Is there any debate about the digital age and where we are heading?

Sydney Morning Herald July 20, 2010

E-books overtake hardcover sales: Amazon

The Kindle DX

The Kindle DX. Photo: Bloomberg

Online retail giant Amazon has said that sales of electronic books for the Kindle have overtaken hardcover book sales.

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos also said the growth rate of sales for the Kindle had tripled since the company cut the e-reader's price from $US259 to $US189 a month ago.

"We've reached a tipping point with the new price of Kindle," Bezos said in a statement.

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Courier mail, 15th July 2010

Twitter is changing how elections are won and lost

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally and candidate during a Twitter debate

TECHNO SAVVY: NSW Premier Kristina Keneally and candidate during a Twitter debate, in the lead-up to the NSW state by-election. Source: The Courier-Mail

IF Julia Gillard calls the election today, chances are the news will be reported first not by radio or TV or even a website, but by a journalist standing in the cold outside Government House and thumbing over a smartphone to his or her Twitter account.

That is how the world discovered three weeks ago that Kevin Rudd had vacated the prime-ministership.

The Australian's online political editor, Samantha Maiden, broke the news that Julia Gillard had replaced him without the need for a caucus room contest simply by texting "Labor MP text: it's Julia no ballot" to Twitter.

The social media tool, which allows users to post text messages of no more than 140 characters to be read by anyone who cares to follow them, has generated a welter of speculation about how it will be used during this election campaign. Its ease of use and potential for voter feedback have political tragics excited. The British election was when Twitter's influence on political campaigning was supposed to come into its own. And it did, after a fashion. When some bright spark started analysing Twitter messages about the election looking for voter trends, the result was a predication of the outcome more accurate than the established opinion polls.

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Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.

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