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The selfie syndrome: Why teens use social media for validation and how parents can counteract it - TODAY.com

The selfie syndrome: Why teens use social media for validation and how parents can counteract it - TODAY.com | Social Media In Traditional Media | Scoop.it
Young celebrities do it. So why are we surprised when a typical teen Instagram post goes something like this: Teen (girl or boy) posts a...
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Today takes a surprisingly moderate stance on the issue of teen validation via Social Media despite their mostly parental audience. This piece explains the importance of teaching teens to define themselves from a variety of sources rather than giving their entire identity over to Social Media. The article doesn't say that selfies or status updates are inherently evil, but rather that parents should remind their teens that negative feedback online doesn't mean they're a bad person, but positive feedback is encouraged. There are of course key safety points about avoiding cyber bullying as well.

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Social Media Stocks Are Vastly Overvalued - NYTimes.com

Social Media Stocks Are Vastly Overvalued - NYTimes.com | Social Media In Traditional Media | Scoop.it
A company's value equals its earnings over time adjusted for risk. By that method Facebook and others have little to show. By Reggie Middleton.
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In his NYT op-ed Reggie Middleton argues that stocks of social networks approaching or recently passing IPO (Facebook, Twitter, et al) are massively overvalued due to public opinion. He argues that the sites simply don't generate enough revenue to justify the massive valuations they're receiving in the current market bubble. His argument is valid, as the revenue streams of such sites are very narrow, which not only opens them up to considerable risk, but also means their value is questionable to begin with. Middleton's support of investments in crypto-currencies as an alternative invest is questionable though, as Bitcoin has seen massive fluctuations in value as of late and other crypto-currencies have completely folded in the last few months as scrutiny has increased.

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Social Media, a Trove of Clues and Confessions

Social Media, a Trove of Clues and Confessions | Social Media In Traditional Media | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and MySpace are creating new challenges for the legal system.
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An aspect of Social Media rarely addressed is its role as documentation and evidence of real-life activities. This New York Times piece does an excellent job of presenting situations wherein Social Media evidence both helped and hindered investigations and court proceedings. As the article points out judges, law enforcement officers and ethicists are all struggling to determine Social Media's place in the legal process and how much weight it should be given in such matters. The relative lack of sensationalism in this piece should help to advance that debate, though the Times does come out as somewhat sympathetic to SM as truthful evidence of behavior and personality.

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NBC Resurrects 'Heroes' For a 2015 Comeback With Big Digital Tie-In

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NBC is reviving "Heroes," Tim Kring's popular sci-fi TV drama about people with superhuman abilities, as a miniseries in 2015. It's called "Heroes Reborn."
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In an interesting turn of events, NBC has announced it will be reviving the late 2000's series "Heroes" for a 2015 series including deep digital tie-ins. The show was notable, as the article notes, for its deep integration of digital content and SMS interaction during it's initial run. Now that Social Media integration in television is commonplace, the return of Heroes may be more successful than the show's initial run.

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Trip Planning Using Social Media - WBFS

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Trip Planning Using Social Media
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Looking for a travel deal for the Spring or Summer? If so, you may want to check out Twitter and Facebook.
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Miami CBS affiliate WBFS' article on Trip Planning with Social Media shows the clear impact of one-to-one marketing via Social which is slowly becoming the norm. Travel seems like a perfect industry for this sort of personal interaction with a brand to strengthen customer loyalty, and this article shows that travelers seem to be fine with it. The writer points out that in exchange for a small decrease in privacy travelers receive the sort of concierge service they're used to only having in the hotel lobby from anywhere via Twitter and Facebook.

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What House of Cards Gets Right (and Wrong) About Political ...

The show portrays a culture in which bloggers have disrupted the traditional media relations dynamic. How true is this point? “I'd argue that in Washington D.C. it's more important to have relationships with bloggers than ...
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This Media Bistro articles includes an interview with a congressional communications director on the accuracy of House of Cards in portraying the role of these crucial staffers. Interestingly, one of the points which the show and the staffer agree on is the importance of bloggers in the modern political landscape. The interviewed ex-Bush Administration staffer says: "I’d argue that in Washington D.C. it’s more important to have relationships with bloggers than traditional media. The fact is they are starving for content, they’re looking for breaks and they’re able to get news up quickly. Also: if you have solid relationships, they will most likely help to push your agenda." The way House of Cards emphasizes those very points has made it a social media darling in the past few months. It will be interesting to see how this theme is represented in Season 3 after a media-heavy second season.

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Parks & Recreation: Tom's Car Accident

Parks & Recreation: Tom's Car Accident | Social Media In Traditional Media | Scoop.it
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As mentioned in an earlier Scoop, an entire episode of NBC's "Parks & Recreation" is devoted to Tom Haverford crashing his car while tweeting and being sentenced to a week without electronics. Here we see, in screen captures, the courtroom scene in which Tom is asked to read the tweets he sent about the accident. Though obviously exaggerated for satiric effect, this scene does continue in the negative portrayal of over-sharing and Social Media "addiction"

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Social media helps coworkers bond - MiamiHerald.com

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Social media helps coworkers bond
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Social networking has made it easier to form personal relationships with coworkers.
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In this article, we see one of the more interesting features of Social Media that doesn't get discussed all that often, it's use in forming real-world relationships. The example given here is coworkers discovering shared interests through Facebook and then going out to lunch together. One interviewee goes as far as stating that Social Media are slowly replacing off-site retreats as the most effective way of creating bonds within the workplace. While I think there is still value in tangible team-building experience, the ability of SM users to find affinities with their coworkers does make the process of integrating into a new workplace much easier, which is great for productivity and worker satisfaction.

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Social media key for Venezuelan protesters - USA TODAY

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Social media key for Venezuelan protesters
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CARACAS, Venezuela — As Venezuelans await word Wednesday on the fate of a popular protest leader accused of murder, many of his supporters will not get it from traditional news media.
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The American news media have been particularly interested in corruption within foreign news media during times of revolt and revolution. Venezuela is no different. "The government controls all of the media here" is something we've unfortunately grown accustomed to hearing. However, this article is unique in that it points out that both sides in Venezuela are disseminating false information as well as idealistic chanting on social media, making it even more difficult for citizens to discover the truth about what is going on in their country. Political scientists have pointed out that social media is not a cure to corruption in countries such as Venezuela, nor is it a magical sword for revolutionaries to use in cutting through party propaganda. In fact, they've concluded that Social Media may be most effective in communicating the different sides of the situation out to larger countries such as the US who can then frame the issue in a way to garner support for the side of their choosing. Thus, articles in USA Today may actually be important to protestors and corrupt governments than any number of tweets or Facebook posts.

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Will Jimmy Fallon Get the Last Laugh on Social Media? #Hashtag #TonightShow - Speakeasy - WSJ

Will Jimmy Fallon Get the Last Laugh on Social Media? #Hashtag #TonightShow - Speakeasy - WSJ | Social Media In Traditional Media | Scoop.it
It's @jimmyfallon vs. @jimmykimmel on social media. Who will get the last laugh? ("Comedy used to be about being a character.
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This Wall Street Journal column praises Jimmy Fallon for his adaptation to the new, more democratic and slightly brasher, sense of humor of the online public as his iteration of the Tonight Show debuted this week. The columnist gives a brief history of the rise of comedy on social media (Conan, The Lonely Island and Funny or Die get name-dropped) before praising Fallon for bringing the best attributes of these forms to his new late-night show. The ratings don't lie, and it seems columnists and critics alike are seeing the impact of Fallon's incorporation of social in his show as a major force in his jump in viewership over Leno. (It should be noted that other, less Social-friendly publications are attributing this ratings jump to the Olympics.)

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Tom's Morning Internet Routine

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"Parks & Recreation's" Tom Haverford is portrayed throughout the show's first four seasons as a social media obsessed failed entrepreneur who cannot make his professional or romantic life successful because he is too busy checking Twitter. In this episode he crashes his car due to tweeting (over-sharing) and is sentenced to a week without electronic devices. While the show is known for it's satirical elements, Tom's portrayal is particularly biting in that the development of his character only begins after he runs out of money and loses most of the respect of his peers.

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I'm going to single-handedly fix the Internet - The Newsroom 1x06

Will McAvoy, MacKenzie McHale, Neal Sampat, The Newsroom, The Newsroom 1x06, Season 1, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Dev Patel.
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In another "Newsroom" clip, fresh off of his victory in finding Khalel (the Egyptian citizen journalist) Neal Sampat is berated by anchor Will McAvoy for the comments he includes in News Night's viewer feedback segment. The clip culminates with Will railing against anonymity on the internet as a form of cowardice and pushes Neal to implement an intensive identity verification system for commentors. Though this episode aired before YouTube removed anonymous commenting it shows the very strong opinions which lead to the action. Anonymity and the questionable content it brings about is becoming a serious issue in online communities dependent upon debate (such as journalism). As Mackenzie McHale points out, neither Will's solution nor the existing anonymous model will be entirely effective. However, as in the real world, no moderate solution is found by the News Night staff.

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Study: Young People Love to Tweet From the Toilet - TIME

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Study: Young People Love to Tweet From the Toilet
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For older social media users, figuring out how to edit a Facebook comment or post the right photo to Instagram requires one's full attention.
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Meant to be humorous piece of potty humor. This article from Time perpetuates the persona placed on millennials that they are so obsessed with social media they must be on it everywhere, even in the bathroom. Similarly, the piece subtly jabs at networks such as Twitter for prompting over posting and pointless vanity.

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Are You Wasting Time with Social Media for Lead Generation?

Are You Wasting Time with Social Media for Lead Generation? | Social Media In Traditional Media | Scoop.it
Before you spend a lot of time hanging out on Twitter and Facebook writing new content, you need to ask yourself, 'Are my decision makers listening?'
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This Fox News Small Business article argues that Social Media is of questionable value to B2B companies aiming to reach high ranking executives, as (according to Fox) theses older business men simply aren't "hanging out on Twitter all day" like their 25-year-old assistants. This article, like so many others does play into the millennial stereotype and strengthens the notion that Social Media is primarily useful for reaching young people, despite statistics showing considerable growth among older users in the last year.

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With Social Media’s Rise, the Pulpit Isn’t Just the President’s Anymore

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The State of the Union address on Tuesday spawned a bipartisan embrace of photo- and video-sharing platforms, and a rush to create tweetable graphics and hashtags to amplify party messages.
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Few industries have embraced Social Media as thoroughly as politics, as this January article from The New York Times shows in looking back at Social's role in the State of the Union address. Politicians from both parties as well as analysts and networks used platforms including Twitter, Instagram and Vine to engage in and generate conversation around the President's address. Both parties also had pre-determined hashtags to use during the speech which were seen in tweets from Congresspeople, news personalities and the general public. This planned response indicates the amount of respect Social Media have garnered in Washington and the potential it has for continued disruption of traditional political communication practices.

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Effects of social media buzz push stars, network execs to pursue new audience ... - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Effects of social media buzz push stars, network execs to pursue new audience ...
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She snapped a picture and within 24 hours posted it to her Twitter feed. At 73, Ms.
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette once again has some interesting things to say on the interplay between Social and Traditional Media. In this article they interview the stars of a few network television dramas on their use of Twitter (at the request of their network execs) to encourage viewer interaction. Networks are now using stars to live tweet airings of their shows in order to encourage live viewing rather than just DVRing. Shows which get specific shout-outs for their actors' use of Social (and especially Twitter) include Dallas, Scandal and Saturday Night Live. This practice only seems to be expanding, and I expect there will be more live pre- and post-show tweeting in the 2014-15 broadcast season as execs jump on to this trend in viewer acquisition and interaction.

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Social Media Is Making You Stupid - TIME

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Social Media Is Making You Stupid
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This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at Inc.com.
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Link-baiting is not a practice reserved for trendy online sources like HuffPo, here the long-standing periodical TIME uses a 'shocking' headline to pull us into an article about a study with some fairly inconclusive findings. The study tested small groups' ability to solve brainteaser questions after being incorporated into tight or lose social networks. The conclusion, that connectivity lowers our ability to independently analyze problems (and follow the group-think) isn't revolutionary. Nor does it prove anything about social networks. It simply shows that, given the opportunity, humans will copy others to alleviate the workload placed on themselves.

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Stop freaking out, parents: Social media isn't the problem - Salon

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Stop freaking out, parents: Social media isn't the problem
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Nobody was thinking harder or more presciently about the implications of social media back then than Boyd.
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In an interview promoting her upcoming book with Salon Magazine Danah Boyd points out repeatedly that parents should not be so worried about teens near incessant use of Social Media. She argues that teens use Social as a new venue for "hanging out' in the way that prior generations used malls and coffee houses. These virtual spaces are lower cost and more convenient and so, to Boyd, it makes sense that teens would adopt them as the home of their social lives.

This is an excellent point that does not get enough attention. Teens and SM users in general often use SNS for relationship maintenance when physical meet-ups are cost or location prohibitive. With such a respected name in media studies writing on this subject, perhaps it will get the attention it is due. 

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Missing girl draws attention to social media enticement - KETV Omaha

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KETV Omaha
Missing girl draws attention to social media enticement
KETV Omaha
“Social media is a huge problem,” said Collin Robertson, a former bounty hunter and volunteer at the Center for Search and Investigations Nebraska.
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This piece from Omaha, Nebraska ABC affiliate KETV tells of a young woman who went missing for a month after meeting up with a stranger she initially encountered on Facebook. The article includes quotes from her parents saying they forbade her from using the site and kept the family's computer in the kitchen where they could watch her usage habits at all times. It also includes a quote from a former bounty hunter who says "Social media is a huge problem, It’s starting to become more and more of an epidemic..."


These sorts of articles do very little to explain the precautions networks such as Facebook take to prevent these encounters, as well as the education programs available to promote safe use. Instead, they foster an environment of paranoia surrounding Social Media which may well prove to be detrimental to young people in the future as they begin to integrate into a Social focused society.

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Assessing social media fame game - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Assessing social media fame game
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
In "Generation Like" (10 tonight, WQED-TV), Mr.
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The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has released a really interesting piece showing varying perspectives on the recent frontline documentary "Generation Like". In the film, the director attempts to "show the framework" of Social Media in hopes that young users will be more aware of how networks use them as the bearers of burden in elaborate marketing strategies. Contrasted with this is the Post Gazzette's interview with YouTuber Tyler Oakley who explains the importance of transparency as a content provider and his belief that honesty with one's audience solves many of the issues brought about by marketing strategies such as those he's taken part in for Pepsico.

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Coke Finds a Way to Cure Your Social-Media Addiction and/or Stop You Licking ... - Adweek

Coke Finds a Way to Cure Your Social-Media Addiction and/or Stop You Licking ... - Adweek | Social Media In Traditional Media | Scoop.it
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Coke Finds a Way to Cure Your Social-Media Addiction and/or Stop You Licking ...
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As Adweek points out here, from a brand that's usually so positive, this spot from Coke seems pretty out of place and kind of rude. It equates social media addicted persons to animals, needing a cone around their neck to prevent them from checking their phones. It also goes as far as saying "Taking the social out of media, and putting it back in your life." These sorts of campaigns further the negative stereotype that people who spend a lot of time on Social Media do so because they are asocial, when in fact the opposite has often proven to be true. While it does appeal to the older, less SM-friendly demographic, Coke's ad generally seems more like accusatory rhetoric than the cute joke they were probably going for.

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Addicted to Likes: How Social Media Feeds Our Neediness - New York Magazine

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Addicted to Likes: How Social Media Feeds Our Neediness New York Magazine “What looks like — and perhaps started as — vanity showmanship is now a deep desire for validation,” Ford's 2014 consumer trend report theorized, pointing to 62 percent of...
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This New York Magazine piece brings back another of Traditional Media's favorite buzz topics about Social, narcissism. Surprisingly though, it points out that Social Media narcissism is found pretty nearly across the board, and not specific to any certain demographic (ie: Millenials). This is definitely an important facet of our society's relationship with these new media and one that merits attention, but the last six months have seen a ton of articles pointing out the same "trend". There doesn't seem to be a solution, but we continue to give the problem airtime and page space. Perhaps the onus falls on network developers to remove components that lead to dangerous narcissism, or perhaps it falls on us, as users, to more carefully regulate our usage habits.

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80pc teens believe negative portrayal by media affects job prospects - ANINEWS

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80pc teens believe negative portrayal by media affects job prospects ANINEWS Demos, which commissioned the survey, said that the findings "shatter misconceptions of disengaged teenagers" and reveals that the negative portrayals of young people in...
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In the results of a recent UK survey, it was found that teens are unhappy with their portrayal as distracted, distant or aloof due to media use. this could be the first step in removing the negative associations with the Millenial stereotype. then again, this is a short piece in a minor publication. We aren't seeing these sorts of articles in The Guardian or The New York Times.

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5 Depressingly On-Point Moments From Last Night's Episode of 'Girls' - RollingStone.com

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RollingStone.com 5 Depressingly On-Point Moments From Last Night's Episode of 'Girls' RollingStone.com If not published work, it would seem out of character for Hannah to not have a Tumblr – given how many other millennial stereotypes she abides by...
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HBO's "Girls" is a unique experimental show in that many of it's plot-lines develop based on viewer feedback on social media. The show's creator, writer and star Lena Dunham is very conscious of her millennial audience and portrays her semi-auto-biographical character in a way she claims is "the voice of my generation...or at least a voice of a generation." In this Rolling Stone review of a recent episode, critic Jillian Mapes, points out the "depressing realities" of some of the more cynical points Dunham makes about her peers. In one scene, Dunham's character Hanna is frustrated by the lack of re-tweets a story she wrote received despite the fact that it got her a job. This, Mapes claims shows the narcissism and social insecurity of writers and millennials alike. Similarly there is a scene in which Hanna resolves to write for three hours each night and then falls asleep at her laptop. Yet again showing the distracted, social media addicted millennials as being under-motivated and over-stimulated.

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Anonymous reporter from Egypt - The Newsroom 1x05 - YouTube

Will McAvoy, MacKenzie McHale, Neal Sampat, The Newsroom, The Newsroom 1x05, Season 1, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Dev Patel
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In this scene from HBO's "The Newsroom", Neal Sampat News Night's web editor and new media representative triumphs over the initial skepticism of his executive producer and finds a reliable citizen journalist in Egypt during the Arab Spring protests. This scene becomes a watershed moment for the series which has progressively integrated more and more favorable portrayals of social media as a journalistic tool throughout it's two-year run including a lengthy sub-plot regarding the Occupy movement.

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