Send in the drones (to disaster areas), please

There’s this pet peeve of mine about disaster coverage by news media, and it’s been the case again in early coverage of the earthquakes in Nepal and devastation in the city of Kathmandu. Of course, photojournalists and news videographers shoot images of the worst damage. Editors select the best (worst) photos and video. That’s what…

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The futures of journalism (science-fiction edition)

What does the future hold for journalism and the news business? Will there be journalists in space? Will journalist-hackers roam the wilds of future internets? Will the world even need news professionals in a future of ubiquitous shared data and artificial intelligence? Reading or viewing science fiction offers some (conjectural) answers to those questions and…

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Science fiction suggests some futures for news and media-tech

The best creators of science-fiction are great at conjuring up entertaining and sometimes plausible futures. Indeed, the best of them have envisioned future technologies that eventually became reality. (The classic example: Star Trek’s Communicator. Many years later, Communicator-like mobile flip phones became mainstream.) Occasionally, science-fiction writers, authors, script writers, TV producers, and film directors have…

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Final days to share your news business model!

Back in October (the last time I posted to Media Disruptus), I asked people with an interest in the future of journalism to propose new, innovative business models for the news sector. There’s still time to add your ideas! The online brainstorming tool I’m using (Tricider) will shut down our exercise shortly after the clock…

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Reboot blog!

I’ve taken a break from blogging for a few months, but I’m more than ready to restart! My focus remains on the future of journalism, and especially using the methods of Foresight to anticipate likely futures. That’s mostly what I’ll post here — but I might stray occasionally. Top photo: Creative Commons use, by Neerav…

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HBO has losing game with ‘Thrones’

The headline above may give the wrong impression. Actually, I love and am seriously addicted to HBO’s Game of Thrones fantasy-drama series. That title refers to the cruel (and unfortunately still usual) way that HBO limits access to the hit TV show. But first, the show. I ignored the hubbub for the first four seasons…

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A dilemma: Where to host a social-media discussion group

This week I launched an online community called Writing About the Future, on Facebook Groups. Not everyone who was interested in joining the group was happy that I chose to host it on Facebook. They can be grouped into two simple categories: Yes, Facebook isn’t the ideal home for an online community like Writing About…

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Writing About the Future: A new community you should join!

Do you write about the future(s)? Then I hope that you’ll join this new Facebook group/community, “Writing About the Future,” which I just launched. It’s for: Journalists Writers Authors Scriptwriters Filmmakers Educators Students Artists And anyone who wants to learn, share, and/or teach how to write about and anticipate likely futures better

Predict future news events with web data

Is it possible to know the future? In general, the answer is a resounding “No!” But in certain instances, tools are emerging to predict what might happen in the near future with high probability. This kind of knowledge — say, that civil unrest and violence is likely to erupt in a specific country within the…