The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.
Some of the largest smartphone success stories have started out as app-only, which further proves that this is the new way of interacting for young people. For many years, Instagram only had an iOS application and no Web counterpart. WhatsApp still doesn’t have a Web client, or a desktop app, instead choosing to stick to smartphones.
If you wanted to see clearly into how all the various components of the modern media ecosystem interact, you could not come up with a better real-time experiment than the Donald Sterling story.
...Ms. Stiviano, 31, is the woman whose voice appears on the mysteriously leaked tape on which Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is heard making racist comments. And she is the one who, after posing for hundreds of smiling cheesecake photos in the past, has grabbed a page out of the Daft Punk playbook and obscured her face with a shield. Well played, V. Stiviano.... The reveal, enabled by a leaked tape — Ms. Stiviano’s lawyer said it was a third party — became a tutorial in the distributed effects of the web, where a single artifact set off a firestorm that overwhelmed any of the traditional attempts at containment. Ms. Stiviano, rolling happily along in its wake, a hive of paparazzi in tow, is a perfect totem of our age.
The practice side of journalism education has traditionally had one major goal: to feed new journalists into the news business. The other, broader mission has been to help students become superb critical thinkers and communicators -- skills that have wide application in any number of fields.By Dan Gillmor
Investigative journalism is very definitely still a part of our media landscape, but its role over the years has been eroded. News outlets, under financial pressure, have been driven towards shorter and frequently shallower stories with limited shelf-lives. The days of the muckraking journalist spending months researching a story seems …
The Greek soccer player Samaras was in the penalty area, preparing for a corner kick, when he saw himself on camera. He took a look at the stadium screen and involuntarily began to rearrange his tu...
Andrey Miroshnichenko's insight:
Lazy authorship is about mouse activity, plus weak keyboard activity limited to interjections. Lazy authorship is always reactive – it can only react to hard content that already exists. Whereas hard authors create some original hard content (including videos and graphics) in an effort to express some original ideas. Hard authorship can be both proactive (raising an issue) and reactive (comments).
Censorship is always bad, right? Not to many people around our connected globe, and there is sometimes validity to their views. Unfortunately the tension between those views places a profound and perhaps dangerous dilemma at the heart of the internet.
Chris Peterson of MIT’s Undergraduate Admissions Office discussed three major trends in social media with the MIT Social Media Working Group.
At a recent meeting of MIT’s Social Media Working Group, Peterson discussed three major trends in social media: the liquid self and ephemeral media; algorithmic anxiety; and the redistribution of risks and rewards.
The struggle between investor capitalists and prosumer collaboratists over control of the Internet of Things, while still embryonic, is shaping up to be the critical economic battle of the first half of the twenty-first century....
Blaming Twitter for misinformation is easy, but ignores the social and political context. How can we understand such large volumes of data that move so quickly?
It’s also imperative to highlight the volume and rapid dissemination of online misinformation. When you are dealing with social media, you are dealing with big data. It’s simply not possible to read the 1 billion tweets produced every two-and-a-half days. In order to properly understand this data, we need to make use of computer-assisted processing and combine this with human evaluation to put information into context.
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online One of the greatest thinkers in the world believes that artificial intelligence could be “the worst thing to happen to humanity,” and that the scenario depicted in the recently-released Johnny...
We all know by now that Facebook isn’t cool. And yet somehow it's more popular than ever. On Wednesday the company announced that its growth continues to surge—not only in terms of the sheer number of Facebook users, but in terms of how much they use the site. On any...
Each time you log in, Facebook’s algorithms choose from about 1,500 possible posts to place at the top of your News Feed.