2011: The Year in Mischief

Ireland is a staggeringly conservative and conformist society. Conventional wisdom riddles every conversation be it private or broadcast, in print or in the home. Consequently, the impulse to cause mischief should be welcomed as a healthy corrective to stagnation and the denial of reality.

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Take back your life and own your own words

Here’s a New Year’s resolution suggestion for you. By all means keep using facebook, twitter and google+ to chat with people, meet new ones and keep up with old friends. But for goodness sake, when you have something real to say- something that needs more than 140 characters- don’t stick it on a site owned by someone else.

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National Digital Research Centre responds to my post on ROI

The NDRC have been admirably responsive to the issues I've raised in my post. Amy Neale of the NDRC has been good enough to come back to me with a graciously worded response to my self-admitted numeracy-challenged efforts to make sense of the Return on Investment for the public money invested by the Centre.

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Why Budget Coverage Is Bad News

The past few years have seen the budget loom up out of the news calendar, casting its shadow over the news weeks before it actually arrives. It occurred to me that these acres of newsprint can be explained by two regrettable journalistic impulses. Firstly, there is the misery porn.

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The Journalistic Standards of Newstalk

Denis O'Brien has an opinion piece in today's Irish Times defending himself (and by extension his journalists) against the charge that he "despises" journalism. He cites, as evidence of his support for quality journalism, the fact that he has spent €20m on Newstalk radio.

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