If Fairfax Falls, What of Rural Papers?

Tweet The extraordinary developments at Fairfax have been well-covered throughout the Australian media and blogosphere. In particular, the Jonathan Green on The Drum, Andrew Jaspan in The Conversation and Eric Beecher in Crikey are very good articles, full of insight and context. But, if Fairfax falls, what will become of rural and regional papers? Or, ...

Springfield Revealed [Revised]

Tweet I published a version of this post a couple of days ago. This one is much more detailed and refined. I wrote it up for The Drum, but it wasn’t wanted. You get it here instead šŸ™‚ The Simpsons fan world is abuzz with the news Matt Groening has revealed the real Springfield is ...

I’m A Simpson

I'm A Simpson
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Embiggening Our Understanding 4

Tweet In his seminal work Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson wrote of the ways nations are constructed ā€“ of the common symbols and artefacts that define peoples within national borders. Equally potent are the symbols used to define others within those borders, or to signify they are outsiders. It is the symbols used in The Simpsons ...

Rotary VS Rotaract Twitter Showdown

Rotary VS Rotaract Twitter Showdown
Tweet Visual.ly has just released a bunch of tools that allow users to display stats from Twitter and Facebook in infographics. I used one of the tools to compare the Twitter accounts @Rotary and @Rotaract. Rotary monstered Rotaract on almost all the measurements. While on one hand the results were unsurprising, on the other hand ...

I Like My Work

Tweet I’m looking for work at the moment, which is always an interesting experience. I found a flexible, interesting job for a social media coordinator. Given I started a company doing this sort of work, I figured I ought to apply for this one. It’s not until you are forced to sit down and spell ...

“You’ve Got to Be Okay With Losing Control”

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Just Lines of Code 2

Just Lines of Code
Tweet The teacher at the front of the classroom lays down a simple plan and all you have to do is follow it. I have a tee-shirt that demonstrates it nicely, with the following pic on the front: Sometimes, the plans don’t work out how the elders expect they might. At a barbecue recently, I ...

(365 + 1) x 2 Challenge

Tweet As 2012 dawns, I’m embarking on one of thoseĀ 365 day challengesĀ encompassing both of the things that The Fat Tulip is all about – communication and community. But, I’m are supercharging it. 2012 is a leap year, so the challenge is actually for 366 days. And I’m doing it twice, once for each of our ...

Social Networks in the Local Context

Tweet Recently, my local newspaper reported breathlessly on the development of a ‘local’ social network by a local web designer. The concept is that businesses will place QR codes on their marketing paraphernalia or in their stores and visitors would scan the codes to join that business in the network. It is an interesting idea, ...