Kantar Futures Blog

Category: media

When pigs flu: the social life of pandemics

global, health, media

When pigs flu: the social life of pandemics

Alex Steer writes: The numbers are changing constantly, but at time of writing, somewhere around 1,800 people (over 1,600 in Mexico) have been infected with the new ‘swine flu’ strain,… Read More »

Trusting Twitter

digital, media, technology, Uncategorized

Trusting Twitter

Oliver Wright writes: The noise of Twitter has reached a crescendo over the past couple of months, partly because of its role in sharing and even breaking news. The fact… Read More »

Live and direct

media, politics, religion, television

Live and direct

Rebecca Nash writes: Some anthropologists of religion work with people who seek unmediated contact with their gods. Their ethnographies contrast the experience of word as text (scriptural religions) with the… Read More »

Credit crunch cliches

economic downturn, media

Credit crunch cliches

Andy Stubbings writes: One of the great lines in the film Network is when the news anchor Howard Beale covers the news of the 1970s recession by telling viewers, “I… Read More »

Social networking for fun and profit

digital, marketing, media

Social networking for fun and profit

Pen Stuart writes: The irresistible rise of social networking has long had media types trying to calculate the best ways to make some money from them. But marketers are increasingly… Read More »

dowconzki § 6

cartoons, media, politics

dowconzki § 6

© Jake Goretzki

Buying viewers’ attention

media, sport, television

Buying viewers’ attention

Andrew Curry writes: The combination of the FA Cup Final – the last for a while on the BBC – and the epically overhyped Champions’ League final on ITV sent… Read More »

Flying the flag (post 2 of 2)

brands, design, marketing, media

Flying the flag (post 2 of 2)

Jake Goretzki writes: In the first half of this post, I wrote about flags as brands with an army and navy – but still in need of relaunching or repositioning… Read More »

But what about Tim?

fashion, media, self-improvement, television

But what about Tim?

Holly Moore from Yankelovich writes: The latest television programming kerfuffle over the U.S. fashion reality TV show Project Runway is telling us something interesting about both the future of the… Read More »