Wednesday, February 28, 2007

TDB Till Day Break

4.26 a.m.
We used to mock fellow collegues doing this at boarding school: TDB - till day break. And woe betide you got lugged with an edit or had the ignomy of a new site to lauch in what we called the death march.

But the cause of my enforced insomina, a hapless inexperienced so so and so at my host site, whose poor and inconsiderate instructions led to - my site being deleted from the server.

Pain... you don't know the half of it. But there was a job to be done. Get the Masters journalism online, who this year will clearly win something, see my dean, have another meeting around 10' 0clock and then get home and look for one of six back up files to load.

I'm on a 1mb pipe which is excrutiatingly slow compared to the 100mbit janet network at uni. And as I sit here uploading the files on one mac, i watch the slow progress of the load bar move knowing that if I don't get all my podcast assets up, when Itune refreshes in the morning around 8 0clock, I'll be kicked off.

So a word of warning in dealing with your Host etc. Double question everything they ask you to do. Don't worry about sounding like an echo chamber: " So you want me to delete this. Are you abs sure, cuz that means I lose this".

Ultimately the trouble is a young buck who would have answered his 100th call with me, was on auto response. Not really caring that I had a specific issue that initially needed fixing. Graeme, his name, customer service at Fasthost didn't seem to understand that his attitude was costly and that ultimately more of those and it's the good reputation of what's claimed to be the best host in the UK, Fasthost, that gets sullied. They've been extremely helpful in the past, but this memory won't go away any time soon.

It's 4.38 now and a 50mb file has uploaded 30mb - at the rate of 1mb per minute.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Super size me Vs Gun Crime

An 8 year old weighing 14 stones risks being taking into care. A 15-year-old boy is shot dead in his home. News items seperated by a few days.

News searches for stories and is not a repository for social welfare news practitioners may argue. Their job to sell stories. But is there another function news has negated, yet could serve a deeper purpose in this century?

The above stories all depend on value and currency to their constitutents. An 8 year old now runs the top of the news agenda, while the aftermath of a 15 year old falls of the radar. One is about the fear and risks, the other is about the fear and risks

Do we care that much? Should we care that much to see news take on a greater social responsibility? The purists will argue emphatically NO.

Over the course of a few days there was much harumping and hand wringing at a nation gripped by guns.

Over the next few days there will be much much harumping and hand wringing at a nation gripped by obesity.

Is there any secondary, evolving purpose for public acess news other than to bring you a slice of the day's: Oh my God!

The trouble with news is that its been designed by default to be transient with no accountability. But if enough people cared about each issue could they not design their own news ie force the agenda and its ranking in a schedule - a data base.

I don't have any solutions other than to observe the futility and absurdity of this thing called News.

After 911, I think it was the NYT who pledged to keep the news on their front page. They needed to keep this in the public domain. Being off the page did not mean the issue had disappeared.

So what is this called news and how might it better serves as a social anayltical tool rather than a screen of ions showing the lastest thing to shock.

Any suggesttions?

Sunday, February 25, 2007

news and complexity theory

Where do we get ideas from? How do we comprehend news? And what role can design play in creating a fresh paradigm in our evolving news environ?

At the University of East London I was invited to a gathering
magic in complexity consisting of PHd and practicing media artists and designers, many connected with Smart Lab - a brilliant schollarly playground where ideas are transformed into a cacophony of practical devices.

It's easy for news managers to be cynical about "thinkers", particularly when much of what might be discussed falls outside their sphere of importance and indeed influence.

The theme of the event: magic in complexity. Complexity theory is a brand of science which studies behaviour and seeks to deconstruct events and attributes which may seem vacuous, but are held together by models. In effect, those who generate ideas upon ideas may well have found a suitable template that allows that, whilst many of us might just say: I'm not creative; not so.

Ant hill colonies, tele-infrastructures, online gaming particularly and the way we access info all fall into complex theories which the Smart Lab unravels.

I was invited to share my ideas on the Outernet - a place I'm convinced the world is heading to too soon. Stephen Spielberg's Minority Report gave us a glimpse.

However I was more fascinated with some of the themes evolving from the debates, which inturn got me thinking about news structures. Cast your mouse around and all the major video play sites e.g. Youtube, Myspace, Ifilm are following a trend - a database -library look and feel.

Then examine our behaviour on these sites. Marketers call it the customer pathway. What seems obvious is the emergence in a short period a dominant look and feel, which may well come to characterise television in the near future.

The design process is often viewed as something designers do when instead, design is all about the dissemination of information in a more ergonomic aesthetic way. Exception, designers tend to think in spatial terms ( the architecture and the information) while most news managers are concerned with the content.

It's a real road to damascus to suddenly realise how we might better equip ourselves for the never ending comms tasks ahead of us, when we consider how much complexity theory may help.

I've shot some film which I intend to package into a short item soon. Within that we'll hear from Alison Waugh, a PHD reasearching ideas and space.

Question: where and when do you get your ideas?
Answer says Alison - from her research th three Bs: bath, bed, and bus.

Water is an incredible stimulus - just being in the shower creates an environment for the translumination of ideas. I'll come back to that word in my video package. Being on a bus, movement, provides another haven for ideas. Ergot she says, that's why it's a good idea to have the cofee machine down the coriddor. Bed, those twilight periods of just waking up are a major stimulating place where the brain sorts out complex behaviour.

Bath? I said in my best BBC Radio Today's John Humphrey's voice. "Oh yes", she responded. You can here more of how to get stuuck into complexities in a week's time on

Friday, February 23, 2007

complexity in design

Complexity in design is a relatively new area for me, but one which I could come to relish. Today I was invited to a gathering of innovative designs, examining complexity, game theory, emergence, and strange attractors to name a few.

The event took place at UEL and the Smart Lab run by the ebullient Liz Goodman. It's pretty late so I'll talk more about it tomorrow

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

news you can use

Responding to a post from Adrian Monck's blog who writes

Monck’s Maxims® of video news online:
"No newscasters. News anchoring is a presentational trope borne of the complex organizational demands of analogue TV studios. The newscast is to online as Top of the Pops is to YouTube."

Interesting how the origins of new ideas often reside in past genus e.g. Addison and Steele. Sorry an after thought.

An intriguing operation, yet to be replicated innovatively today, stems from Channel One circa 96.

The station had a "sadie"-like news system. On air it looked live, but these were prerecorded links from the presenters.

This had a huge number of benefits. Oh and you could opt in real Live if you wanted e.g. New Years.

But the format lends itself to the future of supermarket news ie off-the-shelf.

I agree the presenter is a product of the hollywoodisation of news and that a youtube/ agency model of news consumption has a rising currency harking back to another maxim "news you can use".

However if presenter-led news stays the course, here's an idea of how to customise your own in a database driven news economy.

Click your ipod, devise your menu of news reports, then scroll through the menu for those prerecorded links from your favourite presenter.

Today, Paxmanesque, tomorrow Snow.
Each click brings revenue to the network or online station that employs the presenter.

On the other hand, if you're brand presence resides in various territorities you might just be able to live off your click rate - something I mentioned to Christiane Amanpour as a panelist at the Front Line Club. I'll post the vid soon.

Like I said the genus relating to a new idea may well have something in common with, in this case, the juke box, which is as old as the news agency.

New Designs for the web 2007 now 2006- 2007

Six weeks into the Masters programme for Online Journalism and the students have impressed. But something else happened that only perhaps other lecturers/teachers will recognise, they gave something back. Perhaps it was not so overt. We opened up the web further to look at redesigns and spoke about Gillmore.

How can we influence that which has not been made. Part of Gilmore's book about We Media is about projection. Yes it looks back at a scholarly timeline of the media, but it only serves to ask: what now?

In examining, The Mirror, Telegraph, The Sun, The Times et all, a couple of things are emerging.

Sites are becoming more televisual- that was bound to happen see blog/article here from two year back.

But also some pros are sensing a greater cleaness about design. Under the bonnet that's CSS, but the aesthetic is more scandanavian, than Brit or even US/Chinese - which tends to favour portal dense sites.

Opening a site means using spatial colours. In selling a house, marrigold, according to a recent survey in Britain from Estate agents is preferable. It creates the illusion of space.

Space, weight and symmetry are the parameters, and more, that hold the grid for design together.

So late last night I looked to change some of these parameters on my own site.

The colour has been one I have long admired and once purchased a suit from the excruciatingly expensive but de rigour designer, Ozwald Boateng. There's something about pastel, what I call offset colours. The Times has executed that brilliantly with the lime green colour scheme it now employs for its new site.

So what do you think? The classic black - which will always have a place - and the hexidecimal 6600cc colour.

Also without making the site any more dense with images, it's now occurred to me there can be a far greater use of the front page with a popularity index and further links highlighting blogs.

Having said all that I will want to on occasion revisit the predominant panoramic quadrants, but am also aware that the new structure sets up a natural hiearchy.

So a start, but I have my students to thank. :)

Monday, February 19, 2007

8 Days - from newspapers to video journalism

UK newspaper journalists put themselves through an 8 days boot camp programme to learn video journalism, while one of the largest police forces tests them by opening up a recent murder case. 8 Days.

8 Days took the international video journalism award for independents in Berlin'a annual award

12 possibles for looking at gun crime

1. Intervention - accept that the age of intervention to help this generation is far below 15 years - perhaps as young as 8-10 when young boys start to figure out the peverse attraction of a maligned together ness as in gangs. Perhaps what's needed is a heavier dependence on life-skills presented by a 'different' sort of teacher, capable of engaging latch key students after school, who would otherwise be up for grooming in their troubled neighborhoods

2. That at the heart of society ills is a break down in discipline. Children's rights are to be applauded but at the point when they challenge adults, even in the event of being admonished, something's wrong. Progressive liberal laws need to be reexamined, unless like the prime minister you believe gun crime is being committed by a small section of offenders - which it possibly is - but the implication is we (society) shouldn't lose our perspective.

3. Stripping teachers of any power empowers unruly kids looking to fill a power vaccum. I was once physically assualted reporting from within a school. The headteacher looked on powerless.

4. A society can't have it all ways. Some good liberal friends of mine in South Africa carry guns - some are broadcasters. "They need their Glocks for protection, against criminals", they say. I raise a non judgemental eyebrow. Now put a stressed out kid with a grudge, and no reasoning skill in the place of the broadcaster.

5. Accept politicians do not have the answers. Most politicans will never be privy to the level of unaceptable behaviour from youngesters. Yes, their children carrying guns etc. It's a world away from that transcribed to them via news headlines or even from constituents. If politicians were serious about this, they'd be moe aggresive behind the scenes campaigns and embrace of community heads who have some idea.

6. Accept that when politicans want to do something - a priority issue - dangerous dogs act, invasion of iraq - they'll muster all available resources to make it work, irrespective of the odds.

7. Tougher gun laws e.g. lower the age of criminality to 17 will have some effect, but how much. Gangs exploit the law by making minors carry guns. You're only forcing an even younger generation to become the custodians of illegal arms through the actions of those older.

8. The pressure to join a gang is intolerable for youngsters. My nephew attended a good Catholic school. His mother worked double time - white collar job - to keep him their. But in growing up he was lured by the 'intoxicating' lifestyle of friends on his estate, who could do what they wanted, anytime at anyplace. By the time my sister-in-law had a hang of what was going on, it seemed almost too late.

9. There exist in Britain a lost generation. They're gone, unreedemable. They don't respect authority and live by their own code of conduct and summary justice. That much I witnessed also in the townships of South Africa - where the I first heard the term lost generation. If you were an actuarist you'd probably say there's nothing you can do about it. Liberal society believes that a henous cop out.

10. Stronger show of force. Some are bored, some aren't salvagable. Some have no idea what they're doing. Dis them in any number of ways you'd consider irrelevant and the consequences could be dire. They're not bothered by TV News or newspaers, so there needs to be an alternative show of force to demonstrate society's unaccaeptance.
e.g. million man march. It won't stop it over night, but will raise the consciousness of the issues and the legacy.

11. The media has a fundamental point to play. Unlike some countries that use TV as social tool, we in the west haved far advanced on that, so we watch what we want with the understanding that the broadcaster has limited rights, and beyond that its up to you. If there's an audience, there's a buck to be made.
There have been assualts every other day in the UK. The media would have you believe it's only happening now. Before hand it wasn;t interested. And two days after what's happened, it's yesterday's news and has moved onto something else. If this issue merited national emergency we'd see a different media response. Wasn't it the New York Times that ran with the 911 story in some form on its front page for a whole year? Somebody wanted to keep the tragedy in the consciousness of the nation.

12. Yes it's about money, but also aggressve intervention with parents who have lost control of their charge. What can be done? Accept that nothing will change, because after all the hullabaloo, what WILL fundamentally change tomorrow?
New prisons?

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Video Journalism Book - first draft


Mark Jones, a veteran 20 year news man now working for KRON4 Bay Area News Station, San Francisco summed it up: traditional news making is anachronistic.

Most new outfits trawl the newspapers looking for news, then depending on how detailed the newspaper has covered the subject, they'll send a news crew out.

Funny, newspaper have never really taken credit for that. In the 50's with TV News becoming a main stay of the media landscape - many publishers originally laughed it off as a fad - newspapers had to adopt a different approach.

Many became more feature-led or weighted with commentary. They could no longer break stories in the way electronic news could. But what they still had was the nose for developing news features and putting specialist personnel into the field to nuture contacts.

TV borrowed the format of using specialists and also poaching talent from the publishing world. Video journalism gives newspapers the edge again. Out researching their story, they can film the construct. Meanwhile, the fight for news is taking a secondary turn.

Newspapers have always dabbled in video scoops. Now they can strategically combine it with their own online output. Note the Sun Newspaper's exclusive video scoop featuring the cockpit exchange between US A-10 tankbuster planes attacking a Britsih convoy on March 28 2003. They could then follow it up with exclusive articles, effectively keeping the spot light on them.

I find this all very fascinating and have done since sitting in my bunk bed days at boarding school where I wrote my first article for our college magazine on the Neutron Bomb. Does anyone remember the Neutron Bomb?

So finally, this weekend I completed my first draft of a chapter in a book I have been wanting to publish, but perhaps now believe I have some substantive material to commit to old traditional paper. " Oh yes you smell that? Do you smell that? books son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of books in the morning."

I will be posting samples online for you to comment and include your views hopefully in the finished product.

The book is part biographical within the context of media work, part "how to" and part about self-help, the unwritten word of working in the media - short cuts etc. I hope it in some way also helps invigorate those who might see themselves in my shoes. Aristotle said it in so many words: there's no such thing as special, other than aplying those hard grafting days. For me it's the hard graft, simplified for you.

Some of my former colleagues and students have been extremely gracious in acknowledging some of these and I will leaning on your wise words and counsel again. So please comment.

Here however are the chapters in the first draft annotated with what I believe they try to achieve.



The beginning, middle and the end
Notes: This chapter is the thread - telling how VJ came to the UK, via Channel One, which I worked for. It looks at early working practises, going as far back as the 1900s and examples from the 1960s which I refer to as the victorian vjs. Then I chart how the BBC adopted Vjism. I interviewed Channel 4s executive in 2000 who lost out to being the first major company to adopt the format. I would in 2001 be invited to speak at the BBC managers conference in Birmingham. The chapers unveils all the techical and creative know how at shooting like a VJ, many from my own experience, with examples drawn from noticeable VJs and also my work with the Press Association, newspaper groups and lecturing Masters and MBA students.

BBC reportage to South Africa’s Through the Eyes of a Child.
Notes: BBC Reportage and Def II's Network were without question turning points in British current affairs creative film making in the late 80s, early 90s. Firstly, more importantly it was driven by youth telling stories about youth. Many of the styles and sleek ad-world creative look on British TV stems from what Reportage and Network 7 acheived. Not suprisingly, many of those who went through its revolving door are now big figures in the TV industry. I worked for Reportage in 1993 and that series run taught me more in TV making than a silver-haired man with brogues could. We made some mistakes but there was a strong formula. After Reportage I moved to South Africa and within two months was given a huge project: Through The Eyes of Child. I posted the pilot of the series on view magazine last week. BBC Reportage I believe was the perfect template for understanding the radical nature of video journalism. Simply, because Reportage under Janet Street Porter was radical. At WTN, which would become APTV, news driven primarily by pictures becomes the focal point - with an emphasis on how to quickly turn around copy and video. I hated and relished the job. Channel 4 News - where I spent 4 years freelancing offers an alternative insight to programme making to the BBC. Centralism Vs indeference. And then political programme making which is very structured. I had various stints working under Andrew Brown - the chancellor's brother. One of the progs I'll dissect was an audit I produced during the election weighing up what all parties had to offer.

Radio, Podcasts and critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4’s First Time Voters.
My first love and my first point of contact with the media was when as a first year Applied Chemistry undergraduate I approached my local BBC station to become a freelance radio journalist. BBC Leicester is where I made all my mistakes. It's where also a roll call of British talent has emerged, which meant I was really learning from the best. Those included Julian Worricker and VJ Sharma who would set up Britain's Asian Network. Radio is pivotal. Sound is paramount. In video journalism, you're also the sound recorder. Radio's package - the term given to a feature - is the height of the podcast. Understanding the iambic penatameter nature of speech will make you a better radio features maker. My trajectory in the 90s was working for the BBC's london station co-presenting and produding a thursday one hour show, which was sandwhiched between an unknown Vannessa Feltz and Chris Evans. My peak though was a BBC Radio 4, 40 minute feature, called First Time Voters in which I would solicit the views of four South Africans voting in their first election. That feature played on BBC 4, The BBC World Service, then the chiefs of South Africa Radio heard it and bought it. It was played on the eve of their historic election - the only foreign feature played on SA Radio during their election run. Podcasting is the package with a few things to heighten the sense, which I talk about.

Video Journalism on the Continent.
At last year's WeMedia conference that old chestnut arose. How will we help Africa's media? It's madness. A problem that exists could easily be handled with nothing more than training and the small video cameras. That's notwithstanding the ethics and system of rule in countries that may thwart reputable reportage. But in practical terms what networks like Ghana need is equipment. What they can't afford is the discriminatory high investments that comes with setting up a broadcast station. I was asked to be a consultant for Ghana TV on and off for three years. In a station that serviced the whole of the country, they had three beta cameras - only one was working and it was seconded by the president - and two editing mobile panels. One of the most ambitious projects on the continent was undertaken by a friend and ex-head of CNN. He wanted to know how easy it would be to produce the first international co-production between Ghana and South Africa. My idea was to use video journalism. The net result was Africa ( Ghanaian and South Africa journalists) producing their stories of interest. The chief executive wanted one good one hour programme. We came back with seven programmes. I was introduced to Nelson Mandela and was relayed a request from the president of Ghana. The programme had a huge impact bridging further ideas and collaboration between the two countries. After featuring Mccan Erikson's Herd Buoys - one of the most successful advertisers in South Africa - currently handling campaigns for the World Cup, they were invited to Ghana to adress government and industry. In this chapter I explain how we achieved what we did and why I believe Apple's broadcast solution is ideal for African broadcasters.

IDOCS - Interactive Documentary Evolution
In 2001 working at a Soho advertising company, a colleague and I hit on an idea of reproducing a documentary which was initially made for Channel 4. The Family took on a new life when it went online. It was an interactive documentary, which ( my first awards submission) netted us runner up in the Channel digital awards. Idocs comes with a formula that's replicable across any docs. Lennox Lewis' team saw it and asked us to pitch for their account. We lost in the final selection, but Lennox's team understood the combination of the web and video journalism, so asked me to join their outfit for the fight with Tyson. Videojournalism meant I could be discreet. And my web skillls meant at 3 in the morning after the fight I was writting copy for their news on
The idocs formula was used to produce a series of online promos. Remember this is 2002 - and Flash was not well known
outside of the design community. Hillman Curtis who I stumbled upon in 1999 was my inspiration.
Idocs will deconstruct some of the promos made but also give a behind the scene look at being the only journalist in the world allowed into the Lennox camp. Sorry that's not meant as boastful, but Lennox's team turned down every media organisation imaginable and their PR team would ocassionally remind me. Maybe they revelled in the thought.
I still have with me original footage I haven't posted of filming on my super 8 mm inside the Tyson camp.

Pop Promos and Advertising
XTP, Kuyah, and Wars - 3 different projects but all of which pull on the techniques of video journalism. This is probably the starkest illustration of how versatile Vjism technique is. XTP is Cross Track Projection and the use of ads on London underground being trialled at Tottenham Court Road statoin.
Viacom UK contacted us at and we devised 5 degress of motion showing how different movement could equate to a structured cost. Pop promos is an area I have dabbled in - again using structural form - to make an arduous process simple. Couple of weeks ago my nephew wanted a video, so in the space of 5 hours I taught him and he shot his first promo - not fully completed - but not bad. Advertising looks at one of the most high pressured campaigns I have been asked to front. CNN International reccommended me to a client who wanted an ad on air within 24 hours and was willing to pay for the premium. The bidding war that was sparked made me think whether journalism was really where I should stay working.
With no assets, no brief, no pictures, I had 18 hours to make it work. Here I deconstruct the production process. The ad made it on CNN International the next day.

The reporting of war
A growth area for vjism - war corresponding. There have been many instances of personnel in the field as VJs, with modern figures as the BBC's Leithhead and the award winning Ruud Elmendorp. There have been casualties. Wars attract the media and many freelancers and I have been no exception. Photographers are at most risk and the transition to video journalism comes with risks as well, but photo journalists and video journalists share a lot in common. The skillset's are more or less the same. No coincidence then that Digital Photographer - by Dirk Halstead marries the two. Here I deconstruct work in Ghana with the US Special Forces training ECOWAS soldiers preparing for assignments in war-torn Liberia. I also look at an incredible excercise working with Nato as an editor-in-the-field. Video journalism and back pack journalism offer an immediacy to war and conflict reportage that is still unmatched in traditional broadcasting, barring the use of video-sat phones.

8 DAYS -
The making of the first VJs from Newspapers
*International VideoJournalism Awards, Berlin
This is the chapter more complete than the others and charts how to make long format features. 8 Days is the story of the UK's first newspaper journalists learning to become VJs. It won the international VJ awards in Berlin.

The Net and Digital Diversity
A critique in academia. What should be a lab for ideas has become a quality assurance excercise. No bad thing, but while we give students the basics shouldn't we also be seeking to to let them experiment and come up with models for the future? In the US when you look at the web, it's an eye raiser that a lot of innovation has come from students.

Our lack of innovation in the UK comes down to structure and a hierachy, where the system has little notion what huge potential lay ahead if they took the reigns off.

Podcasts, MUDs, Atavars, Second life in academia are to be welcomed. Innovation overall is unfolding, but there's too much inertia. Here I'm looking at a comparative approach to different countries including Ghana - with its high standards in university.

I'll also round up views emerging from Digital Hollywood's conference where I shared a podium on education in the 21st century. As a quality regulator within the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, I'll give my views on observations from universities around the country. Here Chatham House rules may apply.

Mi2 Videojournalism - Shoot, Cut, Mix, Code, Publish 5 ways.
*Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism, US
There are many things the media industry willl say can't be done. But we fail to remember that the media is still young and growing, particularly electronic media and the web. Execs will tell you what not to do. There will be hundreds of conferences this year extolling virtues of broadcasting, pubishing and the web.

Our role is to listen, deconstruct and see if we can build anew. An excercise I run in lectures is to randomly pick a site, a tv news show and show flaws. Often ideas are cross national. So being aware of different cultures helps. A masters student asked about the garish nature of Chinese web sites. I disagreed, the Chinese culture revells in bright primary colours ( reds).

Viewmagazine was another pet project asking what if. Its 1t took 1st place honours at the US Batten Award. I speak about website's becoming more televisual. That video would be key. That the language of reportage would change to incorporate aspects of zoo media. Here I walk readers through through viewmagazine's initial incarnation. How senior personnel believed it didn't have a chance . I also look at a number of new websites and what they're achieving. I'm fortunate here because the nature of viewmagazine attracts others who are breaking traditional practices that I can share them with you.

Next Generation Web and TV, the OuterNet and Video Hyperlinking
*WeMedia Felllowship, American Press Institute.
The future of the medium. Marshal Mculhan's future as I visualise it, Blade Runner, Minority Report et al. The clearest ideas thus far include video hyperlinking, the outernet and green screen second life.
I could write a whole novel here from my fantasising mind.

Your comments are duely welcomed.

Labels: BBC, Channel 4 News, hyper linking, outernet, video journalism, video journalist, videojournalism, videojournalist

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Snow - End of Days

Global something - the view from my house resplendent in white cold satin, however tells me something is odd. Could it be that within a couple of years we wil be experiencing snow in april - good song title- or even july?

Do you think we ought to shift the celebration dates around? Christmas in what was once summer. How about doing something to ease global warming? Now that's an idea.

A recent report (link soon) raises concerns the web could, is, about to go under. It wasn't built for video. Sorry, my view - the web implode? That will never happen!

A catastrophic disruption of the web because we have too much video??? Well a few national security advisors might have something to say to telcos - "sort it out people"

If the net goes down the disruption to the world econmy.. Well . . .

Having said that the security services could "lease" lines to priority alpha services.

The net going under is the same debate, different content to the national grid, or highways failiing. This news is often designed as a catalyst to get people working, or set up a denial clause.

"Mr President, Prime minister I warned about this several times".

Creative people make videos, technicals design structure and capacity, and poilcy wonks devise wall gardens.

The people most to gain here, again the accountacts counting the cost and returns of new fail safe systems.

Nuclear threat
The threat of a nuclear explosion is real says a report by chatham house - the organistion I have been a member of foor 13 years.

Watching 24 brings it home. Their latest story line has several suitcase nuclear explosions set to go off.

Many security experts may well be thinking its not a case of if, but terrifyingly, when.

This is the end of days. Solutions?

Friday, February 02, 2007