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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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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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The Grim Future of a World Without Net Neutrality | Gizmodo

The Grim Future of a World Without Net Neutrality | Gizmodo | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
A federal court dealt a deadly blow to net neutrality on Tuesday by striking down the FCC's open Internet rules and practically inviting broadband providers to offer preferential treatment to companies willing to pay for it.
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This is what a world without net neutrality could look like.

 

"It's impossible to predict the future but the consequences of a non-neutral internet have already started seeping out into reality. Comcast has already been trying to ensure that its streaming service doesn't have to play by its own bandwidth cap rules. Now imagine if it was also throttling Netflix bandwidth too. Or charging extra for that. Now imagine Time Warner is getting in on the fun—and then literally everyone else with access to the internet's pipes and skin in the game. It'd be a real mess".

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Netflix: The Red Menace | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Netflix: The Red Menace | Fast Company | Business + Innovation | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it

"Just when Hollywood thought it had Netflix figured out, that 'red enveloppe' company flipped the script, creating a playbook for any business that aspires to upend an industry. It's about to do it again".

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Eyes have been on Netflix for a while now. This piece in Fast Co goes into some of the elements of its success. Interestingly, the steps laid out here could apply to success for many entreprenuerial endeavours.

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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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▶ Killing Us Softly 4 - Trailer [Featuring Jean Kilbourne]

▶ Killing Us Softly 4 - Trailer [Featuring Jean Kilbourne] | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it

"In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity".

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"The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes -- images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. In the late 1960s she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. A radical and original idea at the time, this approach is now mainstream and an integral part of most prevention programs. Her films, lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and co-author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids".

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How Technology Killed the Future | Rushkoff | Politico

How Technology Killed the Future | Rushkoff | Politico | Media Shifting Culture | Scoop.it
The crises arrive from everywhere, and all at once. The responses do, too. New allegations about NSA eavesdropping, for instance, pop up on Twitter before the White House has had a chance to fully spin the last set.
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Some of Rushkoff's ever-insightful thoughts on technology, culture and politics.

 

"Welcome to the world of “present shock,” where everything is happening so fast that it may as well be simultaneous. One big now. The result for institutions—especially political ones—has been profound. This transformation has dramatically degraded the ability of political operatives to set long-term plans. Thrown off course, they’re now often left simply to react to the incoming barrage of events as they unfold. Gone, suddenly, is the quaint notion of “controlling the narrative”—the flood of information is often far too unruly. There’s no time for context, only for crisis management".

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▶ The Humanities in a Digital Age

"We now live in a pervasively digital world and Humanists have an opportunity to rethink our goals".

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