Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Lisbon and Cóir: When Parody becomes Reality

Given that much of the publicity material being put out in the south by anti-Lisbon group Cóir is little more than a joke, it was only a metter of time before someone actually did make a joke of it.

Now an eagle-eyed David Cochrane of fame has spotted a mishap by the Evening Herald whereby they ran a parody of a Cóir poster as if it was an actual piece of literature produced by the group.

As David says: "Funny, yes, but also a lesson in that Cóir posters are so easy to parody, it’s difficult to tell which posters belong to them, and which are a piss-take."

However, it does raise a potential issue that there may be many voters don't realise how ridulous Cóir's actual claims are.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Monday, 7 September 2009

Does Twitter make you a twit?

According to research carried out by Dr Tracy Alloway from the University of Sterling, Sudoku stretches the working memory, as does keeping up with friends on Facebook.

However, the instantaneous nature of texting, Twitter and YouTube is not healthy for working memory, according to findings.

As the Daily Telegraph reports: ''On Twitter you receive an endless stream of information, but it's also very succinct. You don't have to process that information.

''Your attention span is being reduced and you're not engaging your brain and improving nerve connections."

If people constantly just skim Twitter, I can see her point. However, I’d imagine it’s the way in which it's used that matters. For example, often tweets carry urls which link through to more in-depth news articles and the like which obviously require more concentration to read.

Likewise, if you just glance through your Facebook homepage to have a nose at what your friends are up to in a very superficial and non-engaging way, you’re not going to indulge your brain in any great amount of deep thought.

As a result, it’s the nature of the user rather than the platform which I’d guess dictates the effect the latter has on the former.