The problem with Facebook

Facebook knows more about me than I do. The Cambridge Analytica row hit the social networking site right before the new Europe-wide GDPR came into force. And questions about user data and privacy had already circulated for years beforehand.
 But what actually is the problem with Facebook?
 I put it down to one thing: the problem with Facebook is that it grew too much too quickly.

This is why I believe Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to EU officials in Brussels was disappointing

Mark Zuckerberg was praised by the President of the European Parliament for allowing his testimony to EU officials to be live-streamed. And the fact that the CEO travelled to Europe to answer these questions should also be recognised, even if he has turned down multiple offers to speak to a UK parliamentary group. But the session has left me with a mixed response.

Photographing snow in 360º

Two weeks ago, the Midlands was hit by heavy snow. But with it came an opportunity to take my Theta S camera out for some photos. All I had was the camera, a selfie stick, and some gloves. Taking photos in 360º takes a little bit more planning than any other photo. Not only do you have the framing, lighting, and general set up to worry about, you also have the 'hide factor' to contest with too. How easy is it to remove yourself from the shot?

MA project: The finished piece

The aim of the project was to explore interactive video, and to find a way of providing additional context to the viewer. To do so, I created four videos. The first was my default, a non-interactive version to act as a point of comparison. Two videos provided interactivity by allowing the user to control the content on screen, and these were achieved using my own web-code and an online tool (Thinglink). The final video, exploring the ability for the user to control the direction-of-view within the video, used 360º cameras to create a virtual reality video.

MA project: Video editing part 1

I've now reached a point where all interview footage, flat and 360º, have been imported in Final Cut Pro X ready for editing. With other commitments, I haven't spent as much time editing these as I'd originally hoped, however I have reviewed all the footage collected and started to note time-codes of interest.

Using Instagram Stories for news content

Instagram has two ways of publishing content: its timeline, and through its Stories feature. Stories were introduced in August last year and unlike timeline pictures and video, are only available to view for up to 24 hours after posting. It's very similar to Snapchat, and designed so "you don’t have to worry about overposting".

Data visualisations on Instagram

Data is a valuable product for journalists to not only source news stories, but to prove and disprove beliefs. However data on its own is unattractive, and isn't interesting to a general audience. Instead, visualisations capture the meaning of data, and should present it in such a way that provides understanding, while also making it engaging.