Tech, media & politics for enquiring minds
Saturday, 25 May 2013
is a contributing editor to The Kernel.
How I learned to stop worrying and love the Buzzfeed
Mic Wright on the success of Buzzfeed and why newspapers are struggling to adapt to the digital revolution.
The need for better handcuffs
3D printers and feckless customer service people are two of the biggest threats to our security. Mic Wright ponders the future of passwords and keys.
Abiit ad maiores
What Nostradamus says about Facebook
Predictions are a frustrating business. Mic Wright explains what Stanley Kubrick, Nostradamus and The Pet Shop Boys can tell you about Facebook's future.
Erm… what are you doing, Dick?
'Nice app you’ve got there. Shame if anything were to happen to it...'
The one per cent web
Mic Wright detects a sea change occurring in web publishing but wonders whether that will be a clean slate or just a nice new earner for the few.
I wish I knew how to quit you
It’s toxic, but you’re stuck with it
It's miserable, it's unsatisfying and you never asked for it... but social media is here to stay. Mic Wright on why big brands are mad to opt out of the customer service channel of the future.
Social media’s ‘reverse gentrification’
Paid Twitter alternative App.net is a private members' club for the effete and entitled, writes Mic Wright.
How my Olympics lie lapped the globe
Mic Wright is astonished how gullible journalists can be about what they read on social networks.
Simply the best
Irrational demands for excellence
Mic Wright wonders if we shouldn't give the likes of Apple and Pixar a break. Would we give champion athletes such a relentlessly hard time after every performance?
Starbucks is Square’s back door to Apple
Following Starbuck's partnership with Square in the US, Mic Wright puts on his medium turban and shares his belief in a future Apple acquisition.
Samsung: power, corruption and lies
Mic Wright wonders why Samsung isn't more closely scrutinised, given the company's chequered past and allegations made against its ruling family's professional ethics.
Choke me spank me pull my hair
Platforms: the cheque book and the cosh
Mic Wright wonders why anyone in their right mind would pin the future success of their business on technology platforms that have proven themselves to be capricious, greedy and short-termist.
Don't menshn the war
Did Louise Mensch simply get sick of paperwork?
Could Louise Mensch have juggled her personal and professional responsibilities, if the processes of Parliament were more up to date? Mic Wright says yes.
Mic Wright is gobsmacked that a Guardian journalist has taken issue with the Daily Mail.
Patron saint of snark
Mic Wright on the life of the late Gore Vidal.
Hippies and hypocrisy
Sorry, Twitter, but you can’t have it both ways
Twitter is to free speech what McDonalds is to vegetarianism, but Twitter users have no right to bleat about journalists being silenced while preaching intolerance themselves, says Mic Wright.
Wake up, hacks: this isn’t utopia
Mic Wright reports on the state of Olympic media coverage, asking why the media has performed such an abrupt volte face and forgotten about censorship and free speech abuses by LOCOG.
The newspaper boss and the Twitter witchhunt
Mic Wright is amused by media companies that think censorship is still effective in the internet era.
The terrifying face of today’s online fandom
Mic Wright explains how the internet is turning fans into fanatics.
From the department of the entirely unnecessary
Batman: a lesson for entrepreneurs
Mic Wright thinks there's a lesson to be learned from the Dark Knight about the entrepreneurial lifestyle.