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The internet now drives opinion not the print media October 18, 2009

Posted by kewroad in 2009 predictions, information technology, internet, Journalism, new media, pr, print media, social networks, Twitter, Uncategorized.
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The furore since Thursday evening over the Daily Mail’s Jan Moir’s take on the death of Stephen Gateley serves to demonstrate that communications and opinion is no longer in the hands of journalists alone.  Twitter not only ‘breaks news’ – it also provides the facilitate to quickly garner masses of public opinion around news.   In the old days, a journalist would express a view and all that might happen is a letter from Mr Angry from Bournementh in the letters page the following week.   Many of might have wanted to comment but didn’t have the inclination to write a letter.  Not only does the popularity of Facebook and Twitter  now enable people to comment instantly but these social media tools also enable us to come together collectively, quickly and forcefully to drive comment and lead opinion.

Is this new wave of influential public opinion revolutionary? Well almost.  When before could a swell of opinion be expressed so quickly and powerfully? Long-term, this must have a positive effect on the old powers of the handful of media moguls who have long domintated the printing presses. Surely, long-term, it will be public opinion that drives the news agenda.  This new power of the people can’t be underestimated. Such was the rumpus caused by the Daily Mail article that the  newspaper lost significant advertising revenue. The mail had to remove adverts from big brands like Marks and Spencer, Nestle, Visit England, Kodak and the National Express. 

As the Observer recently reported, the print media is changing beyond all recognition and will never be the same again. We are currently living in a period of incredible change in communications and social media. No one really knows what the outcome will be, all that is for sure is that it won’t be the same as before. 

Sue Grant

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Countdown to Infosec April 24, 2009

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Infosec is back, bigger and bolder. The mood at the show is expected to be buoyant. The organisers are saying that this year promises more: more space, more content, more exhibitors at Earls Court.

Taking place on 28-30 April in London, Infosec is the largest security conference in Europe and attracts more than 12,000 visitors and 300 journalists.

Apart from the business seminars and multiple vendors exhibiting, this year also features a number of technical track seminars as well as the annual Hackers Panel – participants aren’t disclosed until the day of the event of course. (would love to attend this!)

New sessions this year include the Security Expert Forum with keynote sessions as well as interactive security cafes, essentially 1/2-day workshops, focusing on hot industry topics like: social engineering, web 2.0 threats, data loss and fraud/espionage.

As CRN pointed out this week, last year’s show marked the absence of some top names, including Symantec, Blue Coat and Trend Micro. This year, it looks like many bigger players have returned. I’m looking forward to meeting up with our journalist friends and catching up on what is hot in the world of e-crime prevention and detection.