Archive for the ‘Society and culture’ Category

Compare and contrast

Friday, April 20th, 2012

People think I'm completely evil and what I'm doing is completely immoral, but at the end of the day I feel like I'm just educating people on technology. That's Hunter Moore, founder of 'revenge porn' site IsAnyOneUp, as quoted by the BBC. Compare that with the rationale provided for an 'art' ...

From the archives – divorce referendum coverage

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I've been 'rescuing' various pieces from my (primarily cassette-based) archive of content from my days at Flirt FM. One little nugget is this compendium of interviews and audio from the count following the divorce referendum in 1995. As a recap (or tutorial for those not in the know), divorce was ...

New research survey on community radio in Ireland

Monday, February 6th, 2012

CRAOL, the Irish community radio organization, has sponsored a survey investigating how the public views the mass media, and exploring their knowledge of community radio. Among the key findings (with both positives and negative implications for the sector): Nearly 80% of all adults in the Republic of Ireland agree that news ...

Unless…

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

The Change.org people have been touting a Nicholas Kristof piece about successful petition drives on their site. His first example is of a petition by a fourth grade class, looking for changes in how a movie (of a Dr. Seuss book) is promoted - "Don't lose the environmental message!" A ...

The interplay of copyright and creativity – a Storify collection

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I've recently started playing around with Storify. In the piece embedded below, I'm gathering together various different snippets concerning the interplay of copyright and creativity. http://storify.com/funferal/copyright-and-creativity

Why Phil Knight’s eulogy of Paterno was so problematic

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

In Knight, we also have someone who pays college coaches a fortune so “student-athletes” can wear and by extension advertise their products. We have someone who ploughs millions to the University of Oregon football program funding state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, while the school endures terrible cuts. We have someone who ...

Why no cafe bars?

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

The Irish Times reports on a forthcoming government report on alcohol, and the numerous suggestions made in it, including more stringent rules around advertising (none on TV before 9pm, no outdoor advertising, no sports sponsorship), minimum price floors (and bans on discounts for bulk purchases) and more aggressive health monitoring. I ...

Reducing US spending? Cut the military budget

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

From Just Foreign Policy: FCNL has established a toll-free number: 1-877-429-0678. Urge your Rep. and/or Senators to press the Supercommittee to end the wars and cut the military budget. In talking to your Rep., urge support for the Lee-Campbell bipartisan letter to the Super Committee on cutting military spending.

Austin Airwaves seeks support for its Borneo project

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Jim Ellinger of Austin Airwaves does great work supporting community radio near and far. Their most recent project involves supporting the establishment of community radio on the island of Borneo. They're looking for donations of equipment and cash. Check here to see if you can help.

Marking Bloomsday

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Two different suggestions today from Labour politicians about appropriate ways to mark Bloomsday. Joe Costello notes that Ireland has one of the lowest numbers of public holidays in Europe (9 per year, only exceeding the 8 of England and Wales) and suggests that making the day a holiday could provide ...