YouTube for grown ups

3 07 2007

Just as BBC Four anticipated that “everybody needs a place to think”, brings the same values to the online video space with its aggregation of politics and world affairs. A refreshing change from girls in bikinis and UGC inspired by Jackass.

Protect and Survive: The prequel and sequel

1 07 2007

In the 1980s, it was the voice of Barrett Homes commercials Patrick Allen who advised us on what to do when we get nuked. Today, practical advice from the Centre for Protection for National Infrastructure (CPNI). I prefer Adam Curtis’s take on it all… 

I’m off to my fallout room to draw the curtains. The combination of renewed “al-qaeda-inspired” attacks on Britain, a country in which I can no longer smoke in a public place and the Princess Di concert is too much of an emotional overload for one weekend 🙂

 But at least at the end of the world…

Social networks and the social divide

30 06 2007

“A long-term research project has revealed a sharp division along class lines among the American teenagers flocking to the social network sites,” reports BBC News. Citing research by PhD student Danah Boyd from the School of Information Sciences at UC Berkeley, the study suggests “those using Facebook come from wealthier homes and are more likely to attend college. By contrast, MySpace users tend to get a job after finishing high school rather than continue their education.”

“Ms Boyd also found far more teens from immigrant, Latino and Hispanic families on MySpace as well as many others who are not part of the “dominant high school popularity paradigm”.

“MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracised at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers,” Ms Boyd said.