Tuesday 8th April
Today I began work for my article on why David Cameron is the least popular politician and I wanted to have a look at a couple of sources as to why he may be particularly unpopular with some people. This article by the telegraph was a great starting point listing the ‘top ten mistakes’ that Cameron has made in his tenure.
Top 10 mistakes of David Cameron – Telegraph. 2014. Top 10 mistakes of David Cameron – Telegraph. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/8642577/Top-10-mistakes-of-David-Cameron.html. [Accessed 08 April 2014].
I remembered about the campaign posters that David Cameron used where his face appeared to be airbrushed that sparked a massive backlash by people creating parody posters and sharing them online altering the wording but using the same photo to be derogatory towards Cameron and / or decisions he had made. I wanted to know when it was that this had occurred so I looked up some articles about the story which dated back to January 2010.
David Cameron’s airbrushed poster campaign sets off internet spoof craze – Mirror Online. 2014. David Cameron’s airbrushed poster campaign sets off internet spoof craze – Mirror Online. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-camerons-airbrushed-poster-campaign-195153. [Accessed 08 April 2014].
Website pokes fun at David Cameron’s ‘airbrushed’ poster | Paul Owen | Politics | theguardian.com . 2014. Website pokes fun at David Cameron’s ‘airbrushed’ poster | Paul Owen | Politics | theguardian.com . [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/2010/jan/14/website-pokes-fun-cameron-airbrushed-poster. [Accessed 08 April 2014].
I wanted to look at the figures of social class just so I had a bit of an understanding of how much of the country was lower-middle class to working class and how much was upper-middle class and up.
A little graphic document I found had a statistic showing the depreciation of percentage of the lower classes that was all I needed to know for what I wanted to use!
IpsosMedia. 2009. Social Grade – A Classification Tool. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ipsos-mori.com/DownloadPublication/1285_MediaCT_thoughtpiece_Social_Grade_July09_V3_WEB.pdf. [Accessed 08 April 2014].
I wanted to check on how the Guardian would write when linking Cameron to Thatcher and by simply typing those two names into the same search box on the Guardian website I was presented with the article below which assisted in my knowledge of this. I found it useful to know that they weren’t very touchy on addressing the subject of Thatcher within their writing of politics.
Freedland, J. This lovefest for Margaret Thatcher spells trouble for David Cameron | | Comment is free | The Guardian . 2014. This lovefest for Margaret Thatcher spells trouble for David Cameron | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian . [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/12/lovefest-margaret-thatcher-trouble-david-cameron. [Accessed 08 April 2014].
Now I have gathered all the information that I need to put in the document, so now there is just a case of writing it all together and sewing it up to make a nice aticle.
Wednesday 9th April
Started work on my article about opening your network and writing about how times have changed significantly and how you could almost split the world in half into people who have embraced technology and those who disregard it. Obviously this would be factoring out those parts of the world where technology is not available and cannot be accessed. This could potentially be seen as ignorant however it does not apply to them so it is fair enough to exclude those countries.
I wanted to have a look at some statistics for my article on opening up your social network to get some idea of the amount of people using social networking applications on their phones.
Mobi Thinking. Global mobile statistics 2013 Section E: Mobile apps, app stores, pricing and failure rates | mobiThinking. 2014. Global mobile statistics 2013 Section E: Mobile apps, app stores, pricing and failure rates | mobiThinking. [ONLINE] Available at: http://mobithinking.com/mobile-marketing-tools/latest-mobile-stats/e. [Accessed 12 April 2014].
I was also curious to see if my anticpiation that University application figures were higher now than they have been and this was confirmed by checking the analytics section of the UCAS website.
UCAS, 2014. UK application rates by country, region, sex, age and background (2014 cycle, January deadline) | UCAS. 2014. UK application rates by country, region, sex, age and background (2014 cycle, January deadline) | UCAS. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ucas.com/news-events/news/2014/uk-application-rates-country-region-sex-age-and-background-2014-cycle-january. [Accessed 12 April 2014].
“Application rates for 18 year olds in England, Wales and Scotland increase to new highs
- Application rates for 18 year olds for each UK country are at, or very near, the highest levels recorded.
- Application rates for English 18 year olds have increased by 1.4 percentage points to 35 per cent in 2014 making English 18 year olds 4 per cent more likely to apply to higher education than last year and more likely than in any previous cycle.”
Facebook friends statistic:
Smith, C. 2014, By the Numbers: 105 Amazing Facebook Statistics (Updated April 2014). 2014. By the Numbers: 105 Amazing Facebook Statistics (Updated April 2014). [ONLINE] Available at: http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/by-the-numbers-17-amazing-facebook-stats/#.U3CTrK1dXZU. [Accessed 12 April 2014].
I went back to add a little bit to my article on Opening up you social network about YouTube sensation ‘PewDiePie’ who has oiver 26 million viewers. Quite the audience.
Top YouTube Channels | Most Subscribed YouTube Channels – StatSheep. 2014. Top YouTube Channels | Most Subscribed YouTube Channels – StatSheep. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.statsheep.com/p/Top-Subscribers. [Accessed 12 May 2014].
I wanted to reference the overnight sensationalism of the Arctic Monkeys into the way Stephens story took off and showing the positive light of social media.
Park, D. Prefix. (2005) Aren’t fooling around [Online] Prefix. Available from: <http://www.prefixmag.com/features/arctic-monkeys/arent-fooling-around-part-1-of-2/12565/> [Accessed 15th April 2014].
I wanted to find out the number of tweets that get posted every day to show the opportunity that trolls have for being able to operate how they do. The reference below supplies a link that took me to the site which stated that there are over 58 million tweets posted every day!
Twitter Statistics | Statistic Brain. 2014. Twitter Statistics | Statistic Brain. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.statisticbrain.com/twitter-statistics/. [Accessed 24th April 2014].
Having worked this way for the first article, I thought that I would continue to just gather all the information I was looking to write and have all the information stored so that then I could just sit and write all the articles using the information I had gathered as opposed to working through a straight process through one and then through the next. I feel this will work better because then I can sit down and write in a continuous flow rather than having to keep stop starting all the time.