Last week saw the UK’s Greater Manchester Police tweet all 999 switchboard calls throughout a 24 hour period. They are the UK’s first police force to publish a Twitter summary of every incident it is called to deal with. Chief Constable Peter Fahy cited the decline of local press as a reason behind the exercise. He explained only a third of the incidents reported are genuine crimes with two thirds being ‘social work’ concerning alcohol-related disturbances, relationship disputes and mental health issues. So he was turning to Twitter to publicise the reality of police work, to show that British Bobbies are not just truncheon wielding they are caring and sharing too.
Attendees of media140 Ozpolitics enjoyed having political cartoonist First Dog On The Moon (Andrew Marlton) liven up the event by drawing live cartoons throughout the day. These are a few examples of his work. You can view the entire days cartoons at the First Dog On The Moon blog on Crikey
There has been a misapprehension by many people that old forms of interaction with media will continue into the future. However, the growth of ubiquitous mobile internet access and the growth of partial attention to multiple forms of media is the revolution in media consumption. We are seeing the proliferation of digital television stations and with the planned implementation of the National Broadband Network there will be new capabilities for interactive real-time interactions.
The US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich spoke this morning at media140 #Ozpolitics on why President Obama used social media in such an innovative way during his election campaign. Bleich said that it wasn’t because President Obama particularly believed that social media was taking over from traditional media and it wasn’t because his campaign team felt it would differentiate them from other Democratic candidates. It was because they didn’t have any choice.
media140 guest editor Neerav Bhatt recently interviewed Australian political cartoonists Jon Kudelka and First Dog on The Moon in the run up to the media140 Oz Politics conference. The following is an excerpt of that interview. Political cartoons (also known as editorial cartoons) are one of the most powerful parts of the news media because