Russell Davies is a creative director at Government Digital Services
On 17 March at 7.53am, the Los Angeles Times ran a story on its website about an earthquake striking near the city: "A shallow magnitude 2.7 earthquake aftershock was reported Monday morning four miles from Westwood, according to the US Geological Su...
Many years ago, I lived on the West Coast of America and people felt compelled to tell me about their feelings. It was there that I first heard about the idea of learned helplessness. It's a concept from psychology, apparently, first identified by Ma...
There's nothing that feels more dated than virtual reality. It has been the technology pipe dream for so long that it has a multi-generation history of false hope and disappointment.
If you haven't seen this in a presentation yet, you'll see it very soon: when teens realised Facebook posts in which brands were mentioned rose higher in the News Feed, they began adding brand names to the end of everything.
Regular readers will know I'm quite fond of noting and quoting my favourite sources for stories and ideas - to a shameless extent, I'm sure some would say. I've always appreciated it when people signpost interesting things to me. But I'm aware I also...
I've always thought that the best advertising people are those who are a bit suspicious of it. That may well be true of other professions. A degree of distance, a measure of not-drinking-the-Kool-Aid, might help you be good at your job. That's certai...
The past few days have been filled with spluttering pundits comparing the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook to some sort of end times. "$19 billion!" they cry. "For what?! They don't even take advertising!" Indeed, they don't.
The past few days have been filled with spluttering pundits comparing the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook to some sort of end times. "$19 billion!" they cry. "For what?! They don't even take advertising!" Indeed, they don't. This is a company that h...
When I first started writing these columns, they were pretty grumpy - lots of poking fun at dumb agency stuff and pointing at industry idiocies.
There's a splendid interview with Kevin Kelly on edge.org. He points out that, in the early days of the web, everyone assumed it would turn into "TV 2.0": "5,000 different sources giving you the specialty information about a horse channel and a dog c...
Just off the top of your head, which country do you think has the best air force - pound for pound? The answer, apparently, is Brazil...
Here s a great tip for fun in a meeting: ask everyone how advertising works. It always leads to blank stares; then, when everyone has had a chance to think about it, you normally get to something about condensed message delivery. Which might be right...
If you're a columnist, some things are mandatory: the "signing off for Christmas" column, the "interestingly bad service experience" column, the "kids say the darnedest things" column. And further expectations surround those of us who make stuff up a...
Are you old enough to remember Perry Mason?
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.
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