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With smartphone technology now a ubiquitous part of modern life, it can be easy to forget that everyone is carrying a camera and a microphone.   And as our reliance on smartphones has grown, it has become even easier to forget when it might be operating, and who might be listening.   It is a phenomenon that can catch out even the savviest media professionals and politicians with their droves of media advisors; despite all their experience and knowledge, sometimes they are still exposed by what is known in the industry as a ‘hot mic’.   What is a hot mic?   Hot mic moments occur when a device captures statements, often offensive or insensitive, which are not intended to be recorded or broadcast.    Add in a camera and there is no hiding; a minor slip-up or

We’ve all marvelled at the harmonious sounds of a symphony in full flight. It’s a joy to behold and an exercise in true teamwork. If you took each of the highly talented musicians from the orchestra into a room and asked them to play something, I’m betting the end result would still sound pretty good. But if you then placed them back together and got them to each play their favourite individual songs, what you’d have wouldn’t be a symphony… it would be a cacophony. The results would be disastrous. It’s worth thinking about social media the same way. In the same way that