An Internet election

I think they want us to think that this, like the Obama compaign before it, will be an Internet election.  Where smart people use the power of social media to get across the real messages of the election, empowering democracy and “getting the right result”.

What we’ve seen however, is the denizens of the Internet take the piss out of everyone  and both the main competitors make a complete hash of it (most recently).  Today’s example has to be the meta tags on www.number10.gov.uk:

<meta name="keywords" content="budget 2010,health,jobs and growth,life sciences,football,ada lovelace day,sarah brown,
            women,thameslink,trains,budget cabinet,israel,ssrb statement,piercing,tattoos,small businesses,
            trade credit insurance scheme,armed forces,idenity" />

Please, explain… tattoos? piercing? Ada Lovelace Day? Idenity?

Doldrums, and how to get out of them

A while ago I tweeted about being in a musical rut, and asked for help.  I thought it was worth reporting back the ones that really did it for me:

Compare and contrast

I don’t really want to get all banker bashing, but these 3 stories really sum up my utter confusion about the end result of the “financial crisis”.  I’m an intelligent enough chap. I ought to get it, oughtn’t I?

I seem to have this awful Emperor’s new clothes kind of feeling that just won’t go away.

DAB: Dead And Buried?

Has the BBC signalled the death of DAB? Today’s announcements detail the closure of the only two BBC stations that both broadcast original content and are only available on DAB. Now all original BBC radio content, barring the very few 5Live Sports Extra events that aren’t also on LW and the little CBeebies/CBBC stuff on Radio 7, is again available on a traditional FM/AM/LW radio.

While we get up in arms about the loss of the stations, perhaps we should be getting up in arms about the failure of DAB, and start asking ourselves what that means for the wider picture of the “Digital Switchover”.