attention

Dec
10
Why Substack's evolution is beginning to worry me

Why Substack's evolution is beginning to worry me

Is the newsletter platform a boon for independent journalism — or the beginnings of another attention gatekeeper that we'll all regret supporting?
4 min read
Nov
13
The two reasons why most newsletters will fail

The two reasons why most newsletters will fail

4 min read
Sep
28
When less journalism is more

When less journalism is more

The shift to digital unleashed the floodgates on a tidal wave of journalism of often variable content. And, finally, publishers are discovering that smaller amounts of more valuable work can be better.
4 min read
May
14
The other impact of Covid-19 on journalism: more competition for attention

The other impact of Covid-19 on journalism: more competition for attention

Lockdown is trapping people at home, and pushing everything online. And that means a while range of organisations have suddenly become publishers.
6 min read
Feb
19
Engaged Reading Digest: who won the attention election?

Engaged Reading Digest: who won the attention election?

A quick round-up of useful digital publishing reading from around the web, including the Beeb on the Dark Web, and journalism LIVE.
3 min read
Feb
17
If you don’t understand attention, you don’t understand digital publishing

If you don’t understand attention, you don’t understand digital publishing

5 min read
Nov
25
Why completion matters to digital journalism

Why completion matters to digital journalism

There's a psychological impact of completion we ignore at our peril
2 min read
Feb
04
The World Record Egg: hacking attention for mental health?

The World Record Egg: hacking attention for mental health?

We now know who was behind the World Record Egg - and what they plan on doing with the account. But what does this tell us about today's attention economy?
5 min read
Jan
28
Rise of the Memeocracy — and its cost

Rise of the Memeocracy — and its cost

We reward the ability to win attention with fame, validation and money. But that comes with a psychological price.
1 min read
Jun
12
Camping, burnout and a digital diet: exploring slow social media

Camping, burnout and a digital diet: exploring slow social media

A week's digital disconnection has left me refreshed, but lacking enthusiasm for reconnecting on social media. Here's what I'm going to do about it.
6 min read