Archive for the ‘Online communication’ Category

Using Twitter to promote radio shows

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

I've recently started using Twitter for a number of different radio shows I'm involved with. For those who are interested, you can now follow A Critical Ear and Media Matters show updates via Twitter. There's also my personal Twitter stream, which is somewhat more established (though still rather eclectic in ...

A Critical Ear

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

I'm in the process of building out resources for the radio show I do on WRFU with Robert Naiman, and have registered a domain - which is currently pointing at this site ( So, for those of you arriving here to learn about the show - we're still working on the ...

Perez Hilton’s YouTube accounts suspended

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

In many senses this may appear trivial, particularly if you're not a particular fan of (that particular brand of) celebrity gossip. However, as noted in several places this is a straightforward, clear, example of the power of media oligopolies, and the problems that can occur when one corporation becomes the ...

Community radio show goes online-only, avoids indecency restrictions

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

DIY, Portland is normally broadcast monthly on KBOO. This month, however, the content would risk falling foul of FCC regulation if broadcast over the airwaves - they're focusing on masturbation - so they've turned to the web (for this particular episode). An interesting contrast to other community radio programmers I've ...

Using community radio to promote blogs, self, causes

Friday, November 16th, 2007

One of my Google Alerts pointed me in the direction of this interesting post on a site devoted to advising people on improving their sites' search placements. I usually stay clear of such sites, but this wasn't your run-of-the-mill recommendation from such a site:Take Your Blog to the Airwaves - ...

Podcasting a temporary choice for prospective community radio stations

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

An article about an Arizona group who filed in the recent community radio licensing window in the United States discusses their hopes and plans. The Phoenix area, where they are based, is, it seems, the largest metropolitan area in the United States (3 million people) without a community station. Of ...

Solidarity efforts for WGA

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

As the Writers' strike continues into a second week, word of an interesting solidarity action as many of the blogs that usually cover the content generated by these writers are 'going dark' for a day to express their support. This at the same time that another group of writers, working ...

Journalism, the BBC, and advertising

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The 'he said/she said' model of journalism is frequently problematic, reducing complex issues to two 'sides' and often unduly elevating a marginal or rogue opinion to parity with broad informed consensus. Sometimes, however, it can be rather helpful, and I think that this example from the BBC shows that in action. ...

Editors arrested for disclosing broad trawl for user records

Friday, October 19th, 2007

A story developing before our eyes. Early this afternoon (Pacific Time) I got a mail on Lauren Weinstein's Privacy mailing list, pointing to a subpoena directed at the editors of the Phoenix New times:In a breathtaking abuse of the United States Constitution, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, ...

Vancouver ahoy!

Monday, October 15th, 2007

I'm heading to Vancouver on Wednesday, to attend the annual conference of the AoIR. Hopefully I'll be able to take the time to catch up on my posting - as well, of course, as meeting with various colleagues and friends.