Digital media

You can run but you can’t hide from the US government

I'm coming to steal your democracy

Kim Dotcom thinks that he can thumb his nose at the US legal system, well he has another thing to learn about doing things like that…they have a habit of biting you on the arse.

Billboard reports how the US is going after all his assets because they are declaring him a fugitive.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution.

The government brought criminal charges against Dotcom in early 2012, but he’s been holed up in New Zealand awaiting word on whether he’ll be extradited. The government got antsy and this past July, brought a civil complaint for forfeiture in rem, a maneuver to firmly establish a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property allegedly gained by Megaupload in the course of crimes.  Read more »

Karl du Fresne on the news and why he is wrong

Karl du Fresne is a good writer, I enjoy his work.

Yesterday he wrote about the news and in particular the thoughts of Mike O’Donnell and news.

O’Donnell suggests that by the time of the next general election, social media may have rendered the evening television news bulletin extinct. His theory seems to be that consumers of news (a ghastly phrase) will no longer be prepared to wait until 6pm for their fix, but will update themselves constantly throughout the day by accessing news on their smartphones and tablets.

People have the capability to do that now. But do the vast number who still get their news from newspapers, TV and radio really have such a voracious appetite for information that in future they will demand it in (to use another ghastly phrase) “real time”?

I somehow doubt it, and I wonder whether people like O’Donnell have been misled by their own enthusiasm for the digital revolution and their missionary desire to promote its supposed benefits.

du Fresne is both right and dead wrong.

Same with O’Donnell.

People do want news real time, and they don’t care if the quality is poor, they are happy for it to evolve in the course of the life of the story. Mostly though the medium for consuming news will not be via social media…that will simply be the conduit through which you are informed that news exists.

Social media is vastly over-rated and in New Zealand the so-called Twittersphere is in reality a very small world….populated by vocal lefties and tragics who feel the need to comment one everything but ad zero value to the discourse. Just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should.

On top of that the Twitter warriors who try to mount campaigns and bully, threaten and intimidate overstate their actual reach.

During the whole Dirty Politics saga which was designed to cause maximum pressure on me and my associates, but also designed to subvert an election, I was called by people asking me if I had seen this or that mentioned on Twitter. I almost never had seen. I don’t live with my head inside my phone. Frankly Twitter is a waste of time. Again, the general election result proved that.

If you had listened to the agitators and plotter and the guilty on Twitter then my demise was hoped for, in reality as well as metaphorically, but it failed to materialise. Twitter and social media was supposed to deliver the left an election victory. It failed.

Why?

It failed because there is an incredibly small number of people using Twitter, and they only ever talk to each other. They essentially form a group that produces confirmation bias. But when you are wrong and you only talk to people who meet with your ideas of proper political beliefs then all you do is chat agreeing with each other.   Read more »

Sick Nazi Orgy F1 Boss, Max Mosley, wants the pics removed by Google

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Max Mosley has obviously never heard of the Streisand Effect as he seeks to sue Google for not removing images of his BDSM orgy in nazi attire.

Former motorsport boss Max Mosley has asked lawyers to look into serving an injunction on Google in the wake of the landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling by the European Court of Justice.

The ruling has so far led to more than 1000 people applying for historical information to be removed from the search engine.   Read more »

That’s inconvenient, Italy bans Mega for promoting distribution of pirated movies

Leopards never change their spots.

A court in Italy has banned Mega for promoting distribution of pirated movies.

The Megaupload founder’s new project Mega has been banned by an Italian court for promoting distribution of pirated movies. The hosting service is among the 24 blocked websites together with Russia’s largest email provider Mail.ru.

Court of Rome Judge Constantino De Robbio, ordered all Italian providers to restrict access to two dozen domains on Friday, Corriere Della Sera reported.

A large-scale blockade came at the request of a small local independent movie distributor, Eyemoon Pictures.

The company claimed that the websites in question distributed two of its movies – “The Congress” and “Fruitvale Station” – ahead of their release in Italian cinemas.

Mega already said that they’re going to appeal against the Court of Rome ban, which the company considers “illegal”.   Read more »

What is NEW Media?

What is New Media?

What is New Media?

We talk about the MSM ( Main Stream Media ) and the emergence of New Media quite often on this Blog but what exactly is this NEW Media?

What I think it is may be very different to what you think it is. When you hear about a New, exclusively online News organisation what image does that evoke for you?

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That’s nice, but how about stopping buggering little boys

The Catholic Church is getting down with the kids…ok not in the traditional catholic priest manner of getting down with the kids, instructing followers to use “digital smiles” in text messages, emails, tweets and Facebook postings to spread the “joy of the gospel” online.

I would have thought addressing the long standing issue of pedo priests would have been more important…but there you go. :)

It might seem far removed from some of its more sombre instructions to the faithful over the centuries.

But the Roman Catholic Church has issued advice to its followers on how to use the internet – and given an unlikely stamp of ecclesiastical approval to the use of the humble smiley face.

In a new 10 Commandments for the internet age, Catholics are being urged to make use of “digital smiles” in postings on Twitter and Facebook as well as emails and text messages.

The guidelines follow a call from Pope Francis for Catholics to take the church’s message out “into digital highways”.

In an echo of the original 10 Commandments, the instructions warn the faithful never to “bear false witness on the internet”.

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Southland Times editorial on Press Council changes

The Southland Times editorial is very good on the changes the Press Council is making to include bloggers.

Sometimes the news media need to grab their ankles for a health check.

This being the case, it’s a welcome development that bloggers and other digital media are being offered to partake in the process, by means of membership of the Press Council.

It’s a body that weighs up complaints against principles including accuracy, fairness, balance, privacy, confidentiality, discrimination, the use of subterfuge, the distinction of comment and fact, and conflicts of interest.

Inviting independent digital media to succumb to such extra scrutiny not only brings more accountability but, equally, credibility.

It doesn’t do any news or current affairs media any harm to be found out when they have seriously erred, nor to have their judgments independently endorsed, as occasionally happens too.

Nowhere is it written that those running their own websites must now form an orderly queue and join up. But the absence of a self-regulatory body has become an issue for those bloggers and sites that have become heavy hitters. And those who aspire to be. So they should be willing to join up.

[This is provided the yet-to-be-confirmed costs aren’t disproportionately high compared with their income and that they are fairly represented on the complaints panel.]  Read more »

Press Council extends membership to bloggers

The Press Council has announced that they will extend their coverage to bloggers.

Oh dear someone is going to have to amend their submission to the High Court.

The only problem I have is the two EPMU representatives on the Press Council. I believe that in extending these provisions they need to have two bloggers on the council too. Perhaps is now time to formalise the Bloggers Union so that representatives can be appointed to the Press Council.

The Press Council is to offer membership to new digital media and gain additional powers to deal with complaints against traditional print media.

The moves follow a review of the Press Council by its main funder, the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, which considered recommendations by the Press Council and a report last year by the Law Commission.

The Press Council was established in 1972 to adjudicate on complaints against member newspapers. Newspaper publishers decided to include magazines in 1998 and the council’s mandate was further expanded in 2002 to include members’ websites.

Current chair is former High Court judge Sir John Hansen and the council has a majority of non-media industry members.

Newspaper Publishers’ Association editorial director Rick Neville, who chairs the Press Council’s executive committee, said most publishers felt the time had come to strengthen the Press Council’s authority, and to extend its coverage to handle complaints against digital media, including bloggers.  Read more »

New media in ascendency, times have changed already

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AUT’s annual internet use report is out and there are some interesting results in relation to NZ’ers access to news:

  • 81% of NZ’ers say the Internet is an important source of information compared to 47% for TV, and 37% for radio and newspapers
  • 92% of NZ’ers use the Internet, 5% never have, and 3% used to
  • 79% of users access the Internet through laptops, 74% desktops, 68% mobile phones, 48% tablets, 15% gaming consoles and 10% Smart TVs
  • 70% of users are on Facebook, 7% of LinkedIn and 3% on Twitter  Read more »

Karl du Fresne on the new media landscape

Karl du Fresne looks at the ongoing Brown sex scandal and makes note of the changing and changed media landscape.

In the digital era, the news cycle operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The tempo has increased exponentially and a far more aggressive media constantly hounds politicians, hungry for new developments. It seems John Key can’t go anywhere without having microphones thrust at him.

But an even more potent factor is the emergence of new digital media – text messages, blogs, Facebook and Twitter – which provide a virulent forum for rumour, gossip, lies, abuse, propaganda and character assassination. It feeds on itself, each inflammatory item ratcheting up the intensity of the political conversation.    Read more »