Monthly Archives: January 2010

Man U follow the bankers

One of the first signs that a company is in trouble it when tries to regulated its less formal communications channels with external stakeholders.  We saw it with the banks last year, all of whom started to micro-manage every communication from the outside world.  Unless it came from the c-suite and had been scrutinised at [...]

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Power shift in the job market

Student facing the next round of  job interviews can now get the inside track on likely questions, thanks to a new website – http://www.whatwilltheyask.co.uk/- set up by a bunch of enterprising economics students from Bristol University.  Another great example of how the crowd is increasingly able to subvert the procedures of even the most powerful [...]

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Th meanness of mobs

A backlash is gathering pace against the naive belief in the wisdom of crowds and the inate righteousness of the Open Source movement.  Jaron Lanier is one of the original new media thinkers – he is credited with popularising the term ‘virtual reality.’  In his new book, “You are not a gadget”, he criticises the impact of what he [...]

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The election & the myth of social media

Despite what the social media evangelists would like to claim, the forthcoming election will not be won through tweets, postings and blogs.  It will generate much social media debate – and a painful amount of bullshit – but just like in the US, it will ultimately be a battle of mobilisation.  Obama didn’t win because [...]

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