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OPEN: Antony Mayfield's Blog

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:24:47 +0000


Newspapers and digital transformation

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 15:59:39 +0000

  When Christina Scott, CIO at The Financial Times spoke at Dots 2015 I introduced her with a joke that she was one of the top five CIOs according to an industry journal – number three in fact, so she might want to try harder. I recalled this earlier this year when she was awarded CIO […]

Pace: Buzzfeed’s competitive advantage

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 15:58:40 +0000

For the past year or so I have been giving talks for students on Google’s Squared programme (and its sibling-programme Squared Online) about the digital landscape. My talk covers a brief history of the internet, the evolution of media, changing customer behaviours and how media and brands are adapting. Buzzfeed‘s my primary example of a […]

Medium post: The web will tear us apart

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:27:21 +0000

The web will tear us apart — the decay of the Arab Spring :: Postscript: I published to Medium first partly because I’m enjoying that platform and partly because I was able to publish direct from Ulysses, my favourite writing app. I’m trying the Ulysses Beta for iPhone/iPad/Mac at the moment and have found myself […]

What I read in 2015 (and how it changed how I read, work and write)

Sat, 02 Jan 2016 10:54:38 +0000

A version of this post was originally published on Medium.   Well what do you know, a New Year’s resolution that stuck… About this time last year I decided that I would like to read more books. Not a sudden epiphany, this?—?I’d always wished that I had more time to read. I’d slipped into the habit […]

Instagram for writing

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 07:14:38 +0000

Two dots to connect on this one. The other day a friend mentioned that “Instagram comments are the new blogging” for some young people. Then the Wunderkammer email (worth subscribing to) offered a story about journalists using it to post stories. Initially sceptical when his editor suggested he use Instagram to share reportage from a […]

Reading up on the blockchain

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:52:07 +0000

  *Updated – apologies for errors – still testing new writing apps.* There are good reads to be had in the business press this week on the Blockchain – you can call the technology blockchain and the instances of it blockchains, but in these early days of the word, it seems to often be referred […]

Excellent podcast on innovation

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:45:04 +0000

Disruption is a word worn thin by overuse. “Verbal inflation”, Michael Raynor (a long-time collaborator of Clayton Christensen) calls the effect in this Andreessen Horowitz podcast where he talks about his work on disruption theory and how to apply it to planning and prediction (also covered in his book The Innovator’s Manifesto). Podcast: a16z: Holy Non Sequiturs, Batman: […]

The opportunity in avoiding catastrophe

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:55:58 +0000

  An article in the FT by Martin Wolf made a point that I’d not heard before: avoiding climate change would bring massive benefits to the global economy (with the side benefit of averting a great deal of human catastrophe). Even more interesting is that one obvious move is about subsidies – not subsidising renewable energy, […]

Unstructured writing and thinking

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:02:40 +0000

It’s interesting working with your children on their revision. You get to re-learn basic French, discover the reason you learnt algebra (in order to help your children revise algebra, apparently) and also the basics of structuring narratives and essays. Much of my blogging – when it breaks out* – is off the cuff, exploring an idea […]

Robo-journo beta open to all

Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:23:46 +0000

   The first report generated by software rather than a human reporter appeared in March last year. It was about an earthquake in Southern California. Now a company called Automated Insights has made a beta version of its software available for anyone to try, says Wired: Wordsmith, a platform that provides so-called robot journalists to […]