Why technology-penetration rates are futile

[box]By Katy Pearce, an assistant professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Communication. This piece was published first on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty[/box] Governments and policy pundits frequently cite technology-penetration rates — Internet, mobile phone, or social media — as meaningful proxies for deeper concepts. Despite this, in fact, penetrations rates are futile. Why … Read more

Nkandla: a gathering of news tribes on Twitter [interactive]

The R201m Nkandla security upgrade story is trending heavily on Twitter today so we put together another interactive showing the influencers in this online discussion. A bit different to our earlier National Press club rhino newsmaker interactive and the FNB/ANC advertising row ones as we see the mainstream news organisations taking centre stage this time round.

The Sasolburg Riots: a Twitter timeline [interactive]

Our experiments in media interactives continue with this timeline showing Twitter tweets minute by minute in the immediate aftermath of the Sasolburg protests. One of Grubstreet’s missions is to bring serious coverage to non-traditional and emerging media in South African which is why we are dipping our toes into interactives like this involving social media and citizen commentary on unfolding affairs. Earlier projects this week looking influential players in the National Press Council rhino debate and the FNB v ANC drama.

The FNB v ANC Twitter explosion [interactive]

This may be a little hard on the heels of yesterday’s interactive feature by this was too interesting to pass on. Below, see how the Twitter action unfolded around First National Bank’s advert series showing young South Africans apparently giving their own views on the future of the country and which so annoyed the ANC … Read more