Episode 13: Graffiti was analogue internet, with Creative Rebels podcast co-host David Speed

Well, this episode has got me nostalgic for London trains, tubes, bridges and underpasses that were covered in graffiti in the 90s.

As one of the graffiti writers says in the incredible 1983 documentary Style Wars, that my guest David Speed mentions in this episode, once he’d tagged a subway carriage, it’d take his work all over the city, to people who’d never heard of him, who’d probably never meet him. And yet. His work was out there.

Graffiti was the analogue internet – along with literature. (h/t Maria Popova: https://www.theeuropean-magazine.com/maria-popova/8840-maria-popova-on-information-in-the-digital-age)

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Episode 12: From the Guardian to Vogue, via freelancing

Digital strategist & journalist Laura Oliver is currently acting Head of Audience Growth at Vogue International, and was Head of Social and Community at The Guardian, until she went freelance two years ago, following voluntary redundancy.

Freelancing wasn’t the plan after leaving The Guardian – Laura says she kind of fell into it – but once she’d made the decision, she made use of LinkedIn to get work, and she goes into detail on the episode on how she did that.

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Producer Leona Fensome guests on the podcast to tell us about working on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

After working in written journalism in her native Australia, Leona tried out some audio and liked it.

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Episode 10: Whatsapp has transformed foreign reporting

British freelance journalist Jennifer O’Mahony is now based in West Africa – mostly in Dakar, Senegal – and her job would be much harder without Whatsapp.

Technology leapt from the analogue age to smartphones in the area she covers, so contacts prefer Whatsapping, speaking on the phone, or meeting in person. Businesses have Facebook pages rather than websites, rely on mobile money rather than bank accounts and email isn’t really the done thing.

[Here’s a clickable version of that 1843 link]

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Episode 9: Bandersnatch interview with Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker

Now that Bandersnatch is safely out in the world, Charlie Brooker can talk about the making of it, the endings he likes and the secret hidden things we might never find, thanks to the editing process!

I sat down with him this week to write a profile for New Statesman. Here’s a taster:

“It’s like the world functions as a Black Mirror alert system for me,” he continues. “Where people just say, ‘Have you seen this? This is a bit Black Mirror isn’t it?’ Yeah. It is. I would say it’s slightly terrifying, but is it the worst thing China has to face at the moment? Probably not. I mean, there’s climate change…”

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Episode 8: Black Mirror Bandersnatch, mental health and technology

Sure, none of us have finished Bandersnatch yet, because none of us ever will. We’re just going to have to live with that.

One thing we’ll all have noticed is that the themes of mental illness, therapy and medication are central to every path that Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) takes through the game-film.

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Episode 7: Inside Black Mirror interview with Charlie Brooker

Netflix has finally released the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch!

But wait… what’s a Black Mirror Event?

Nobody knows, but looks like we’ll be finding out at about 8am GMT tomorrow… that trailer looks pretty darn analogue, so the 1980s nostalgia is going to be strong.

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