Hallo, this is Iceland

Hella, Iceland

Awesome story of how Iceland is using social media to rebuild its tourism industry – and getting the president heavily involved.


This has to be one of the greatest tumblrs ever made:

“There are many towns on me where humans live. One of them is called “Hella”. I have noticed that many humans think this is a clever name, and take photographs of the sign that says “Hella”.

I do not know why they do this.

Bless bless,
– Iceland.”


Occupy 2.0

The WSJ on how the Occupy movement is going beyond social media and developing new media – including video streaming, mapping and DIY its owns wi-fi networks.


Unpacking Kony 2012

Ethan Zuckerman of MIT’s Center for Civic Media gives one of the most sensible analyses of the Kony 2012 phenomenon I’ve read so far.


Amartya Sen on India’s media

Brilliant and incisive analysis of the state of India’s media (mostly the press) from Amartya Sen.

“There are, of course, many divisions in India — and some apply to newspaper ownership as well — but the division that introduces a generic bias in Indian news coverage, related to the interest of the newspaper reading public, is more like one between a fortunate fifth of the population who are doing just fine on the basis of the economic progress that is taking place in India, and the rest who are being left firmly behind.”


Soundcloud -> radio, for democracy

Soundcloud has always been a great platform, and it’s now one of three platforms being used by an Open Society initiative to create radio stations across West Africa. According to this story, West Africa Radio for Democracy is taking a BBC/NPR style approach to programming, airing investigative pieces and regular news. The use of streaming services mean that radio’s extensive reach can be harnessed at a much lower cost.