Mathew Lowry

The story of the Mr Bean “hack” of the Spanish Presidency website got me thinking. Not the story itself, which is just an amusing diversion. But Joe Litobarski’s excellent analysis led me to compare the way the story was covered by the mainstream media and by bloggers such as himself and Julien Frisch, who first… » read more

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Every now and then I see a neat new ways for displaying complex information simply and my inner child comes out. It really delights me that there are software and design geniuses out there, working together to provide visualisation tools for mere plebs like me to use. If I ever get the time. So, following… » read more

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So the debate about the Euroblogosphere, or the Eurosphere, or the European Public Sphere, or web2eu, or the European online public space, of whatever-we-call-it-next-week, has sparked again into life, like a Frankensteinian monster with dodgy spark plugs screwed into the base of its neck. The latest incarnation is over on the blog of Joe Litobarski,… » read more

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Astroturfing the Berlaymont

One of the topics I’ve been developing on this blog for quite some time came up at last week’s get-together organised by the Belgian IABC chapter: the need (or not) for social media guidelines for EU staff. I actually think such guidelines are needed not just for EU staff, but for everyone serious about using… » read more

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Visualising complexity

I started out as a science journalist before moving to Europe, so I’ve always loved explaining complex things. Unfortunately, although I love words, they’re often not enough – nothing beats an infographic, or better a narrated animation, to really get complex things across. Unfortunately, I’m a rubbish artist, so until recently all I could do… » read more

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(When) Does EU blogging matter?

A Twitter conversation between two much-followed EU-oriented bloggers over the weekend caught my eye. I won’t identify them as you need to follow them on Twitter to see their tweets. It started when one asked whether anyone out there “still thinks that blogging is in any way likely to have an impact … why should… » read more

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