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The Future is Here and it is Grumpy: The Monetization of Memes by Caitlin Burns

The Future is Here and it is Grumpy: The Monetization of Memes by Caitlin Burns | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it

Caitlin Burns:  "Microcelebrities and in-jokes have gone global. Rare is the life untouched by memes and even if you don’t know their individual formal titles, you’ve probably encountered Scumbag Steve, Nyan Cat or of course– the current Queen of Internet Memes: Grumpy Cat™."


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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, April 7, 2013 4:15 AM

And, here's another informative article for those interested in internet memes:  The lifespan of a meme: The rise and fall of Grumpy Cat and other Internet celebrities.


Note:  The picture of Grumpy Cat, above, is from this second article.

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Memes market. Can't wait to have my first client asking me to make him a memes campaign #buzzcampaign #viralcampaign #talkofthetowncampaign #don'thavebudgetsocreatesomethinghugewithzerodollarsplease #ahwell

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Bow to your new master.

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Remote Life: TV a testament of storytelling, and only time will tell what shows from now will be future classics_

Remote Life: TV a testament of storytelling, and only time will tell what shows from now will be future classics_ | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it
I never thought I’d get to watch Lucille Ball’s infamous drunk Vitameatavegamin commercial from “I Love Lucy” in a theater full of college students. More importantly, I didn’t expect a 55-year-old show to send a bunch of undergrads into fits of giggles.

 

And yet I was able to experience both this week thanks to a class on the history of television, and thanks to Lucille Ball’s indelible comedic chops.

 

It’s a testament to the craft of storytelling that shows more than 50 years old are still able to entertain us.

 

[Photo Credit: CBS Television]


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The Stream: Al-Jazeera’s brave new multi-media experiment | memeburn

The Stream: Al-Jazeera’s brave new multi-media experiment | memeburn | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it

On the 2nd of May, television broadcaster Al-Jazeera will make history with the broadcast of “The Stream”, a 30-minute talk show like no other. With “no script, no tape and no satellite hookups”, the Doha-based news broadcaster is “bringing the social media experience inside your TV”.


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The Science of Denial: How Corporations Corrupt Science

The Science of Denial: How Corporations Corrupt Science | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it

Eric Byler interviews Prof. Robert Proctor
 about the

Pioneers of Science Denial and the
Human Cost of Misinformation

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 - 5:30 pm Eastern Time (2:30 pm PT)

CLICK HERE to listen live | Call (646) 929-2495 to join the conversation

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by ERIC YAO, Coffee Party USA

 

A recent exposé of the corporate funded Heartland Institute's secret documents revealed an elaborate plan to purposefully manipulate K-12 curriculum, with efforts to inject doubt about climate change into young students and ensure that paralysis on clean energy technology and climate change legislation continues for another generation. This exemplifies how far some international profiteering interests will go to systematically misinform the American public.

 

The strategy of misinformation includes:

 

Assert there are many other causes of the problemClaim there is no consensus among scientistsDownplay the validity of the science in any caseSetup lobbying organizations that masquerade as a research institutesInject polarization and misinformation into the national discourse using friends in elected office and in the One Percent Media

 

People fighting the One Percent agenda today may not realize this, but these tactics were pioneered by the tobacco industry. Sixty years ago, the tobacco industry began protecting its profits by penetrated academia, and undermining science in the very same way. Our guest on Thursday's special presentation of Coffee Party Radio will be Robert Proctor, Professor of History at Stanford University.  [MORE]


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This is the Modem World: Hotels owe us free WiFi (and cotton swabs) | Engadget

This is the Modem World: Hotels owe us free WiFi (and cotton swabs) | Engadget | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it

When I departed for my three-week honeymoon, I informed all my colleagues that I would be off the grid: unavailable, unreachable, without access, etc. In truth, I was in airplane mode scanning for WiFi networks several times a day, checking in on East Coast friends dealing with Hurricane Sandy.

 

Side note: I was doing so from poolside chairs while the new wife was asleep and not about to be annoyed by my digital addictions, so that made it OK, and stuff.

 

Hotel WiFi has been around a long, long time. In fact, I reported on the top five hotel chains that served up free WiFi more than eight years ago.

 

Eight years is a long time. In internet years, it's an eternity. And in those eight years, from what I can tell, hotel WiFi has not improved one bit. Some might even say that as hotels look for new ways to monetize customers, WiFi has not only become more expensive, its performance has also been hijacked by unnecessary security practices.

 

Let's gain some perspective here to really understand how long ago 2004 was. According to Time, the top websites of that year included Friendster, Yoox and some blog called Engadget. Those of us with smartphones were happy to be downloading at 3G speeds when infrastructure allowed. We didn't dare watch video on our phones let alone even bother replying to emails. That was for the fancy folks with Nokia E60s.

 

WiFi, at the time, was the stuff of pros. We'd spend hundreds on wireless cards and patiently hunt for open networks just to get online. We envisioned a future when our cable and wireless companies would grant us hotspots virtually everywhere, when WiFi would blanket the planet and talk of wireless radio protocols would be the stuff of history.

 

And yet here we are, eight years later, and the majority of us are still on 3G while WiFi remains an expensive luxury at the world's top hotels.

 

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World Radio Day: Free access without app or web? It's called radio. | Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands Worldwide

World Radio Day: Free access without app or web? It's called radio. | Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands Worldwide | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it
On World Radio Day, 13 February 2012, UNESCO will remind the world that there is a medium which reaches parts that other media can't reach.

 

Radio is still a vital form of communication because a radio station can be set up much faster, and at much lower cost, than a terrestrial or satellite TV station. Radio is especially useful for reaching remote communities and vulnerable people such as the illiterate, the disabled and the poor. It also provides a platform for such groups to take part in the wider public debate.

 

Radio also plays a vital role in emergency communication and disaster relief, which was illustrated following the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004. RNW was able to help several partner stations in Indonesia by sending out “radio stations in a box” – self-contained mobile FM stations providing a temporary studio and transmitter ready to be used by broadcasters whose own facilities had been destroyed.

 

One billion people do not have access to radio, let alone technically more complex media like the internet

 

On 3 November, 2011, the 36th General Conference of UNESCO approved the creation of an annual World Radio Day. The initial idea came from the Spanish Academy of Radio four years earlier. The date chosen was 13 February, which corresponds to the birth of United Nations radio in 1946.

 

World Radio Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio, and enhance networking among broadcasters.

 

Website: http://www.worldradioday.org

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secret history of ADVERTISING

how advertising took shape in american culture (audio from public radio.

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The Evolution of Digital Advertising [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Evolution of Digital Advertising [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it
Infographic shows the evolution and history of digital advertising.

 

With computers and the Internet came digital advertising. PointRoll, a digital marketing company, decided to take a stroll down memory lane, revisiting the history of digital ads.

 

Their history goes as far back as 1987, when Apple introduced the Macintosh which featured HyperCard, widely considered the first multimedia tool. Over time, digital ads have evolved from static images to interactive designs with the help of universally used tools as Quicktime, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and Flash.

 

The birth of social media and gadgets like the iPhone and the iPad created new opportunities for multimedia, location-based ads that span across platforms, making digital advertising as rich a field as it’s ever been.

 

Check out the infographic above to see the evolution of digital advertising.

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Brew Up Some Great Social Media Content With These Filters

Brew Up Some Great Social Media Content With These Filters | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it

Effective social media content is a lot like a great cup of coffee. People read great content or drink the cup of coffee and go “mmmmmm”.


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How the physics of social media could kill your marketing strategy

How the physics of social media could kill your marketing strategy | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it
There are two colliding factors that are slowly killing your marketing strategy. Here is a plan to fight back.

 

...In the physical world, this is what happens when you try to push too much stuff though a finite pipeline — catastrophic failure. A flood. Wires bursting into flame. Server crashes.

So this presents the fundamental dilemma for you and me. How do we get our marketing message to cut through the infinite information and make it through to a consumer brain — without going broke or having a catastrophic strategic failure?

 

We’ve never faced this before


This is a relatively new problem. Even in the early days of mass broadcasting, getting your message through was easy. You simply bought advertisements on the most popular radio and television programs. Those days are coming to an end. Nielsen reported that in 2011, the number of hours that Americans viewed TV declined for the first time in the history of television. Newspaper advertising, adjusted for inflation, is down to 1950s levels. Even website visitors are down. In the past two years, 68% of the Fortune 500 companies had a drop in unique visitors to their company websites.

 

So we have no choice. Day by day, every single company in the world is realizing that it must join this social media battle for consumer mindshare. And that war is raging though web-based content....

 

[Valuable read from @MarkWSchaefer - JD]


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Must-Tweet TV: How The Pioneers Of Social Television Turn Viewers Into VIPs

Must-Tweet TV: How The Pioneers Of Social Television Turn Viewers Into VIPs | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it

Amy Jo Martin: "Throughout the succinct two-year history of social television, successes and failures have taught practitioners three valuable lessons. In fact, these lessons apply to practitioners in any major medium (radio, film, television, journalism)" ...


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War of the Worlds A liitle history of Oct 30, 1938 The new power of mass media

War of the Worlds A liitle history of Oct 30, 1938 The new power of mass media | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it

"It is perhaps a comment on the idiocy of human beings that one of the biggest hoaxes to panic the American public began with the following words:"The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air in a radio play by Howard Koch suggested by the H.G. Wells novel 'The War of the Worlds.'"

On the face of it, this seems like a pretty straightforward concept. It's a radio play, based on a novel, featuring one of the most recognized voices in the history of radio.

AND IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN!"


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Laura Brown's comment, June 25, 2013 8:59 PM
You've got a liiiiittle typo in the title.
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The Story of Your Enslavement

We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement - up to and including your own. From Freedomain Radio, the largest and m...


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A Cultural History of Advertising: Soap, Sex & Cigarettes

A video introduction to a cultural history of advertising. A college general education elective.

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Ads Worth Spreading: See The 10 Most World-Changing Ads, According To TED

Ads Worth Spreading: See The 10 Most World-Changing Ads, According To TED | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it
Communicating on behalf of a brand can be tricky business. A decent idea once passed through the brand’s filter and massaged and molded to hit key messaging targets can come out the other side a shell of its possible self.

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Kickstarting Veronica Mars: A Conversation About The Future of Television (Final Installment)

Kickstarting Veronica Mars: A Conversation About The Future of Television (Final Installment) | The Evolution of Media | Scoop.it

Suzanne Scott:

 

"...On a second and related point, you all make a compelling case for how distribution on Netflix, or similar platforms, might help reshape industrial investments in media properties, encourage experimentation with transmedia or non-linear textualities, and cater to pre-existing fannish consumption patterns such as binge watching. Our conceptual understanding of what “television” is (who produces and distributes it, and where, when and how we consume it) continues to be radically reimagined in the post-network era.  Within the Netflix television model, the television temporalities of seriality and seasonality are effectively eradicated. This isn’t a bad thing, necessarily, but I do wonder how these new “telelvision” models might fundamentally alter our conception of television fandom...."


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