Posts Tagged ‘online life’

The P word PLAGIARISM in today’s news aggregation game

Note: Just this morning, 13 April 2015, while searching for a graphic in the media library of this blog to insert in a comment, I came across this post (below) in ‘drafts’ from July 2014. I have no idea why I neglected to publish it at the time. Reading it again this morning, I found […]

Read Nicky Hager’s search warrant

How we want it to be: How it sometimes is (click to read documents): Documents from New Zealand cops raided home of reporter working on Snowden documents by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher (The Intercept). Worth reading to see how our government’s actions are perceived. – P

Tim Cook denies ‘rumours’ of NSA back-door into Apple servers

This 3 minute excerpt of Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talking to Charlie Rose yesterday interested me for a couple of reasons 1) encrypted iMessages with Apple keyless and 2) his very strong denial of rumours/suggestions of NSA back-door access … ‘the Snowden thing’ (starts 2:10, but watch the whole 3 mins): Which accords with this […]

Look Up: a poem to make you think about ‘social’ media

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. — Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk. Nice work. Think about it. – […]

The evolution of news media pinching pics off social media

I noted this photo credit: “Photo / Supplied by Facebook” in the NZ Herald‘s front page story today. Whatever. I’m not that critical, and, in this case, it’s probably fine with the ‘subject’ … but what do you think?: Is it OK for news media to take and re-publish items from someone’s Facebook profile? (And […]

Learning from the NY Times soul-searching on digital media

Pretty hard to argue with Nieman Journalism Lab’s headline: The whole leaked report is worth a read, if you’re interested. [I downloaded it, and ran it through Adobe Acrobat Pro to de-skew and OCR the text. If you want a copy of that file (~20 MB) drop me a line — address at the ‘About‘ […]

This thought, about internet bullying, surprised me.

From the frequently-interesting ‘Twelve Questions with …’ series at the New Zealand Herald. It’s been ages since I listened to (then) Pauline Gillespie on (then) ZMFM – two name changes – but she’s obviously a thoughtful, professional broadcaster and media personality/celebrity who (in my view) has earned the right to offer her opinion about such […]

Let’s get a little perspective on journalists and bloggers

On the eve of World Press Freedom Day 2014, the press freedom situation in Azerbaijan is worse than perhaps ever before. Journalists and bloggers who dare to criticize the authorities or cover risky topics such as human rights abuses and corruption face a range of pressures, including harassment, intimidation, threats, blackmail, violent attack, and imprisonment. […]

Tarring us all with the same brush?

In Steven Price’s recent article Opening the door to bloggers first published in Australia’s Gazette of Law and Journalism and now reproduced at the INFORRM (The International Forum for Responsible Media) blog, he lays out this point of view: New Zealand’s 600 or so bloggers are invariably careless, partisan, malicious or deranged, and are generally […]

Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’

This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the oh-so-easy-to-reach-for-until-you’re-tested ‘truth defence’ in this case was abandoned during the trial. In her ruling, released […]

More discussion on the Press Council’s move to ’embrace’ new media

More discussion on the Press Council move to embrace new media … with a few different points of view — including a sound bite of my own. The NZ Herald‘s media columnist John Drinnan, I think, ‘gets’ the distinction between blogging as self-expression/discussion/current affairs and ‘blogging’ as a dirty, abusive, weaponised PR campaign … which […]

Et tu, RTF? (WTF)

See this article by UK-based computer security specialist Graham Cluley Just previewing an Outlook email could infect your computer. Microsoft warns of zero-day flaw. Just previewing it? Gah! I remember when Microsoft Office macros were shown to be able to be exploited to infect computers. I ran my (since departed) MS Office suite with the […]

Quite a good editorial on the issue of bloggers as journalists

The Southland Times Editorial: Discomforting scrutiny is worth a read. The editorial is a reference to the news that the NZ Press Council wants to offer a warm embrace to bloggers — perhaps to shore up its membership. And relevance? (Am I being too cynical?) Although, describing a judge’s decision as of “dullardly calibre” because you see […]

Kinda funny

Internet commenters as psychopaths (also applies to ‘blogsters’)

From an article you may have already seen at Slate magazine by Chris Mooney: Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People — Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on […]