My on-going recommendation for best UK WordPress hosting


If you are looking for the most reliable WordPress hosting in the UK, with the best customer service, then based on my experience I have a strong recommendation for you. For two years this site has been hosted by Fresh Sites. I moved to them in April 2013 after some very bad experiences with other … Continued

My recommendation for best UK WordPress hosting


Your digital space needs to be stable, fast and well supported to function effectively. And that means you need good web host to provide peace of mind – especially, if like me, you don’t have sufficient technical skills to manage the hosting of your site personally. After some troubled times, I’ve finally found a web host I trust.

Getting paid in the digital economy


Few topics are as potentially toxic as the question of how one gets paid for creative work in the digital economy. But we need to avoid a moralising perspective and develop a more sophisticated understanding of the role ‘free’ plays in relation to paid in a structurally open system like the internet.

The struggle for the open web: putting ‘piracy’ in perspective


The struggle for the open web is going to be a big issue in 2012. Given the importance of the internet to creative producers, its something we should be paying a lot of attention to. And that means, first up, thinking about the implications of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently before the US … Continued

Photographic anxiety: should we worry about image abundance?


Should we be worried about image abundance in the contemporary world? In recent weeks I have heard a number of affirmative answers to this question. At both the University of Sunderland’s excellent “Versatile Image: Photography in the Age of Web 2.0” conference and the Les Rencontres d’Arles symposium on “Photography, the Internet and Social Networks,” … Continued

The new media landscape (3): community, transactions and value


  The disruptive power of the internet has produced a new ecology of information. As outlined in the first post of this series, this is the inescapable big picture for anyone engaged in creative practice. This new ecology of information incorporates some hard realities for those of us seeking to support creative practice. In the … Continued

The new media landscape (2): the importance of community


  The disruptive power of the internet has made ‘community’ an essential concept in the new media landscape. A community is a group of people who share the similar interests, concerns or pursuits. They form around common purposes or practices. As argued in the first post of this series, the internet ‘disintermediates’ because it collapses … Continued

The new media landscape (1): contours of change


Change in the media landscape is constant. Everyone involved in the production of creative content – photographers, journalists, writers, and musicians, as well as those who deal in those products – knows that nothing is as it was. Too much of the current debate about how creative practitioners can cope with these upheavals proceeds without … Continued

The Back Catalogue (2): Photojournalism in the new media economy


Welcome to the second in “The Back Catalogue” series of posts… I’ve been actively writing online for nearly three years now, and one of the challenges of the blog format is how to keep old posts with content that is potentially still relevant from slipping off the radar. And because this site combines my research with … Continued

Thinking Images v.9: Egypt, revolution and the internet


Thinking Images – an occasional series on some of the week’s visuals and the thoughts they prompt… Hundreds of thousands of protestors have returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square demonstrating that the demand for change in Egypt is as strong as ever. Today the scene has been peaceful, but two weeks of extensive coverage from a corps of … Continued

The ongoing revolution in the media economy


The revolutions transforming the media economy continue apace. In the year since I published my five part series on these changes (beginning here and ending here) we have seen more evidence of the overall direction of change. Reviewing my notes from 2010 here are some of the standout developments to date: 1. Things remain grim … Continued