27 August 2010

Obviously cutting my interest is ridiculous

Comment on this latest bit of special pleading.

27 Aug 2010, 10:52AM
This article is number 47 in a series of articles titled "My specialist interest group and why it should not have cuts applied to it.)

The editors would like to apologise that due to a calender error, the article about why the police should be above cuts clashed with this article. However, to make up for this glaring error, they will reprint the Film industry article of why they should not have their funding cut.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy this series which is due to finish around October when it will be replaced by the series "My specialist interest group and why it was wrong to cut public funding for it."

Now to be honest I wouldn't cut science funding first either, but as the comment above points out, no one wants their special interest cut, but that doesn't really get us anywhere.

24 August 2010

Putting us back in our box

I have been wondering of recent weeks if the corporate world is trying to put us back in our box. When I say us, I suppose I mean the ordinary person, the lone blogger, as opposed to the big corporations and the state. By putting us back in our box I mean users of the internet becoming increasingly consumers rather than active participants.

This doesn't seem to be a state sponsored problem for once, but more of an alignment between established corporates and old media with a bit of backing from good old fashioned state censorship. New tech like the iPad seem to be entirely geared at consuming a filtered version of the web and although the death of the browser has probably been greatly exaggerated, apps do offer the user much less control.

Maybe it is just that most people only want to be dumb consumers and it's only now that they are on the web in numbers that this consumerist tendency has become apparent. Still worries me though.