Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Richard Dawkins breaks the meme


I can't quite figure out if this is the ultimate meme, or the death of traditional internet meme as we know it.

It's undoubtedly a funny and surprising watch, but it's also poignant, as it's the final piece of proof that we were all looking for that advertisers have cottoned on to the power of the traditional internet meme. Or maybe he's just trying to prove that a meme, no matter how good it can be, can't be created by creative agency group-think.

Either way, I think this video marks a key evolutionary moment in internet memetics.

Monday, 24 June 2013

In praise of Valleywag


 I'm really pleased that ValleyWag is back in action.

After it took few years off, it seems that the tech industry has grown into the gold-plated, smoothie-drinking,  monster that it was towards the end of the last century.

The sort of place where a Facebook billionaire can spend 10 million dollars on a wedding without having to ask permission to tear up portions of redwood forest.

The sort of place where a business like Tumblr can sell for a billion after posting profits of $5 million.

Where the same company can make people redundant on the same day it shows off some swanky new offices.

Burn-rates, sky-high funding rounds, exits and IPOs seem to have become the prime focus for the industry now, and the so-called mavens living at the top of the pile (with their own private bus routes and juice bars) have all but forgotten in the pursuit of the almighty dollar that they need to build a useful or fun product.

So having Sam Biddle and co. around to prick bubble of pomposity is a good thing in my books.

Long may they reign.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

All change

 

Apologies for the radio silence for the past few weeks. A few things have changed here, and I’m happy to say that I’m typing this from the comfort of our new place in north London - which really feels like home.
 
Why? Well..
 
About seven weeks ago I accepted the role of Social Media Manager at TSL Education - the biggest network of teachers in the world. It’s a really exciting challenge and I’m loving every second of it.
 
Manchester was a fantastic place to live for the past 2+ years. I met some wonderful people, Ana and I bought our first house, and we discovered a laid-back, friendly lifestyle that’s second-to-none in the UK. People in Manchester are genuinely brilliant, and are not afraid to stop and chat. Although, I’m not going to lie, I’m not missing our next door neighbour Pat telling me about her week-long dose of the norovirus after Christmas (‘It was awful. The toilet was full to the brim’).
 
I’d like to thank Real and Smooth Radio for two and a half years of great fun, great work and the opportunity to meet so many brilliant people.

And I’d like to thank everybody at TSL for making me feel so welcome.
 
Normal service on the blog will now be resumed. Whatever that means.