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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Is Google Making Us Stupid? | New media environment | Scoop.it

I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.

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They see me, therefore I am. Selfies and the media ecosystem of lazy authorship

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...
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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).

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The internet is a politically and culturally loaded tool, particularly when it comes to censorship

The internet is a politically and culturally loaded tool, particularly when it comes to censorship | New media environment | Scoop.it
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.
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Emerging trends in social media

Emerging trends in social media | New media environment | Scoop.it

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.

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Facebook Reveals Huge Psychology Experiment on Users

Facebook Reveals Huge Psychology Experiment on Users | New media environment | Scoop.it
The company once manipulated nearly 700,000 users' News Feed to test the effects of emotional content.
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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | New media environment | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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The Internet of Things: Monopoly Capitalism vs. Collaborative Commons

The Internet of Things: Monopoly Capitalism vs. Collaborative Commons | New media environment | Scoop.it
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....
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10. The rapid spread of misinformation online. Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014

10. The rapid spread of misinformation online. Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014 | New media environment | Scoop.it

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.

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Hawking Concerned Advanced AI Could Spell The End Of Mankind | Science and Technology

Hawking Concerned Advanced AI Could Spell The End Of Mankind | Science and Technology | New media environment | Scoop.it
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...
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Facebook Keeps Getting More Addictive. Here’s How.

Facebook Keeps Getting More Addictive. Here’s How. | New media environment | Scoop.it
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.

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Are Court Stenographers Necessary? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Are Court Stenographers Necessary? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | New media environment | Scoop.it
After a New York court reporter left behind an incomplete record, some are asking whether it still makes sense to use stenographers in legal proceedings.
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Is Happiness Contagious Online? A Case of Twitter and the 2010 Wint...

Gruzd, A., Doiron, S., Mai, P. (2011). Is Happiness Contagious Online? A Case of Twitter and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii Intern...
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Police Turn to Social Media to Fight Crime, Dispel Rumors

Police Turn to Social Media to Fight Crime, Dispel Rumors | New media environment | Scoop.it
Whether its fighting crime or squashing rumors, police departments around the country and relying more heavily on social media than ever before. 

Facebook is the most popular platform for police departments, with more than 92% of socially active departments using Facebook. Twitter is next in line with almost 65%, and almost 43% are on YouTube. While it's not as widely adopted as the more traditional social platforms, Nextdoor is another network growing in popularity among police departments.

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Ezra Klein Is Joining Vox Media as Web Journalism Asserts Itself

Ezra Klein Is Joining Vox Media as Web Journalism Asserts Itself | New media environment | Scoop.it

Mr. Klein’s departure from The Washington Post to Vox Media is just one more example of how digital publishing offers its own thing, not an additional platform for established news companies. Vox is a digitally native business, a technology company that produces media, as opposed to a media company that uses technology.

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Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases

Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases | New media environment | Scoop.it
Emotionally abusive comments are becoming more common online, and the consequences could include scaring away from the web those subject to attacks.
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Marc Andreessen's 8 business models for journalism (with tweet) · xdamman

Interesting thoughts from Marc Andreessen (Cofounder of Netscape, now VC at a16z) on 8 possible business models for journalism.

Best news about news business is gigantic expansion of addressable market -- rise of developing world + Internet.

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The Military Doesn't Want You to Quit Facebook and Twitter

The Military Doesn't Want You to Quit Facebook and Twitter | New media environment | Scoop.it
The Defense Department is already using social media to track your mood.
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Facebook's science experiment on users shows the company is even more powerful and unethical than we thought

Facebook's science experiment on users shows the company is even more powerful and unethical than we thought | New media environment | Scoop.it
If you were still unsure how much contempt Facebook has for its users, this will make everything hideously clear. In a report published at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)...
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A Ukrainian factchecking site is trying to spot fake photos in social media — and building audience

A Ukrainian factchecking site is trying to spot fake photos in social media — and building audience | New media environment | Scoop.it
Barely 90 days after launch, StopFake is reaching 1.5 million unique visitors a month and bringing social media verification to a conflict being fought both on land and online.
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McLuhan Misunderstood: Setting the Record Straight by Robert K. Logan

McLuhan Misunderstood: Setting the Record Straight by Robert K. Logan | New media environment | Scoop.it
My good friend, colleague and former professor Bob Logan has given me permission to publish his lecture McLuhan Misunderstood (version March 2, 2011) in its entirety here. As a colleague of Marshal...
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Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It

Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It | New media environment | Scoop.it
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.

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A Key Player in a Scandal, V. Stiviano Feeds the Media’s Appetite

A Key Player in a Scandal, V. Stiviano Feeds the Media’s Appetite | New media environment | Scoop.it

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.

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Journalism Schools Should Educate Non-Journalists and ‘Almost-Journalists’ Too | Mediashift | PBS

Journalism Schools Should Educate Non-Journalists and ‘Almost-Journalists’ Too | Mediashift | PBS | New media environment | Scoop.it

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

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Crowdfunding critical thought: How alternative finance builds alternative journalism by BrettScott

Crowdfunding critical thought: How alternative finance builds alternative journalism by BrettScott | New media environment | Scoop.it
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 …
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Study: Facebook spreads mood virally

Study: Facebook spreads mood virally | New media environment | Scoop.it
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THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2014 [SLIDE DECK] | New media environment | Scoop.it
A huge array of devices will soon be connected to the Internet.
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