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Russell Brand is a complete douche

Russell Brand is a sanctimonious liberal elite douchebag.

And he is trouble.

Russell Brand could be banned from Twitter, after he tweeted the contact details of a journalist to his 8.7 million followers.

The comedian tweeted a photograph of the business card of a senior Daily Mail reporter that  included his work phone number, mobile number, and work email address.

In the since-deleted tweet, Brand, 39, alleged the newspaper and its owner, Lord Rothermere, were avoiding tax.

“Lord Rothermere and @DailyMailUK avoid tax. One of their senior reporters wants to talk about it,” Brand tweeted, with a photograph of reporter Neil Sears’ business card attached.

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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.


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 »

I bet Finlayson is a follower

Christopher Finlayson is probably one of the quickest wits and sharpest tongues in parliament. He is also a fan of the arts and a catholic.

I suspect he will be mildly interested in the Pope’s Latin Twitter account which has scored 142,000 followers in short order.

POPE BENEDICT XVI was a Latin lover. In January, not long before stepping down, he launched a Latin language Twitter account that has since attracted more than 130,000 followers. People have used it to follow the visit to Brazil of the new pope, Francis. By comparison, the Polish papal Twitter feed has slightly more than 108,000 followers whereas Spanish, the most popular of the papal accounts, has more than 3m. Benedict also announced his resignation using Latin, giving a scoop to the one journalist who could understand him. The Vatican’s affection for Latin is shared by others online and on the airwaves. Why does a language with no native speakers have so many fans?  Read more »

Has anyone told Mallard?

The Atlantic

There is now a site that captures and publishes deleted politician’s tweets. Has anyone told Trevor Mallard the bad news yet?

Today, the transparency-minded folks over at the Sunlight Foundation are releasing a new service: Politwoops, which exists solely to resurface deleted tweets from politicians’ accounts. The project follows the official Twitter feeds of, among others, President Obama, members of Congress, and presidential candidates; when a pol has a deleted a tweet, Politwoops records the deletion and archives the message. It also records, helpfully, the time of deletion and the amount of time elapsed between posting and deletion. Think Tweleted, only politics-focused and operational.

The Politwoops team has been compiling a database of deleted tweets for six months now — so, though today marks the service’s official launch, Politwoops has already recorded over 3,000 deleted tweets for your schadenfreudistic enjoyment. These include: Senator John McCain mocking the tears of Vladimir Putin after the latter’s re-election; Newt Gingrich’s campaign account tweeting, Dole-like, in the third person; and Representative Jeff Miller tweeting a link to a Facebook poll asking, “Was Obama born in the United States?”

The deleted tweets vary from the embarrassing-and-humanizing to the horrifically awkward … but, either way, they add another layer of accountability to the churning machine of political communications. While we probably did not need another reminder that politicians make mistakes, there’s a certain power in seeing the deleted tweets collected into this odd archive of political anti-matter.

Focussing on the things that matter, Ctd

Clare Curran continues to show us why she is the Queen of New Zealand Political Social Media, by focusing ont he things that matter…like international kissing day:

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Cactus Kate gave her something to forget that tweet though:

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Clare Curran, once again proving that Twitter is never good news for politicians.

Campaigning with Social Media and Issues of Control

Yesterday I was perhaps too hasty on my comments about Jo de Joux. I have had a few comments on the tipline that suggested I may have been a bit hasty. That also coincided with my review of the campaigns of National and Labour using social media.

It can’t be easy being a campaign manager for a major political party. Especially when your campaign is designed around the leader. The last thing you need is distractions provided by dickheads and off message candidates and MPs…bearing that in mind and removing the precious ego fueled rants of ticked of MPs you have to come to the conclusion that actually Jo de Joux did a good job on controlling the message of MPs, candidates and John Key. That is a mammoth task and the fact that there were no Social Media Own Goals by anyone in National of consequence just goes to show the fine effort done in that regard. Even Tau Henare was able to remain on message.

If campaign managers have to take the blame for screw ups then they should also take the credit for when things go right. Campaign managers need to focus of the campaign and not be distracted by things like….oh I don’t know…bike races. In that respect National and Jo de Joux deserve plaudits for staying on message and growing their party vote. I sure didn’t see Jo challenging a Labour MP to a triathlon or some other silly race of sorts.

Now contrast that performance with zero mistakes with that of Trevor Mallard and his own social media disasters.

To start off with their campaign was built around their web presence. We all know how that started off this year after I busted their site wide open. The disaster that unfolded from that also dried up their donor because of lackadaisical credit card processing. Then of course there was the total lack of control of Labour candidates and MP with Facebook and Twitter. Almost daily there was some sort of SMOG, in fact it was because of Labour that the term was invented.

Then of course was the unedifying vision of Trevor Mallard engaging in an asymmetrical war with a blogger. He sledged, he challenged, I accepted and then he spent the next 3 months making sure his bike riding matched his mouth. Sure I trained and sure I was mouthy back, but I had nothing to lose. For three months while Jo de Joux was working hard on National’s error free campaign, Trevor Mallard was cycling the streets so he wouldn’t lose a bike race with a blogger.

Trevor Mallard took his plans for winning the election to caucus. At meeting after meeting he told caucus that Labour would the election on the web with initiatives like Red Alert, with Facebook and with Twitter. Obama did it and so would Labour.

Well, how did that work out for them?

Not so good is how. Red Alert captured in writing many silly ideas and posts and opinions. Facebook and Twitter showed up many personal details about candidates and MPs that caused weekly embarrassment including massive stuff ups from high ranking spokespeople.

The fact that the campaign manager couldn’t control his own message or temper for that matter was problematic. It was my research for this post that showed the stark difference and why I have had to modify my stance on the performance of National’s campaign manager. It comes down to control and control sometimes causes friction. Lack of control though ends in disaster which Trevor Mallard is busily proving he still lacks with another nasty personal attack on me and a couple of friends when he should in fact be showing some remorse, humility and offering up a massive apology for helping Phil Goff tank Labour to their lowest score since 1928 with his inept and hopeless campaign.

Why MPs shouldn’t use social media

I get asked quite regularly by MPs and people with a high public profile about how to maximise social media especially Twitter and Facebook.

Unlike most advisors I tell them to give it a miss. There are many reasons but one of them is unless you understand the implications of permissioning then you run a real risk of being severely embarrassed.

Like Trevor Mallard, the Labour Party’s strategic genius and uber-blogger and now porn spammer:

UPDATE: I have had requests from readers to censor the image. I have decided to do so.


And they wonder why I call them repeaters

Last week I blogged about Len Brown’s Christmas card and three days later the Herald on Sunday has a story about the very same thing. Google Len Brown Christmas Card and see what Google thinks. The Whale on top and The Herald several links down the page.

Yesterday I blogged about Japhet Simiona being hailed as a success story in a school bullying project. I broke that story, I published it first and loe and behold a NZ Herald repeater goes and does a story about the exact same thing. Now this is news and all good that it is exposed, but a little credit where credit is due is in order I think. (Note all the links…that’s how modern media does things)

I’ve lost count of the number of times that I have broken stories and the repeaters ahve follwoed along one, two or even a week later. It would be nice of them to insert a line acknowledging where they heard about it from.

The thing is I know they heard about it from me first, because they all follow my Twitter account and read my Facebook wall. I’m sure as hell not following them on Twitter.

When bloggers use news stories to highlight their opinion they politely provide a link to the source story, it would nice if churnalists and repeaters did the same.

I might have to start billing I think. Either that or the various schools of churnalism start teaching these chumps about ethics, how to google, how to link to sources and other useful topics instead of them sitting on Facebook and Twitter hoping a story will land in their lap.

UPDATE: Just had an email from Jared Savage…he has said that he got the story from other sources…and that he was going to email me last night because he knew I would do a post like this lol… Good on Jared for emailing me.

#IAmSpartacus – Why the law can't keep up with technology

Mashable has an article about the Spartacus effect as I like to call it.

The South Yorkshire man who was recently convicted for joking about bombing an airport on Twitter is now just one of many who have done the exact same thing.

Paul Chambers’s original tweet, “Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” was meant as a joke, but Judge Jacqueline Davis saw things differently. She thought the tweet was “menacing in its content,” dismissing Chambers’s appeal to the original sentence, a £1,000 fine.

Furthermore, Chambers has been ordered to pay an additional £2,000 to cover the legal bills, and lost his job as a financial manager as a consequence of his arrest.

Now, thousands of Twitter users are expressing support for Chambers, repeating his tweet together with a hashtag #IAmSpartacus, a reference to the film Spartacus, in which fellow gladiators express solidarity with Spartacus by uttering the phrase, “I am Spartacus.”

The hashtag is now a global trending topic on Twitter, and Chambers’s tweet has been repeated by thousands of users.

FIGJAM should take careful note of this as he seeks to try to control the internet. The Spartacus effect and mobilised, serious users of technology make almost any attempt to control the internet meaningless and ultimately pointless, other than for trying to raise the profile of the fool proposing it.

The law never has kept up with technology and never will. the internet was designed for freedom and routing around blockages, the justice system is just a network blockage and users are routing around.

FIGJAM runs the same risk of becoming a network blockage, one that will be flushed out of the system electorally if he keeps meddling where he knows nothing. He would be best to go back to being a third rate conveyancing lawyer in a small provincial town.