But what’s really happening now?

For the last ten years we have heard the music industry cry foul about free downloading and online file sharing technology. Similarly, for the last five years the news industry has tirelessly warned of the perils of accessing online news for free as the death of journalism.

There are optimistic views of boundless opportunity and visions of a revolutionised media industry. Also, there have been very pessimistic views about dwindling news rooms and shonky flawed journalism.

While both versions have been actualised, its very interesting to look at which publications are thriving and what they’ve done to restructure their business models. “But same digital dynamics that have created a crisis also offer an emerging and still under-appreciated set of solutions.” (Mele & Wihbey, 2013)

Upon reading ‘The newsonomics of Pulitzers and paywalls’  it surprised me to learn that only 20% of overall expense is devoted to the news room. “We can also see in the data that newspapers overall are spending a smaller percentage of their overall expenses on their newsrooms than they were 10 years ago.” (Doctor, 2013)

Firstly, it seemed it was the traditional and otherwise complacent publishing organizations that seemed to frame the changing industry with the most doom and gloom. “Many legacy news outlets have, in the Internet world, become a bunch of increasingly empty, faceless brands.” (Mele & Wihbey, 2013)

Ignoring the public demand for quality content while undercutting newsrooms will be a massive loss of opportunity. “The Star Tribune is one of a relative few that made a point of keeping its reporting staff as whole as possible. It disproportionately made its newsroom cuts in copy handling and middle management in order to do that.” (Doctor, 2013)

Yet publications that already took pride in producing quality content and award winning articles were also the ones who remained the most proactive in navigating this new funding territory.

“There have been cuts, yes, but we have also added to our ranks, particularly in the areas of multimedia producers, videographers, graphics editors, etc.,” says Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy.” (Doctor, 2013)

It seems that for now loyal reader revenue is sustaining the quality news rooms who respect their readers and show this by providing quality services; with The Times now taking more reader dollars than advertising ones.

You’re not JUST supplying a basic product to a consumer who needs or mindlessly consumes it. The normal business models have long been on the out, now you’re dealing with a connected reader one who can pick diamonds from dust.

“The question then becomes how to create a social presentation layer that wraps around news — preserving the integrity of the product but updating its interface to fit with human behavior in the digital age.” (Mele & Wihbey, 2013)



Doctor, K. (2013) ‘The newsonomics of Pulitzers, paywalls, and investing in the newsroom’ Nieman Journalism Lab. Available: http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/04/the-newsonomics-of-pulitzers-paywalls-and-investing-in-the-newsroom/ (Date accessed: 20/04/13)

Mele, N. & Wihbey, J. (2013) ‘The end of big (media): When news orgs move from brands to platforms for talent’ Available: http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/04/the-end-of-big-media-when-news-orgs-move-from-brands-to-platforms-for-talent/ (Date Accessed: 20/04/13)




People walk around concerned with different things, networks serve to connect priorities to services. And it is big business for those companies who can make people think things are priorities when it isn’t really, completely independent of their own imagining.

But how is it going to help us in the future? Data is the closest thing and the only real tool we have to predict our lives in the future or guess it with any real certainty. ‘“People have such very poor sense of time,” Barooah says, and without good time calibration, it is much harder to see the consequences of your actions. “If you want to replace the vagaries of intuition with something more reliable, you first need to gather data.” (Wolf, 2010)

Technologies will help with mundane things like remembering, time/schedule keeping, washing, doing the dishes and the list goes on. But what I find interesting is what we will be doing while our basic needs are all but supported by new technologies. I think we as individuals will work tirelessly strengthening already ingrained global connections, friendships, work deals, family ties and the like.

Our assemblages and networks are about to get dense. Thick with data and this will equal power. Power to communities united by priorities.

Journalism supported by documentation and dense data is now becoming the norm in the media industry, “Data journalism is not graphics and visualisations. It’s about telling the story in the best way possible. Sometimes that will be a visualisation or a map.” (Rogers, 2011) It’s about information with solid foundations, finding the meaning in mountains of information and making it understandable and digestible in the time it takes to read your daily horoscopes.


The ways data journalism are impacting politics by enhancing transparency is the key to a government free from corruption and misuse of resources. “The London Datastore and Data.gov.uk are campaigning for and highlighting open data releases from the Government, and the Government itself is planning a raft of data releases. With more data becoming available about how our Government operates, it’ll inevitably be pressured to change.” (Quilty-Harper, 2010)



Rogers, S. (2011) ‘Data journalism at the Guardian: what is it and how do we do it?’, The Guardian, Datablog. Available: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jul/28/data-journalism (Date accessed: 15/04/13)

Quilty-Harper, C. (2010) ’10 ways data is changing how we live’, The Telegraph. Available: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/7963311/10-waysdata-is-changing-how-we-live.html (Date accessed: 15/04/13)

Wolf, G. (2010) ‘The Data-Driven Life’, The New York Times. Available: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/magazine/02self-measurement-t.html (Date accessed: 15/04/13)



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Virtual realities project a human presence into a created and programmed virtual space through the use of electronic technics like a mouse or wired gloves.

The intricate and visual 3D online environments, like ‘Second Life,’ are a modern example of the commonly associated types of programs this technology can produce. A simulation of a reality which is more controlled than our own, allowing maximum feelings of power to the user.

Augmented reality technologies often take what is around us and commodity, morph and compartmentalize it and put it back together with helpful software. Making simulations of our environments that are more useful, easy to understand or free of issues that are time consuming.

These alternate realities help us problem solve with actual reality and sidestep the road blocks that keep us from connecting. Whether they are mental or physical barriers, we’re contending with. AR, on an individual level, gives us an awareness of where exactly and how we fit into the social world.

Being an active part of these apps/spaces is like us shouting, “I want to know me and I want others to know me as well!” Spaces, like Facebook, allow us to expand our nets of communication and our perceived selves’.

It combines an aspect of the environment with technology to supplement human accuracy and complement our movement and/or function through it. GPS monitors are an example of commonly utilised tech which fits into the augmented reality context.

The layering of data over each other and itself allows for a closer and more complete simulation of life. Drell says, that Augmented reality, “technology has promise as an urban utility,” and this is an accurate way of talking about how such technologies are being adapted into modern lives.

GPS techs are now highly developed and are not confined to the road map direction function. AR is beyond helpful to travellers making cities almost immediately familiar, “AR has great potential to transform our cities and the way we learn and discover within them.” (Drell,2012)

Image: http://mashable.com/2012/12/19/augmented-reality-city/

Refs: Drell, Lauren (2012) ‘7 Ways Augmented Reality Will Improve Your Life’,