Young immigrants big drivers of producing social media in Canada

A recent Environics survey shows, among many other things, that young immigrants in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary are high producers of social media, not just to keep in touch with the friends and family in the old country, but to use services like LinkedIn to promote themselves in the business world. Top ranking category for social media users, as opposed to producers: single city renters. Much more on the link below, including the fact that there still persists to a strong demographic of older, affluent Canadians who still prefer more old fashioned ways of connecting with people, like visit them.

Environics, March 21 2011


Digital media beginning to affect justice

Typically, when juries are sworn in they are directed by the judge not to speak about the case to anyone, even themselves, until it’s time for them to deliberate. And unlike American juries, they are directed to keep their reasoning private once a verdict has been rendered. Now, it’s coming out that some jurors are tweeting and facebooking their comments during the trial. Generally, this is enough to throw a trial. I can understand why kids don’t get they are sending stuff to the whole world, but adults should know better. Is digital making us morons? Or am I just getting old and cranky (this is a rhetorical question; no need to respond.)

Vancouver Sun, Jan. 7 2011

Globe, UBC in unique partnership

The Globe and Mail continues to experiment with new models of journalism, this time partnering with UBC’s School of Journalism to have the students prepare a web video to complement the Globe’s current series on food. UBC’s already won an Emmy for its international work, pretty good for a student body. Wonder why no other J-schools are being as creative?

UBC, Nov. 22 2010

Mag copies blog; wants blog to pay

Here’s an odd one. A US cooking magazine lifted an article on applie pie from a cook’s blog and printed it all. When the blogger complained for breach of copyright and demanded payment and an apology, the magazine claimed it’s the blogger who should pay, for the fine work in editing the magazine did. Copyright is attached to any intellectual property; the magazine is trying to¬† bluff it’s way out, but it should pay up.

QMI/Canoe News, Nov. 5 2010

MySpace runs up the white flag

MySpace, which was a hot program a few years ago, is changing into a music/entertainment service. Facebook is eating MySpace’s lunch, thanks to some mismanagement from NewsCorp, which bought it when it was hot. Turns out the digital/social media are just as prone to public taste and mismanagement as MSM.

PRDaily, 27 Oct. 2010

Ten seconds or less: please finish this post

A new survey shows that almost 20 per cent of viewers of videos online move away within 1o seconds; 44 per cent in a minute. So if you’re putting up a video….wait, wait, don’t leave me now, there’s so much more……


New York Times, October 11 2010

Globe shows Postmedia how to do multimedia news

The Globe proudly reports today its been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of new approaches to news and documentary programming, along with the New York Times, Reuters, San Jose Mercury News and, for its multimedia series Behind the Veil, and investigation into womens’ lives in Afghanistan. The Globe’s multimedia team assembled reporters, photographers, interpreters, web designers etc. to create a six part series featured in the newspaper of course, but simultaneously launched on a website with opportunities for extended interviews, new interviews of commentary in response to the story, and community outreach, that lasted far longer than the newspaper features.

So, Postmedia is back where it was 12 years ago, handing out camcorders to print reporters, suggesting they shoot something and put it up on the web, primarily it seems as an afterthought. The Globe and others are pushing the boundaries of technology to enhance and expand traditional newspaper storytelling and journalism, while Postmedia still seems to be stuck in the technological dark ages.

Globe and Mail, July 16 2010