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Thinking Out Loud: How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas by Clive Thompson | Wired.com

Thinking Out Loud: How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas by Clive Thompson | Wired.com | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it

Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter | Wired Opinion | Wired.com This article is adapted and excerpted from WIRED contributing editor Clive Thompson’s new book, Smarter Than You Think.

 

"We write the equivalent of 520 million books every day on social media and email. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public."

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Insightful piece connecting the ideas of what literacy means in the digital era, openly sharing half-baked ideas, the hive mind and why Ethan Zuckerman, head of MIT’s Center for Civic Media, calls Ushahidi “one of the most globally significant technology projects".

 

Hat tip to Howard Rheingold and his recent adventures in social media literacies and learning in public: http://socialmedialiteracies.com/

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Douglas Rushkoff: Present Shock. When Everything Happens Now

"Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist and the bestselling author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. His earlier books include Life Inc, Program or Be Programmed, and Media Virus. He made the PBS Frontline documentaries The Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation, and speaks around the world about media, technology, and change".

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In this 15 minute talk, media theorist, Douglas Rushkoff, explains his latest book 'Present Shock', connecting the ancient Greek concepts of chronos and kairos, digital notifications on our mobile devices, stock market derivatives, and the Real Housewives of Orange County.

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What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
Technology has a lot to answer for: killing old businesses, destroying the middle class, Buzzfeed. Technology in the form of the internet is especially villainous, having been accused of everything from making us dumber (paywall) to aiding dictatorships. But Michael Harris, riffing on the observations of Melvin Kranzberg, argues that "technology is neither good nor evil. The most...
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Get ready for Generation Z

Get ready for Generation Z | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
They’re smarter than Boomers, and way more ambitious than the Millennials. Brace yourselves for the ultimate generational divide.
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"Teen innovators have always been with us (Braille, hip hop and earmuffs were all products of adolescent minds), but global social media combined with crowdsourcing, open-platform education and sharing have given this generation’s inventors unprecedented influence. In 2012, 17-year-old student Angela Zhang revealed a protocol that allowed doctors to better detect cancerous tumors on MRI scans; that year, 15-year-old Jack Andraka made headlines with his inexpensive, accurate sensor, able to detect pancreatic cancer.

 

Their defining characteristic, so far, is that they’re a new species—“screenagers,” the first tribe of “digital natives.” That’s the much-debated term that distinguishes the wired-from-the-crib from “digital immigrants,” for whom the Internet is a second language.

 

The result could well be the most profound generation gap ever: a digital divide between parents who see the Internet as disrupting society as we know it (and making them feel obsolete) and their kids, who are not only at home with the technology—“it’s like air to them,” Tapscott says—but are already driving many of the shifts happening in how we communicate, the way we access information and the culture we consume".

 

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The blockbuster era must die: How the Internet can save us from the cultural crisis it caused

The blockbuster era must die: How the Internet can save us from the cultural crisis it caused | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
In the age of the Internet, only cultural juggernauts are guaranteed survival. But does it have to be that way?
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"Democratizing culture means choosing, as a society, to invest in work that is not obviously popular or marketable or easy to understand. It means supporting diverse populations to devote themselves to critical, creative work and then elevating their efforts so they can compete on a platform that is anything but equal … If equity is something we value, we have to build it into the system, developing structures that encourage fairness, serendipity, deliberation, and diversity through a process of trial and error.”

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Participant Index Seeks to Determine Why One Film Spurs Activism, While Others Falter

Participant Index Seeks to Determine Why One Film Spurs Activism, While Others Falter | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
A film company, two foundations and a university want to know what motivates people to support an issue on social media after they see issue-oriented movies, TV shows or online video.
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"Participant, created in 2004 by the eBay co-founder Jeffrey S. Skoll, is using that methodology to build a proprietary database. It will feature three echelons with 35 projects each, or about 100 distinct bits of media, annually".

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The Promise of a New Internet

The Promise of a New Internet | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
It's not too late to rebuild this thing for the people. 
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"People tend to talk about the Internet the way they talk about democracy—optimistically, and in terms that describe how it ought to be rather than how it actually is. 

 

This idealism is what buoys much of the network neutrality debate, and yet many of what are considered to be the core issues at stake—like payment for tiered access, for instance—have already been decided. For years, Internet advocates have been asking what regulatory measures might help save the open, innovation-friendly Internet".

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In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality

In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
The FCC's proposal included rules that would permit Internet providers to prioritize certain websites, and make deals with some services for a faster and better path to subscribers.
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John Oliver lambasts western media for ignoring Indian elections - The Times of India

John Oliver lambasts western media for ignoring Indian elections - The Times of India | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
British comedian John Oliver mocks the Indian elections, the US media for not paying enough attention to it and the Indian media for turning to Fox model of news.
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Over 800 million eligible voters - the largest exercise of democracy in human history - and the American media is completely silent on India, except for the story on a leopard.

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How Netflix is turning viewers into puppets

How Netflix is turning viewers into puppets | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
"House of Cards" gives viewers exactly what Big Data says we want. This won't end well
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Watch And Share: Years of Living Dangerously » Rainforest Action Network Blog

Watch And Share: Years of Living Dangerously » Rainforest Action Network Blog | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it

"Have you seen the press around Years of Living Dangerously yet? We’re amazed by what’s happening over at Showtime right now and we think you will be too. Not since Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth has this much time, talent and money been put into bringing the dramatic reality of climate change into the mainstream."

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Can Museums and Other Institutions Keep up With Digital Culture?

Can Museums and Other Institutions Keep up With Digital Culture? | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
Get with it, or get left behind in the digital dust
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Today’s digital technologies pose a particular challenge to museums. Like traditional opera companies and symphonies, museums see themselves primarily as stewards bound to conserve the past rather than to explore the future. But change is constant, and because technology continually captures and reinvigorates cultural identity, problems arise when the institutional culture veers too widely from the technological moment. That issue is particularly prominent in America today, with an increasingly diverse population and a 21st century technology that is both individual and participatory.

 

Why would today’s audiences—plugged-in to their own digital worlds—venture out to a brick-and-mortar museum?

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The Rise of Anti-Capitalism | Jeremy Rifkin | NYTimes

The Rise of Anti-Capitalism | Jeremy Rifkin | NYTimes | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
As production costs plummet, the future lies with nonprofits.
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"What makes the social commons more relevant today is that we are constructing an Internet of Things infrastructure that optimizes collaboration, universal access and inclusion, all of which are critical to the creation of social capital and the ushering in of a sharing economy. The Internet of Things is a game-changing platform that enables an emerging collaborative commons to flourish alongside the capitalist market".

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I Hate Celebrity Culture | Jack Gleeson | Game of Thrones | Oxford Union

Jack Gleeson, best know for playing Joffery Bartheon in Game of Thrones speaks at the Oxford Union.

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Every Problem in the World is a Result of the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Every Problem in the World is a Result of the Stories We Tell Ourselves | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
Change the story, and you change everything.
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"The way we have been framing climate change, species extinction, deforestation, inequality, crime, poverty, and war isn't getting to the root of the problem. So what is it? At the heart of it I believe is the idea that human society is somehow separate from the natural world. If the world is an “other” that is not “me,” then what I do to the world does not affect me. Today, this story is being exposed as the root of these problems. And unless we change the way we think - all our solutions will remain limited in ways that make real change impossible".

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The Internet as an Evolutionary Impulse - Thomas Hübl - CLF 2014

In German with simultaneous translation into English ----- We begin as humanity to focus us by technology on relationship. The mass consciousness begins to deal with the relatedness, no longer with the particles. Being intensive increases the level of awareness. I do not look only through my own eyes - the result is transpersonal recognition.
Celebrate Life Festival 2014 - recorded on July 26, 2014 during "Mystical principles and spiritual competence - Module 1".

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If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say

"You're just not what I picture when I think of a white person." Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/TZLLMp Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18...
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Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection | ... My heart’s in Accra | Ethan Zuckerman

Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection | ... My heart’s in Accra | Ethan Zuckerman | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
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"We live in an age of connection, one that is accelerated by the Internet. This increasingly ubiquitous, immensely powerful technology often leads us to assume that as the number of people online grows, it inevitably leads to a smaller, more cosmopolitan world. We’ll understand more, we think. We’ll know more. We’ll engage more and share more with people from other cultures. In reality, it is easier to ship bottles of water from Fiji to Atlanta than it is to get news from Tokyo to New York.

 

In Rewire, media scholar and activist Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not inevitably lead to increased human connection. At the most basic level, our human tendency to “flock together” means that most of our interactions, online or off, are with a small set of people with whom we have much in common. In examining this fundamental tendency, Zuckerman draws on his own work as well as the latest research in psychology and sociology to consider technology’s role in disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the world.

 

For those who seek a wider picture—a picture now critical for survival in an age of global economic crises and pandemics—Zuckerman highlights the challenges, and the headway already made, in truly connecting people across cultures. From voracious xenophiles eager to explore other countries to bridge figures who are able to connect one culture to another, people are at the center of his vision for a true kind of cosmopolitanism. And it is people who will shape a new approach to existing technologies, and perhaps invent some new ones, that embrace translation, cross-cultural inspiration, and the search for new, serendipitous experiences".

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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how Republicans blew it on climate change

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how Republicans blew it on climate change | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
The host of Cosmos dishes on our warming planet, why science is "trending" in our culture, and the meaning of a groundbreaking science TV experiment.
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"Overall, Tyson notes, Cosmos premiered not only on Fox but on National Geographic Channel and, globally, in 181 countries and 46 languages. "It tells you that science is trending in our culture," Tyson averred to me. "And if science is trending, that can only be good for the health, the wealth, and the security of our species, of our civilization."

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality - YouTube

Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they're doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren't covering it...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Debunks Anti-Science Fox News Claim In 2 Minutes | Media Matters

Neil deGrasse Tyson Debunks Anti-Science Fox News Claim In 2 Minutes | Media Matters | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it

Fox News figures often suggest that historical shifts in the global climate somehow disprove the notion that human-driven climate change is threatening our way of life. However, the past transformations of the global climate -- and the mass extinctions that accompanied them -- actually give good reason to worry.

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"It is a logical fallacy to argue that because climate change has occurred naturally in the past, it cannot change unnaturally now. Skeptical Science analogized it to arguing that because people have died of natural causes, they cannot be murdered".

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A Eulogy for Twitter | The Atlantic

A Eulogy for Twitter | The Atlantic | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight.
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"People are still using Twitter, but they’re not hanging out there".

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Years Of Living Dangerously

Years Of Living Dangerously | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of Hollywood’s top movie makers, including James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, with 60 Minutes® Joel Bach and David Gelber’s reporting expertise to reveal critical stories of heartbreak, hope and heroism, for the Showtime series about climate change.
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"We're going in the wrong direction and I think the only way to counter that is to bring the story home in really concrete ways to people, vivid ways that kids can understand, non-scientists can understand" ~ Thomas Friedman

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Winning the Story Wars: Jonah Sachs at TEDxRainier

"An internationally recognized storyteller, author, designer and entrepreneur, Jonah Sachs is the co-founder and creative director of Free Range Media. Jonah's passion lies in exploring the crossroads of ancient storytelling techniques, social responsibility and emerging technologies. He has helped hundreds of social brands and causes break through the media din with campaigns built on sound storytelling strategies. He shows how value-driven stories represent humanity's greatest hope for the future".

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Edward Snowden makes surprise visit at TED Vancouver as a robot (VIDEO) VancityBuzz

Edward Snowden makes surprise visit at TED Vancouver as a robot (VIDEO) VancityBuzz | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden makes surprise visit at TED Vancouver as a robot (VIDEO)
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"This is not a left/right issue. Our basic freedoms — and by “our,” I don’t just mean Americans, but people around world — are not a partisan issue. These are things all people believe and it’s up to all of us to protect it. For people who’ve seen the open internet, it’s up to us to preserve that for the next generation to enjoy. If we don’t change things, if we don’t stand up to make the changes we need to do to make the Internet safe for us and everyone, we’ll lose that. That would be a tremendous loss for us and for the world".

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HuffPost Live | TED: The End Of Privacy?

HuffPost Live is a live-streaming network that attempts to create the most social video experience possible. Viewers are invited to join discussions live as on-air guests. Topics range from politics to pop culture.
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"From social media to government surveillance, American life has become less private. But how much information should be public? In collaboration with NPR's TED Radio Hour, we discuss whether privacy is worth fighting for and what the future may hold".

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The Internet’s Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist’s Struggle for Online Freedom

The Internet’s Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist’s Struggle for Online Freedom | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
One year ago this month, the young Internet freedom activist and groundbreaking programmer Aaron Swartz took his own life.
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Amy Goodman's thorough recap at yesterday's world premier at Sundance of "The Internet's Own Boy: the story of Aaron Swartz". There was also a standing ovation for his father, brothers and film maker. An incredibly important film everyone should see.  Larry Lesig also organized a protest in New Hampshire in honor of Aaron Swartz. 
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