stories that month in and month out have emerged on social media first and...
After a discussion with some of the other interhacktives, two things became readily apparent: Being able to search for words accompanying trends on Twitter would be really useful Currently, support for "sub-trend" searches is fairly lacking As an example of the first point: imagine you're at a conference full of Twitter users, and everyone's using the hashtag #fakeEvent to talk to each...
Neha-Tamara Patel The revolution of the tablet computer is making the media industry, especially newspapers, increasingly excited. The tablet offers the opportunity to transform the reading of print from paper to screen. Internet browsing on mobile and tablet devices is becoming more and more popular. Latest figures published on NewMedia TrendWatch (research conducted by Ipsos Mori) show that 31% of adults...
We follow, we friend, we linkin, we have buzzed and we have myspaced. We keep connecting. I believe I’m not too far off if I say we network now more than ever before in our entire history. Yet what we mostly do is connect at, dare I say, a technological level. Additionally, we are so found of this word, network,...
Antonia Kanczula Proving that modern communication tools can be used to reinterpret the past, an Oxford Uni history graduate has launched an ambitious six-year project to bring the Second World War (back) to life via Twitter. Alwyn Collinson, 24, is meticulously cataloguing every event - from eyewitness statements to military manoeuvres - in real time from the Twitter handle @RealTimeWWII and...
When looking at recent changes to the Facebook and Google News interfaces, a common factor soon becomes apparent - increasingly overt personalisation. Facebook has undergone countless tweaks since my generation first logged in half a dozen years ago, but the last round of modifications include the 'subscribe' function, which allows users to filter out content they see as irrelevant and...
Tea Party Pledge BlueRobot April 15, 2010 5:33:23 AM EDT I have something of a confession to make: I truly, utterly and sincerely admire the Tea Party's social media strategy. For my own benefit more than anyone else's, I would like to point out that I have absolutely no sympathy with their programme of cutting foreign aid, opposing stable health insurance costs in favour of 'choice'...
In story on the Guardian website today, 70% of people (in a survey of 973 adults) suggested they would be in favour of shutting down the social networks Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry Messenger during civil unrest. It comes off the back of the prosecutions for inciting riots (even though they did not occur after the said incident), and the use of...
Antonia Kanczula Yet again, it’s been a busy week for quirky tales – from using social media to track disease outbreaks to a Mexican football team replacing their players' shirt names with Twitter handles. Proving that amongst its myriad benefits, Twitter can be a conduit for reliable, level-headed and valuable community information, this week’s nod goes to the London Fire...