Mostly serious

Simon Sinek and the digital addiction

Simon Sinek has a made a career out of cutting to the chase and distilling otherwise complex concepts into simpler, more manageable ideas which can be acted upon. He's influenced my approach to marketing at work and how I appraised what was important in my life. Anyone who works with me will know that I bang on about his Start With Why concept all the damned time. He's back in a new video which seems to have immediately reached a massively larger audience than his previous stuff. Here it is, in case you haven't stumbled across it yet: https://youtu.be/hER0Qp6QJNU (more…)

By Simon Jones, ago
Mostly serious

Fierce Light & Dan Carlin: returning to WW1

Through most of 2015 I was listening to an enormously long audio documentary series about World War 1. It's called Blueprint For Armageddon and is part of the Hardcore History show hosted by Dan Carlin. It has a very rambunctious intro, which might make you think that it's going to be frilly and overblown. Don't be put off - the show itself is nothing like its intro. What you get is a six episode series, with each episode being about four hours long, in the form of a free podcast. I'll just let that sink in for a moment. We're talking 24 hours of audio documentary. That doesn't come around often. (more…)

By Simon Jones, ago
Filmmaking

Feeling the chill: summoning the trolls

A recent video I produced and presented for the HitFilm channel was all about editing gaming videos. Pretty simple but useful stuff, presented in a nicely relaxed manner. Given the channel has a fairly diverse viewership, I wanted to have a brief overview that established the culture of online gaming videos for anybody unfamiliar with the concept. Here's the finished video: https://youtu.be/4wWI_9Sscjc When scripting the episode I had a moment of weakness and it's been irritating me ever since. (more…)

By Simon Jones, ago
Games

If Twitter hate mobs are Ultron, where is the internet’s Vision?

For the last ten years-or-so I've been convinced that governments would be responsible for the death of the Internet As We Know It: ever-encroaching censorship and surveillance transforming the promise of the open internet into something darker, more capitalist, more consumeristĀ and, essentially, more 20th century. Here's me on the Digital Economy Bill, and then on the good ol' Twitter Joke Trial. That's a lotta words. Then so-called GamerGate happened, late last year. An amorphous bunch of apparent activists rose up, ostensibly to decry ethics in games journalism but in reality taking every opportunity to harass female game devs, game journalists and gamers, and anybody who supported them. Rape threats. Death threats. It was the abuse unleashed upon Anita Sarkeesian writ large, with a broad brush. The aggressors wielded the term 'Social Justice Warrior' as if it were something to be ashamed of. And all the while they claimed the moral high ground, even while forcing planes to land and issuing genuine terrorist threats to universities. The actions of GamerGate spoke far louder than its words. (more…)

By Simon Jones, ago