Category Archives: Social Media

When Worlds Collide #114: Welcome to UPF – United Planet of Football!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 11 July 2014 Last time the FIFA World Cup was approaching its climax in mid July 2010, I did my bit for interstellar cooperation (or conquest). If … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #113: Outpacing Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean: Are we ready?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 4 July 2014 Timely warnings about on-coming disasters can literally save lives – provided the word reaches those at risk. And they know what to do, and … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #112: Social Media ‘Candles’ for Mainstream Media Blackouts

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 20 June 2014 What is the best way to manage public information in times of national crises – whether disasters, epidemics or conflict? All governments face this … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #101: Safely Riding the Social Media Dragon

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 29 March 2014 “We have to start asking not what is wrong with Facebook but what is wrong with our society?” Those words, by Dr Harini Amarasuriya, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #76: Against the Fall of Memory…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 28 July 2013 “I’m everything you lost. You won’t forgive me.  My memory keeps getting in the way of your history.” So wrote Agha Shahid … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #71: Bridging the ‘Other Digital Divide’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 23 June 2013 “We’ll never allow satellite TV into our country! The minds of our youth must be shielded from those decadent western TV shows!” … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #70: Sailing the Stormy Seas of Social Media

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 9 June 2013 “Don’t we need permission to blog?” asked a bright and eager grassroots development worker during one of my new media training sessions … Continue reading

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