Without fanfare or comment I draw to your attention this piece by NewÂ Labour's favourite uber-Blairite,Â Hazel Blears. It is an edited version of a speech she will make to the Hansard Society. EverÂ wondered why journalists have such a long established tradition of resisting stateÂ regulation? Isn't Hazel marvellous?Â Â Â Â Â
With the clock ticking before the first polls close on the east coast, I thought I'd test out some of the whizzy online interactive gizmos that various sites are offering as part of their election coverage. Some of them even offer gadgets you can embed into your own blog posts. Such as this one...
The 2008 Presidential Campaign gives Time magazine's James Poniewozik the chance to expound his theory that the 24-hour news cycle is dead. In its place, thanks to digital technology and the 'unofficial media', is the 24-minute news cycle.
"If you follow campaign news, you'll see this cycle in action several times a day, with stories sprouting, blooming and dying like flowers in time-lapse photography," he says.
If radical thinking is the solution to declining newspaper circulations then this proposal from the American Recovering Journalist blog is at the sharpest end of the most acute cutting edge.Â To secure theirÂ futures, suggests Marc Andreesen, newspapers should stop printing paper copies now and force their readers (and avertisers) to appreciate the online product. I think the idea isÂ closer to insanity than radicalism, but perhaps I'm missing aÂ glorious business opportunity.