Category Archives: Social & Cultural

From some o f the most recent articles I’ve produced to some of my earliest written pieces, many of them written while I still lived in Chicago and was asked to produce a weekly column documenting an emigrant’s experiences.

A brief history of the Irish surveillance state

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, February 2016 edition Twenty years ago, Letterykenny gardai sent a request to Garda HQ looking for selected phone records in the county. The request, part of the deeply flawed Donegal … Continue reading

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Ad Blocking: The next threat to Irish newspapers

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, December 2015 edition A few years ago, as print media watched their subscription and circulation plummet, digital advocates were fond of reciting Clay Shirky’s adage that “no medium can survive … Continue reading

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Class Action: Anti-tabloid bias in Irish radio

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, December 2015 edition Irish news radio programming shows a strong anti-tabloid bias in selecting contributors, according to an examination of survey data from the three main broadcasters earlier this year. … Continue reading

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Times v Times: Battle of the Apps

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, September 2015 edition UX. It’s not the name of a planet in a sci-fi summer spectacular, but an abbreviation for the rather mundane concept of “user experience”. For internet companies, … Continue reading

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A little misleading: How newspapers confound sales and readership

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, September 2015 edition One statistic shows the problem with the readership statistics collected by Newsbrands Ireland (formerly National Newspapers of Ireland) in the most recent survey of Irish newspaper readers. … Continue reading

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