Why journalists could (and should) become professional explainers

Media 8 March 2011 | 0 Comments

Information is cheap. It has to be, if a fourteen year old with no security clearance can learn state secrets with a regular dial-up connection. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we all can. But as more and more information is liberated on the internet – by everyone – the piles of it we are left to sort through are overwhelming.

If it no longer falls to journalists to discover, or even publish that information, what good are they at all?

Why, to explain, of course!

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Making music videos

Music 31 January 2011 | 0 Comments

Back when I worked at Speakerbox (now defunct), we once helped a South African indie band called The Plastics to make a TV-quality music video. I think it turned out alright:

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Interview with Die Antwoord

Music 13 December 2010 | 0 Comments

I conducted, shot and edited this interview with Die Antwoord in early 2010, just after their breakout music videos, “Enter the Ninja” and “Zef Side“, had gained international infamy via Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin.

I don’t think I’ll ever experience anything quite like it again.


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Book review: Where Good Ideas Come From

Media 29 November 2010 | 0 Comments

It is often claimed that Cape Town’s Table Mountain contains a greater number of plant species than the entire British Isles. So what is it, exactly, that causes certain environments to flourish with biodiversity and rapid evolutionary specialisation, while others lag behind?

Steven Johnson’s latest book, Where Good Ideas Come From, offers several theories. What’s more, it argues that the majority of technological innovations exhibit the same patterns that are successful in natural ecosystems.

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Graffiti on 9th Street: Reaction

Media 9 November 2010 | 0 Comments

Following my recent post about graffiti on 9th Street, I spoke to some residents and business owners about their opinions on graffiti. […]

Mapout: Graffiti on 9th Street

Media 7 November 2010 | 2 Comments


There’s a lot of graffiti in New York City.

To give you some idea just exactly how much graffiti we’re talking about, I hit the streets with a smartphone to photograph as much of it as I could stand and geo-tag the pictures by the GPS coordinates. […]

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Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

Media 2 November 2010 | 0 Comments

An oldie, but a goodie.

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Tiny Little Vampires, a bedbug rock opera

Media,Music 29 October 2010 | 0 Comments

Based on actual interviews with a victim of bedbug infestation and a pest control expert “Tiny Little Vampires” is a rock opera about New York’s bedbug problem that combines in-depth reporting with entertainment and music.

I did this project with David Holmes and Erin Evans, and it was an inordinate amount of fun. You’ll hear me singing in the third verse, as the pest control expert.

Do reporting-based rock operas have a future, in your opinion?

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