FT.LK: Media ethics & advertorials

FT.LK: Media ethics & advertorials

This article on the ft.lk is an example of dubious media ethics in Sri Lanka. I point it out not to nitpick, but because it is indicative of an industry that is crucial to the health of a nation. A robust and trustworthy news industry is a vital component of a healthy society. The ft.lk newspaper seems to be using technology provided by a company called Emojet to run a poll online. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, it is disturbing to see what seems to be an advertorial masquerading as…

Facebook vs. YouTube: battling over music

Facebook vs. YouTube:  battling over music

Two recent analyses highlighted an increasingly heated battle over the dominant player in music video streaming. Music video is streaming music’s killer app. According to MIDiA’s latest consumer survey, 45% of consumers watch music videos on YouTube or Vevo every month, while 25% of consumers use YouTube for music every week (more than any of the streaming audio services). So what YouTube and Vevo do has real impact. – Source The world’s largest social network has redoubled its efforts to reach a broad accord with the industry, according to interviews with negotiators at…

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media Update 13/02/2017

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media Update 13/02/2017

Here’s our latest update on what’s been creating a buzz on social media in Sri Lanka and worldwide Our Blogs This week our team wrote about: The Dilemma of the Digital in Traditional Businesses: we explore the tendencies of a bricks-and-mortar business to self-cannibalise when it succeeds at the digital and how, in an ever evolving, digital-centric future, this effect can be overcome. Words that Wound: an attempt at decoding the psychology that hides behind a cyber-bully. What Went Viral in Sri Lanka? Protests against courts ruling in favour of…

The Dilemma of the Digital in Traditional Businesses

The Dilemma of the Digital in Traditional Businesses

When bricks and mortar companies succeed at the digital how does it affect their traditional business? The Data The holiday season of 2016 gave considerable insight into the impact of e-commerce and Amazon on traditional businesses. According to First Data reports, during the period of 01st October 2016 to 02nd January 2017, e-commerce sales grew 12% and the sales in bricks-and-mortar only grew 1.6%.  The total share sales for the bricks-and-mortar sector also fell a marked 5 points from 2015 coming to 79%. Amazon however, took in 37% of the…

Words that Wound

Words that Wound

The inner-workings of a cyber-bully’s mind “Cyber-bullying is the use of information technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner. According to U.S. Legal Definitions, Cyber-bullying could be limited to posting rumours or gossips about a person in the internet bringing about hatred in other’s minds; or it may go to the extent of personally identifying victims and publishing materials severely defaming and humiliating them.” – Wikipedia Imagine, you’re having a heated argument with your mother. You’re so furious and it’s about to boil over. You…