All Men are Liars – Homogenous

There’s a reason we’ve got so little banking competition in this country and it’s largely because most of us don’t like surprises, so much so we’ll let ourselves be bent over and corn-holed on fees and interest rates because at least we know what we’re getting.

It’s also why we have so many McDonald’s and Ikeas and Asian hot bread shops making the same three types of bread: no surprises; just manage our expectations …

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Go on admit it, you don’t like surprises.

Sure, you love it when someone unexpectedly gives you a new pair of shoes or a pay rise but if your beer or fruit juice tastes just a bit different, your favourite cafe changes its menu or Facebook introduces a new page layout – well that’s just annoying isn’t it?

There’s a reason we’ve got so little banking competition in this country and it’s largely because most of us don’t like surprises, so much so we’ll let ourselves be bent over and corn-holed on fees and interest rates because at least we know what we’re getting.

It’s also why we have so many McDonald’s and Ikeas and Asian hot bread shops making the same three types of bread: no surprises; just manage our expectations …

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Over Half The News In Australia Is Spin


There were 2203 separate stories analysed across 10 newspapers in Australia between September 7 and 11, 2009 to determine whether they were initiated by public relations or promotions. The survey revealed that many news stories are based on PR-driven news. Henceforth, news that the news is based on non-news isn’t technically news; mainstream media gets tougher to swallow.

After analysing a five-day working week in the media across 10 hard-copy papers, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at the University of Technology in Sydney and online publication Crikey found that nearly 55 percent of stories analysed were driven by some form of public relations. The Daily Telegraph came out on top of the league ladder with 70 percent of stories analysed triggered by public relations. The Sydney Morning Herald ranks second with 42% PR-driven stories for that week.

It was noted that the really important news like half of south-eastern Queensland and elsewhere going under the water due to the Tsunami didn’t get a lot of coverage in the mainstream media. It’s ironic that an independent news site, Crikey, is so much more transparent as compared to mainstream news media in Australia.

What’s really horrifying is that people like Murdoch, Stokes are paying literally billions for this advertorial cum editorial kind of news. So as the public, our perception of what’s news has blurred thanks to this kind of advertorials.

Here are some clever headlines churned by the Digital Journal for the upcoming millennium:

–          The economic recovery is on track.

–          Water is a health hazard, drink cement instead.

–          100% global housing shortage, but markets upbeat.

–          Creationists sue God for socialist King James Bible omitting Ronald Reagan’s invention of the steam engine, wheel, and plausible diction.

What do you think of this realization? Is this something that would get worst in the future? We would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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Nielsen 2010 Social Media Report


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Nielsen Online released their “Nielsen 2010 Social Media Report” today which has a wealth of statisitcs on the social media landscape here in Australia.

Among the findings:

  • 9 million Australians now interact via social networks
  • content sharing is the most popular activity
  • 4 in 5 Australian Internet users have shared a photo
  • Twitter usage grew by 400% in 2009
  • Nearly 3/4 of Australians read a wiki
  • 2 in 5 Australians interact with companies via social networks

Read a PDF of today’s press release.

http://www.asiadigitalmap.com

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El crecimiento de Internet en la última década


Análisis por Mar Abad

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¿Quieres saber cómo ha crecido Internet en el mundo en los últimos diez años? La BBC muestra esta información en un mapa interactivo que detalla la expansión de la red, país por país, desde 1998 hasta 2008.

En 1998 apenas 4 países contaban con un índice de penetración de Internet superior al 31%. Diez años después toda Europa supera con creces esta cifra, junto a países como Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Norte América, Rusia, Australia, Japón, Nueva Zelanda, Irán o Marruecos.

Internet está creciendo a gran velocidad en toda Sudamérica, a excepción de algunos países como Bolivia y Suriname.

China es ya es primer país en el mundo en uso de Internet. En 2008 contaba con 298 millones de usuarios y superaba, así, a los 230 millones de EEUU. El gran reto ahora se presenta claramente en India. El país se está industrializando rápidamente, pero aún queda lejos de llegar a su potencial, con sólo 51 millones de usuarios conectados a la red de un total superior a los 1.000 millones de personas.

África también representa una oportunidad. Marruecos, donde el 32,9% de su población está conectada a Internet, se ha convertido en un ejemplo en el continente. Que un país como Congo, con más de 60 millones de habitantes, cuente sólo con 290.000 usuarios en Internet supone un gran reto.

Estas son algunas de las conclusiones ofrecidas por la BBC: Leer más “El crecimiento de Internet en la última década”

Beware of the chair


March 4, 2010

Office worker.Sitting for prolonged periods has been linked to health problems.

The science is in and it’s scary. Sitting down is bad for you – very bad. So much so that some workplaces are starting to act. Lissa Christopher, who wrote this story standing up, reports.

The time has come for office chairs to come with a health warning and ”upholstered, height-adjustable weapons of mass destruction” might not be too much an exaggeration.

Sitting for prolonged periods – and, let’s face it, few places compete with the office when it comes to opportunities to park one’s behind – is now linked to increased risk of premature death, particularly from cardiovascular disease. It is also associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cancer. Leer más “Beware of the chair”