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Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers; don’t build a paywall around a public good

Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers; don’t build a paywall around a public good | New media environment | Scoop.it

Sept. 23, 2009, 2:13 p.m. By Joshua Benton
NYU professor and Internet thinker Clay Shirky gave a talk Tuesday at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, our friends just on the other side of Harvard Square. His subject was the future of accountability journalism in a world of declining newspapers. Even for those of us familiar with his ideas, he brought in a few new wrinkles, which have already been the subject of commentary around the web.
But I think Clay’s ideas are worth hearing in toto, so using audio from the Shorenstein Center, we’ve made a transcript of his entire talk. If you’d like, while you’re reading, you can listen to the audio in the player below, or download the MP3. I’ve included timestamps in the transcript so you can jump to particular spots if you’d like.

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Search Here And See If Your Job Is Going To Die

Search Here And See If Your Job Is Going To Die | New media environment | Scoop.it
Nearly half of all U.S. jobs may be at risk in the coming decades.
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How Email Newsletters Became a Preferred Source of News for Millennials

How Email Newsletters Became a Preferred Source of News for Millennials | New media environment | Scoop.it

Readers have started to gravitate more towards the individual curator compared to primary publications. 66% of journalists indicate that readers started to follow them first as journalists or as a person. In short, traditional news outlets are no longer the primary source for news-seekers, especially if they are born in the 80’s or after. And why is that? First, there is the issue of fake news. Social media companies have yet to find ways to prevent the spread of fake news on their platforms. Second, low-quality content with click-baity headlines seems to overtake many users’ news feeds these days. This is where personal newsletters come in.

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Create-Your-Own-Fake-News Sites Are Booming On Facebook And Victims Feel Powerless To Stop Them

Create-Your-Own-Fake-News Sites Are Booming On Facebook And Victims Feel Powerless To Stop Them | New media environment | Scoop.it
At least 30 websites invite people to make up a fake news story and share it on Facebook. Over the past 12 months the articles have generated more than 13 million engagements on the social network.
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Filterbubblan is a Swedish effort to give a side-by-side, real-time glance at the country’s filter bubbles

Filterbubblan is a Swedish effort to give a side-by-side, real-time glance at the country’s filter bubbles | New media environment | Scoop.it
"Very quickly, you learn the worldviews in all these bubbles are very different."
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'The missing sense': why our technology addiction makes us crave smells

'The missing sense': why our technology addiction makes us crave smells | New media environment | Scoop.it
Our online worlds are full of colors, words and sounds but lack something major – scents. Could that ever change?
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How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet

How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet | New media environment | Scoop.it
They’re turning the web into a cesspool of aggression and violence. What watching them is doing to the rest of us may be even worse
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Does the internet bring nationalism back?

Does the internet bring nationalism back? | New media environment | Scoop.it
  When media shift from broadcasting to engagement, other countries may have their own Trump and Brexit waiting ahead. Douglas Rushkoff published a great article The New Nationalism Of Brexit And Trump Is A Product Of The Digital Age. “TV may have been about global unity, but the Internet inspires the opposite,” states he. Indeed,…
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The digital media age is all about the past: “The Internet is not an extension of television”

The digital media age is all about the past: “The Internet is not an extension of television” | New media environment | Scoop.it
We’re in a major media transition, and now we’re seeing what that is. No, the Internet is not an extension of television — it doesn’t unite the world in one big, great network the way we kinda thought it would. That’s because we’re TV kids, looking at the Internet. It’s something else.

I’m not saying the Internet is bad, I’m saying it’s biased toward memory and individuation.
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Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot

Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot | New media environment | Scoop.it

Students mostly couldn’t tell ‘Jill Watson’ wasn’t human; ‘Yep!’

Shreyas Vidyarthi, another student, ascribed human attributes to the TA—imagining her as a friendly Caucasian 20-something on her way to a Ph.D.

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Ontario woman follows car's GPS directions into Lake Huron, swims to shore

Ontario woman follows car's GPS directions into Lake Huron, swims to shore | New media environment | Scoop.it
The 23-year-old woman from Kitchener, Ont., was following a route on her car's GPS while driving in the dark on Thursday night in Tobermory, Ont., according to provincial police. As a result, Rubinstein-Gilbert said the woman made a wrong turn with dramatic consequences. Rubinstein-Gilbert said
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Thune Seeks Answers from Facebook on Political Manipulation Allegations

Thune Seeks Answers from Facebook on Political Manipulation Allegations | New media environment | Scoop.it
U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today asked Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions following reports that company employees actively suppressed news stories on topics of interest to politically conservative users of the social media platform.

“Facebook must answer these serious allegations and hold those responsible to account if there has been political bias in the dissemination of trending news,” said Thune on sending the letter. “Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet.”
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Facebook Launches Trending Topics On Web With Descriptions Of Why Each Is Popular

Facebook Launches Trending Topics On Web With Descriptions Of Why Each Is Popular | New media environment | Scoop.it
Facebook Trending aggregates the headlines of the day, while Twitter Trending Topics check the pulse of the moment. Both have their uses.
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Facebook Quietly Live-Streamed Its First Professional Sports Broadcast Over The Weekend

Facebook Quietly Live-Streamed Its First Professional Sports Broadcast Over The Weekend | New media environment | Scoop.it

It was everything you’d expect to see on TV, except this time it was on Facebook.

The broadcast was Facebook’s first live stream of a professional sports event. It reached an audience of 273,249 unique viewers in the first half, according to Facebook.

“If you can broadcast sports live on Facebook and reach a significant audience that’s bigger than most sporting events on TV, you can expect more people to migrate to this distribution tool,” Stein said. “Most sporting events are buried within a thousand different channels on cable. With Facebook Live, you’re able to open up an app and see live sports on your phone, delivered right to you.”

The league, which doesn’t have a TV partner, also broadcasted the game to YouTube. But the game reached far fewer viewers there: a bit over 76,000, according to YouTube.

...Facebook is running an experiment where it’s paying athletes, celebrities, and media companies to stream live.

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One graph shows how morally outraged tweets stay within their political bubble

One graph shows how morally outraged tweets stay within their political bubble | New media environment | Scoop.it
Thousands of people around the world have excitedly made a forceful political point with a well-honed and witty tweet. All it takes is 140 characters to make a pithy argument, and man it feels good to get a few retweets. But, regardless of how persuasive or amusing your tweets are, chances are they’re unlikel
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People consumed more media than ever last year — but growth is slowing

People consumed more media than ever last year — but growth is slowing | New media environment | Scoop.it

Globally, individuals on average spent 456.1 minutes each day consuming media last year; in 2017, it’s expected to decline slightly to 455.8 minutes. Mobile internet consumption increased at an average rate of 44 percent a year between 2010 and 2016 and accounted for 19 percent of all global media consumption last year. People still spend more time with television than with the internet — but that’s changing fast.

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New Pittsburg, Kan., High School principal resigns after student journalists question her credentials

New Pittsburg, Kan., High School principal resigns after student journalists question her credentials | New media environment | Scoop.it
Pittsburg High School students published a story in the school newspaper Friday questioning the legitimacy of the private college — Corllins University — where Amy Robertson, then newly hired principal, said she got her master’s and doctorate degrees years ago. Pittsburg schools officials have said they stand by their hire, but will hold a special meeting to discuss the decision and the students’ questions.
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The Rise of the Image: Every NY Times Front Page Since 1852 in Under a Minute

The Rise of the Image: Every NY Times Front Page Since 1852 in Under a Minute | New media environment | Scoop.it
The New York Times published its first issue on September 18, 1851, but the first photos wouldn't appear on the cover until the early 1900s over 60 years later. This visual timeline by self-described data artist Josh Begley captures the storied newspaper's approach to layout and photography by incor
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From the text to multimedia in the pre-internet era.
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Handwriting Just Doesn’t Matter

Handwriting Just Doesn’t Matter | New media environment | Scoop.it
Cursive is a useless practice, and someday all printing may be, too.
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An amazing, well-reasoned, and wrong article on writing vs.typing. (Another thing about cursive has been missed: it teaches children space organising.)
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The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority — Medium

The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority — Medium | New media environment | Scoop.it
The main idea behind complex systems is that the ensemble behaves in way not predicted by the components. The interactions matter more than the nature of the units. Studying individual ants will never (one can safely say never for most such situations), never give us an idea on how the ant colony operates.
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New Media Guru Clay Shirky Drops 'Stop Trump' Tweetstorm On White Liberals

New Media Guru Clay Shirky Drops 'Stop Trump' Tweetstorm On White Liberals | New media environment | Scoop.it
New media writer Clay Shirky took to Twitter Friday afternoon to dismiss white liberals' response to Donald Trump as ineffective and self-indulgent – and to rally them to defeat Trump.
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The Future of Sexual Sensing: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Neurostimulation | Future of Sex

The Future of Sexual Sensing: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Neurostimulation | Future of Sex | New media environment | Scoop.it
Part one of our three-part tour into future sex developments is this speculation on sensory tech: how our seeing—and feeling—will be more than believing.
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How many photos have ever been taken? | 1000memories

How many photos have ever been taken? | 1000memories | New media environment | Scoop.it
Photos taken by year, film and digital

In the midst of the 3.5 trillion photos that have ever been taken it's easy to forget that the shoebox or album of old photos we have at home is incredibly fragile and special. Every 2 minutes today we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s. In fact, ten percent of all the photos we have were taken in the past 12 months. And yet, there are still more physical photos hidden in our shoeboxes, hanging on our walls or lost in an album than there are digital photos littering our hard drive. These precious photos of the past 200 years tell us who we are and where we come from. So grab hold of that photo of you as a kid or of your grandparents' wedding and realize just how special it is.
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GPS directs driver to death in Spain's largest reservoir

GPS directs driver to death in Spain's largest reservoir | New media environment | Scoop.it
Satnav sends man down road that ends in La Serena, the biggest reservoir in the country
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Facebook Employees Asked Mark Zuckerberg If They Should Try to Stop a Donald Trump Presidency 

Facebook Employees Asked Mark Zuckerberg If They Should Try to Stop a Donald Trump Presidency  | New media environment | Scoop.it
A question from the March 4 poll was: “What responsibility does Facebook have to help prevent President Trump in 2017?”
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Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News | New media environment | Scoop.it

Former curators cited the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris as two instances in which non-trending stories were forced into the module. Facebook has struggled to compete with Twitter when it comes to delivering real-time news to users; the injection tool may have been designed to artificially correct for that deficiency in the network. “We would get yelled at if it was all over Twitter and not on Facebook,” one former curator said. In other instances, curators would inject a story—even if it wasn’t being widely discussed on Facebook—because it was deemed important for making the network look like a place where people talked about hard news. “People stopped caring about Syria,” one former curator said. “[And] if it wasn’t trending on Facebook, it would make Facebook look bad.” That same curator said the Black Lives Matter movement was also injected into Facebook’s trending news module. “Facebook got a lot of pressure about not having a trending topic for Black Lives Matter,” the individual said. “They realized it was a problem, and they boosted it in the ordering. They gave it preference over other topics. When we injected it, everyone started saying, ‘Yeah, now I’m seeing it as number one’.” This particular injection is especially noteworthy because the #BlackLivesMatter movement originated on Facebook, and the ensuing media coverage of the movement often noted its powerful social media presence. When stories about Facebook itself would trend organically on the network, news curators used less discretion—they were told not to include these stories at all. “When it was a story about the company, we were told not to touch it,” said one former curator. “It had to be cleared through several channels, even if it was being shared quite a bit. We were told that we should not be putting it on the trending tool.” Facebook’s efforts to play the news game reveal the company to be much like the news outlets it is rapidly driving toward irrelevancy: a select group of professionals with vaguely center-left sensibilities. “It wasn’t trending news at all,” said the former curator who logged conservative news omissions. “It was an opinion.”

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