1 June 2018 MediaSocial MediaSociety Trust in tatters. Business model busted. And journalism under attack from all sides. So why does Vanessa Baird think that the news media has a bright future? For the past few years I’ve been going to the Media Democracy Festival held in London. The annual gathering of activists, journalists, students and academics, is usually rich in lament and criticism of the state of the mainstream media. But this year I sensed something different. Maybe it was because the precipice is closer, the abyss deeper, the media landscape even more plagued by fake news and rampaging bots, and littered with the wreckage of broken business models and shattered trust. There’s nothing like a vision of hell to concentrate the mind. But it wasn’t just that. There was something else this time: the buzz of possibility. Sure, people talked about what’s wrong. But there were also plenty of ideas about how to put things right – some of which … [Read more...] about A better media is possible
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A startup needs to be different to achieve scale. You can't find hyper-growth (which is the whole point of a startup), if you don't have some angle. There are many good, solid, businesses that don't need an angle. They just need good execution. To take an example from one of my past lives: IT consultancy. It's very hard to differentiate yourself as a builder of software systems. Only a few have managed it: Pivotal (who have an office in the CHQ building in Dublin) have a special methodology, and you have to use it when you work with them. So they can sell to you if you do, in fact, want to use their methodology. Thoughtworks, another global firm, have established such a strong position as thought leaders that they can sell just on that basis - you get the best brains. But, in general, IT consultancy is about delivering solid software on time. You run the business with high-touch direct sales, account managers, and people-focused engineering leaders who can figure out what clients … [Read more...] about Startup diary: You can learn how to thrive from the best startups
Vile YouTube YOUTUBE needs to get a grip of the dangerous material on its site. The Sun today reveals that the web giant hosts tutorials for DIY surgery — including abortions and circumcision. Whether it is half-naked children, IS terror, or neo-Nazi propaganda, the Google-owned site has repeatedly shown a blatant disregard for what is on its platform. How much longer can the Silicon Valley hippies be allowed to brazenly shirk their corporate responsibility? They can’t just shrug their shoulders and say: “Not much we can do, guv.” Imagine what would happen if newspapers and TV broadcasters decided to make a quick bob or two by allowing this type of material to appear in print, online or on our television screens. People would rightly be outraged. The company argues that it is a free speech platform, not a publisher. Codswallop. YouTube should face vast fines, sanctions and even criminal action if it does not act. It should invest in an army of people monitoring … [Read more...] about YouTube must get a grip on its dangerous and vile content — it simply cannot continue
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has promised to protect user privacy before. Will this time be different? Facebook is famous for rolling out features that prod users to bare more about themselves, fueling Facebook's multibillion-dollar advertising business. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 6 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY Published 4:22 a.m. ChT April 11, 2018 | Updated 5:44 a.m. ChT April 11, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 6 COMMENT EMAIL MORE SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg has promised to protect people's privacy before. Will this time be any different? That was the question looming as the … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has promised to protect user privacy before. Will this time be different?