Russell Davies is a creative director at Government Digital Services
This is my last column before the festive season, so here is a handy Future Of Media Christmas Gift Guide. You might like to imagine it as a magazine supplement with lots of cut-out items against a white background, divided into those annoying lifest...
Last week, we lamented the fading of the "web 2.0" dream: the erosion of a data-sharing economy based on feeds and APIs, specifically the demise of LastGraph, which made listening maps based on a feed from Last.fm.
Something important died last week. It was a little service called LastGraph, which took data about your music-listening habits from Last.fm and made it into all sorts of pretty and interesting graphs.
I have found myself horribly guilty of the kind of short-sighted, incurious prejudice I always spy in everyone else, wagging my finger and raising my eyebrows. I should be mocked and humiliated. I am a dinosaur. I must be disrupted. My crime? I ve al...
One of my internet heroes is a chap called Ze Frank. Older readers may remember him from way back when, before the dawn of YouTube.
If you fancy reading an eloquent, angry rant, look for a blog about Microsoft Word by the science-fiction writer Charles Stross. It is spitting, splenetic and smart.
I remember being suspicious of Twitter at first. Looking at my old Tweets, it wasn't until the end of 2006 that I properly got into it.
The word "cliché" apparently goes back to the days of hot-metal type.
The next challenge for TV is to see if it can hang on to its prized "second screen" status. The screen we carry around with us and fondle is clearly the first - that's the one we use for shopping and talking to friends, it's the one that knows all ou...
I spend quite a lot of time in a Derbyshire town called Belper. My parents live nearby. There's a nice little high street with one more cafe than you might expect and a high-quality Oxfam bookshop.
I've judged a fair few awards in my time. It's never pretty.
I read a lot of business books. They will normally see me through a Tube trip, and careful filleting will yield a quote, a fact or half an idea for a pitch.
The list is a perfectly shaped content format for a media snacking world and it is excellent for writers too: you don't need a particular point - you can just sweep a bucket of related stuff into a list and pretend you've thought about it. I love the...
I was on a stage several years ago, at yet another conference about advertising and technology, trying to convince yet another bunch of advertising people that software would eat their businesses, when I had a little revelation - my advice was useles...
Are you wearing a watch? (Did you glance just then to check? I hope so. I like the idea that I can make you do stuff with just the power of black marks on white paper. Don't think of an elephant! There, I did it again.)
There's an end-of-term feeling around, isn't there? My son's slogging through the last few days of school - that time when you don't do any lessons, just watch half an episode of Top Gear and look forward to Thorpe Park.
One of the joys and challenges of working at Nike was getting to grips with how "post-literate" the culture was.
When I started writing this column, around seven years ago, we lived on a different internet, based on different assumptions. I hadn't really noticed that - or paid attention to the effects - until Google closed Reader last week. Here's why this shou...
Well, my experimental cups of tea with you, the reader, seem to be going well. Everyone has been illuminating and friendly, almost no-one has tried to sell me anything, and a theme has already emerged - the idea that we are going to have to get good ...
I work for a media agency. In these fragmented times, we have to advise our clients about media and content formats all the time. What are the best media formats you've seen?
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