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I’m the founder of PlainSpeak, a consultancy focusing on the intersection between media, technology and business.

Alistair Fairweather
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How I calculated the internet’s electricity bill

How I calculated the internet’s electricity bill

I'm not exactly a natural maths whizz, a fact made abundantly clear earlier this year when I wrote that R1 invested in Apple in 2000 would now be worth around R1280. The correct figure is, in fact, R13.80. Since then I've made a habit of triple ch...

7 reasons I love Masterchef Australia, even though I loathe reality TV

7 reasons I love Masterchef Australia, even though I loathe reality TV

Reality TV represents a low point in the history of culture for me. Take Survivor for instance: a show that purports to be about humans triumphing against the elements, but is really an excuse to watch people grub around in the dirt and debase the...

Why recessions, like forest fires, are natural and good

Why recessions, like forest fires, are natural and good

Every country in the world has spent the last half decade battling with varying degrees and flavours of recession. Since the start of the global financial crisis in 2007, tens (possibly hundreds) of millions of people have been forced into unemplo...


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I have tasted the Mango, and found it unexpectedly sweet (Sorry, Microsoft)

I have tasted the Mango, and found it unexpectedly sweet (Sorry, Microsoft)

I'm not the biggest fan of Microsoft - I've made that pretty clear over the years. It has spent a decade in various degrees of stagnation, largely thanks to keeping Uncle Fester's evil twin as its CEO. It has made a string of expensive and stupid ...

6 reasons why RICA is a waste of everyone’s time and money

6 reasons why RICA is a waste of everyone’s time and money

The deadline has passed, the nagging is over, and (most) people are now registered with RICA. Most of us still aren’t sure why we had to register at all. The truth is RICA is a pointless exercise, even by the extremely low standards of other red t...

Black Swan – requiem for a dancer

Black Swan – requiem for a dancer

Ballet has always been a loaded subject, suspended uncomfortably between art and masochism, between the divine and the pathological. But Black Swan transcends ballet, playing more like the dark existential crisis of Dr Jekyl and Hyde than the fair...

An open letter to Patrick Craven and COSATU

An open letter to Patrick Craven and COSATU

Dear Mr Craven We are very different men, from very different generations, with very different views of the world. Nonetheless I respect both your opinion, and your contribution to the liberation struggle. But while I concede many of the points in...

Only 100 years before you earn your Facebook investment back (and why it’s still worth it)

Only 100 years before you earn your Facebook investment back (and why it’s still worth it)

So my thumbsuck earnings guesstimate on Facebook turned out to be bang on target. It did make around $500 million in 2010 according to documents released by those Wall Street sharks at Goldman Sachs. What I was completely wrong about was its net m...