The Rise of the Digital Natives

Who are the digital children of 2017? e-Learning specialist Marc Prensky coined the term Digital Natives and used it in two major articles he published in 2001 (Part I , Part II, PDF.) Digital Natives, he says, “are used to receiving information really fast. They like to parallel process and multi-task. They prefer their graphics… Continue reading The Rise of the Digital Natives

To Whom the Turnstile Spins?

As you may have seen for yourselves, media’s ‘new e-business’ aspirations have caused quite a stir. I have ToingToing!ed about it here and The Financial Times Online offers a decent detailed assessment of the situation, both pieces are offered for free, I hasten to add.  Advertising does not bring in the money anymore (did anyone… Continue reading To Whom the Turnstile Spins?

Reflection: If this be magic, let it be an art

When one observes magic, let it be clear that the magician is a skilful human, an artist, and not a born wizard. His acts are crafty examples of sleight-of-hand, and no supernatural forces are involved.   Beyond the wonderfully positive effects of the Harry Potter series (for example, the reported growth in the number of book… Continue reading Reflection: If this be magic, let it be an art

Life at Fahrenheit 451

As a teenager, I literally stumbled upon François Truffaut‘s powerful interpretation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 book Fahrenheit 451. I went to see the movie simply because it featured Julie Christie, the woman who invaded my pubescent dreams as a blonde Russian siren named Lara in David Lean‘s adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s epic Doctor Zhivago. On… Continue reading Life at Fahrenheit 451

Pulitzer’s Digerate Media Relevance

American media supremo Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in writing and publishing.  He was an uncompromising and committed journalist who sought to redefine journalism and turn it into a discipline, complete with its public goals, professional ambitions, value systems ethical considerations and criticism of itself, as well as of… Continue reading Pulitzer’s Digerate Media Relevance

The Long Tail is Wagging Freeconomics

In 2006, Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, came up with an article with a fascinating theory (later published in a book called The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More) that made some serious waves. Anderson argues that “economy is increasingly shifting away from a focus on a relatively… Continue reading The Long Tail is Wagging Freeconomics

Big Brother: shovel or snowman?

Googling “Big Brother” returns 43,500,000 results but Googling “big brother” Orwell removes all but 623,000 results.  Big Brother is a character in George Orwell‘s novel 1984 (aka Ninety Eighty Four.)  Published a year before Orwell’s death in 1949, the book has a clear doom-and-gloom (dystopic) view of future society. Orwell perceived a future in which… Continue reading Big Brother: shovel or snowman?

Facts vs. Rage

Improbable Research makes people laugh first and think afterwards. The Improbable Research group publishes a magazine is called the Annals of Improbable Research,  and administers the Ig Nobel Prizes – honouring achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.  mini-AIR – their free monthly e-mail newsletter, is thought provoking and hysterically funny.… Continue reading Facts vs. Rage

From Gridlock to Double Nelson

In “The Boy Who Invented the Bubble Gun: an Odyssey of Innocence“, yet another magical book by Paul Gallico, a nine year old boy invents a toy gun that shoots bubbles – but no one cares about him or his invention, not even his dad. The boy then decides to run away from home, and… Continue reading From Gridlock to Double Nelson

Horizons of Digeracy

The future, as the saying goes, is not what it used to be. But then, for that matter, neither is the past. My late granny used to say that someone who keeps looking at his past has his backs turned to the future. On the other hand, Roman orator, lawyer, politician, and philosopher Marcus Tullius… Continue reading Horizons of Digeracy