MacIntyre and McLuhan: Both emphasised the medium over the message It’s over half a century since Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian mediologist, coined the phrase “the medium is the message”. By that, he meant that no means of cultural communication could be separated from the influences (and ownership) of the medium that carries it. McLuhan […]
Three decades ago, I defamed a knight of the realm in The Observer. We spent some expensive time taking counsel in chambers, where it was decided that we should settle out of court and apologise. “But it’s true!” I wailed, meaning my story, which was now to be withdrawn as a lie. My editor fixed […]
I like to think of Jesus saying to his disciples (who, in modern lingo, we might call his mates): “I was born in a stable, me”. It could have been a sort of Aramaic version of Monty Python’s Yorkshiremen sketch – a bunch of horny-handed northern Judean proles getting competitive about their relative hardships: “Luxury! […]
We’ve certainly been around the block in journalism and post-modern communications. Perhaps we’re publishing sages – you can be the judge of that. We change-manage media groups, we launch-edit and staff sites, we develop (and sometimes speak on!) media platforms, we raise funding for original start-ups, we generate on-line content and develop readerships, we sometimes […]
A few years ago, I gave the speech at the summer prize-giving of a school of which I’m a governor. As part of it, I reprised my own dismal school performance – A-streamed but good at only two subjects, English and Divinity, and never a prizewinner – and I gave a shout-out for all the […]
This is the second time in a fortnight that Impact Eye has had cause to have a pop at the Financial Times. Last week, it was FTfm’s revelation that impact investing wasn’t only for the wealthy (who knew?).
A curious case of a statement of the, er, blinking obvious appeared in the Financial Times this week. It ran in its fund management supplement, FTfm, under the less than startling headline “Impact investing goes mainstream”. Who knew?
What do you think of the advertising business, Allan? I think creative agencies and their clients work very hard, but they’re deluding each other most of the time.