In defence of bloggers – we’re not inadequate & pimpled

Andrew Marr has been a hero of mine for a long time. Unfortunately the shine completely fell off this week, when he denounced bloggers as ‘inadequate, pimpled and single’ , while citizen journalism also gets the benefit of his boot, being described as ‘the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night’. The rant doesn’t end there, which was carried out against bloggers, at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. This is an incredibly unfortunate episode – the significance of which shouldn’t be underestimated. When someone this influential in the media industry speaks out with such vehemence against bloggers, it’s something you sit up and take notice of.

The single biggest problem with Andrew Marr’s argument, is that he dismisses bloggers in total, as if ‘blogging’ is the unifying factor and therefore we all operate in the same way. This is completely illogical, as if by becoming a blogger, you are immediately like all other bloggers. Compare a Mashable to a Wiggly Worms blog and you see where his argument really falls down ; they are completely different from each other. A blog is a means of producing content, it is a form of content in itself. It really is time to get away from the idea of ‘bloggers’ being one and part of the same crowd. It is really no different to criticise bloggers, than it is is to criticise writers outright. Any point that Andrew Marr might have had is unfortunately lost in this. But putting this misunderstanding to one side, is there any validity in his arguments against citizen journalism?


2857126034 bbafbb76ca In defence of bloggers   were not inadequate & pimpledAndrew Marr has been a hero of mine for a long time. Unfortunately the shine completely fell off this week, when he denounced bloggers as ‘inadequate, pimpled and single’ , while citizen journalism also gets the benefit of his boot, being described as ‘the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night’. The rant doesn’t end there, which was carried out against bloggers, at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. This is an incredibly unfortunate episode – the significance of which shouldn’t be underestimated. When someone this influential in the media industry speaks out with such vehemence against bloggers, it’s something you sit up and take notice of.

The single biggest problem with Andrew Marr’s argument, is that he dismisses bloggers in total, as if ‘blogging’ is the unifying factor and therefore we all operate in the same way. This is completely illogical, as if by becoming a blogger, you are immediately like all other bloggers. Compare a Mashable to a Wiggly Worms blog and you see where his argument really falls down ; they are completely different from each other. A blog is a means of producing content, it is a form of content in itself. It really is time to get away from the idea of ‘bloggers’ being one and part of the same crowd. It is really no different to criticise bloggers, than it is is to criticise writers outright. Any point that Andrew Marr might have had is unfortunately lost in this. But putting this misunderstanding to one side, is there any validity in his arguments against citizen journalism? Leer más “In defence of bloggers – we’re not inadequate & pimpled”

Web Design Podcasts Which Will Improve Your Life

Last year we published a post on 7 Great Podcasts for Web Designers which went down well with our readers.

Since then, several of the podcasts have dropped off the radar including arguably the most famous one of all time: BoagWorld.

At the same time a whole load of new web design related podcasts have sprung up, so today we’re going to take a look at the best way to get your web design news fix in audio format.

All of the podcasts covered here are linked directly through to iTunes so that you can instantly subscribe and download them straight from the source.


thumbLast year we published a post on 7 Great Podcasts for Web Designers which went down well with our readers.

Since then, several of the podcasts have dropped off the radar including arguably the most famous one of all time: BoagWorld.

At the same time a whole load of new web design related podcasts have sprung up, so today we’re going to take a look at the best way to get your web design news fix in audio format.

All of the podcasts covered here are linked directly through to iTunes so that you can instantly subscribe and download them straight from the source.
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Which Will Be Bigger? Social TV or 3DTV?

The BBC has confirmed they are working on a new beta version of their popular on-demand television service, the iPlayer. As a public broadcaster, the BBC relies on tax dollars to an extent, to stay in business. They seem to be taking Social TV quite seriously – investing and setting new trends with social viewing. The Beeb has partnered with Microsoft to develop an iPlayer that allows users to communicate with each other using Windows Live Messenger while watching on-demand programmes. With over 450 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users, it seems to make sll kinds of sense for the broadcaster to use the Messenger network. This partnership is interesting in that the BBC has chosen to not leverage social sites Facebook or Twitter – meaning BBC doesn’t want to “create” their own social network … rather they have left the door open to harness third party social sites in the future. I don’t know how well the Windows Live Messenger can be shared on all social sites, but one would think that down the road this avenue will pay off big time for the BBC. iPlayer is not just available on the web, but across all desktop operating systems, dozens of mobile phones and in download and streaming form – even across some 3G networks – and BBC’s on-demand service received 123 MILLION requests in April 2010. Those are massive numbers for an on-demand service in the broadcast industry.


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We North Americans witnessed the birth of Social Television via Big Network Events such as the Oscars and MTV Music Video Awards Shows last year. Social TV’s birth happened in the form of live Twitter and Facebook feeds that crawled across the bottom of our TV screens, allowing viewers to chat, comment and react to what they were watching live.

The BBC has confirmed they are working on a new beta version of their popular on-demand television service, the iPlayer. As a public broadcaster, the BBC relies on tax dollars to an extent, to stay in business. They seem to be taking Social TV quite seriously – investing and setting new trends with social viewing. The Beeb has partnered with Microsoft to develop an iPlayer that allows users to communicate with each other using Windows Live Messenger while watching on-demand programmes. With over 450 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users, it seems to make sll kinds of sense for the broadcaster to use the Messenger network. This partnership is interesting in that the BBC has chosen to not leverage social sites Facebook or Twitter – meaning BBC doesn’t want to “create” their own social network … rather they have left the door open to harness third party social sites in the future. I don’t know how well the Windows Live Messenger can be shared on all social sites, but one would think that down the road this avenue will pay off big time for the BBC. iPlayer is not just available on the web, but across all desktop operating systems, dozens of mobile phones and in download and streaming form – even across some 3G networks – and BBC’s on-demand service received 123 MILLION requests in April 2010. Those are massive numbers for an on-demand service in the broadcast industry. Leer más “Which Will Be Bigger? Social TV or 3DTV?”

Happy 4th of July YouTube: You’ve Been Hacked!

Yesterday YouTube received a 4th of July surprise when hackers got into the site and targeted popular videos, specifically Justin Bieber clips. Bieber’s YouTube clips were hit with a variety of different hacks, including a pop-up banner claiming that the young pop sensation died in a horrific car crash, a redirect to an explicit video, and a hack in which the words “OMG Faggot” cover the screen.

According to BBC News, YouTube “fixed the problem ‘about two hours’ after it was discovered.” A YouTube spokesperson said, “We took swift action to fix a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on YouTube.com. Comments were temporarily hidden by default within an hour, and we released a complete fix for the issue in about two hours.”


Posted by Megan O’Neill

YouTube_HackedYesterday YouTube received a 4th of July surprise when hackers got into the site and targeted popular videos, specifically Justin Bieber clips.  Bieber’s YouTube clips were hit with a variety of different hacks, including a pop-up banner claiming that the young pop sensation died in a horrific car crash, a redirect to an explicit video, and a hack in which the words “OMG Faggot” cover the screen.

According to BBC News, YouTube “fixed the problem ‘about two hours’ after it was discovered.”  A YouTube spokesperson said, “We took swift action to fix a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on YouTube.com.  Comments were temporarily hidden by default within an hour, and we released a complete fix for the issue in about two hours.” Leer más “Happy 4th of July YouTube: You’ve Been Hacked!”

Las páginas más vistas en Internet


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¿Quieres saber en un vistazo rápido cuáles son las 100 páginas más vistas en Internet? ¿La red social más seguida? ¿Los medios de comunicación más visitados? La BBC ofrece esta información en un treemap que presenta estos datos de forma ejemplar.

La infografía SuperPower: Visualising the Internet se basa en el número de usuarios únicos contabilizados por Nielsen, el pasado mes de enero, en España, Reino Unido, Francia, Alemania, Italia, Suiza, Brasil, EEUU y Australia. La BBC se hizo cargo de la clasificación de categorías, y para realizar el mapa utilizaron el software Prefuse Flare, desarrollado por la Universidad de Berkeley. Leer más “Las páginas más vistas en Internet”