Image Dissectors is a digital periodical, dedicated to perusing, reviewing and analysing the television, the internet, the radio and all other forms that contain words, pictures, sounds, either, neither or both.
The site is named after Philo Farnsworth's all-electronic television camera tube. Farnworth's invention was considered a masterpiece until the iconoscope was invented, instantly reducing Farnworth's image dissector to oblivion. The image dissector was inefficient and required very bright lighting to be used but it marked a huge leap forwards. Without it we would not have the television today and thousands of people would not be settiling down on a Saturday evening to watch The National Lottery Jetset. Just imagine a world like that. So join us in saluting Mr Farnworth and in taking a detailed, unbiased and irreverent look at all things media-related.
As technology has increased, so to has the list of contact details on websites. Image Dissectors is no exception to this rule.
The BBC has recently implemented the Newstracker system. This is a very clever system that searches the Internet for relevant stories and publishes them alongside major news stories.
The Newstracker system is automated. The BBC does not censor or change the results. But because there can potentially be scores of sites covering each story, the BBC does define some rules (algorithms) that help define which sites we link to at any point in time - and in what order these links appear.
Image Dissectors has shamelessly copied this idea, introducing a "follow story" section on the bottom of news stories. Unlike the BBC version, this is not a clever automated system, and Image Dissectors does and will pick and choose the results that go there.
Most of these are newspapers or online news sources, but the first one may require some explanation. This is the story "from the horse's mouth". Often this will be a transcript of a speech or a press release. Today, most stories in UK newspapers come from the Press Association or via a press release, and it is interesting to see just how closely major national newspapers copy the press release, or omit information from it. This becomes very apparent when comparing multiple sources with the original source.
From The Horse's Mouth
Original source: Often the Press Association
Unfortunately, with almost no warning, Broadcast went subscription only on November 26th 2009 - a day that will go down in memory as the day demand for Jedward boosted the X-Factor live tour. Consequently, Broadcast will no longer be listed as a source on articles.
The Media News Aggregator is an automated process that extracts headlines from media websites across the internet and combines them together in one list. Clicking on an article will take you to the full article.
The aggregator updates every hour on the hour. It fetches articles from the following sources: the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Independent, the Daily Mail and the BBC.
In the past few months and years, Social Bookmarking has risen in popularity. Although neither the idea nor the technology is new, it is only recently (possibly with the rise of facebook) that the average internet user has found bookmarking pages a social activity. A flurry of sites have appeared (just take a look at the number of social boomarking icons at the bottom of each article on The IT List), and even the BBC has jumped on the bandwagon. With this becoming so popular, it is now pretty much obligatory to have a few "share links" on the bottom of each page, just so that you don't look like some sort of eighteenth century buffoon. Consequently, at the bottom of each Image Dissectors article are a selection of social networking links.
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