But the effort to co-opt cool can backfire, Mr. Roan said. When someone is “watching a topic that’s trending and then whips up some contrived way to get their voice in that conversation, it’s very predatory and a super-false way to speak,” he said. Or worse: “It reeks of thirst,” he said. (We looked it up, and “thirst,” in this case, means “desperate.”)

Advertising strategist Chris Roan, talking about the use of title hashtags to market to youth culture

Now that social media has gone mainstream — the pope tweets, for godssake! — we need to turn our attention to the ugly reality of old people (read: media execs) trying to co-opt youth culture for a buck. It’s been going on for ages— radio, TV, music, movies — but it’s still pretty desperate and predatory.

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Net neutrality is really, really important,” he added. “Never before have you had something in the system that could throttle your app.

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of World Wide Web, nicely summing up the Net Neutrality debate 

I’m thinking if the guy who invented the Web is against cable and telecom companies charging certain users more for service (e.g., Netflix), so am I 

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A group of Swedish scientists are competing to hide the most Bob Dylan lyrics in scholarly articles.


A worthwhile scholarly competition if ever there was one — and it began with a scientific study on farting. Of course.

rollingstone:

A group of Swedish scientists are competing to hide the most Bob Dylan lyrics in scholarly articles.

A worthwhile scholarly competition if ever there was one — and it began with a scientific study on farting. Of course.

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Anthony Bourdain, the future of cable news

jkottke:

When Anthony Bourdain’s hour-long food and travel show first launched on CNN, it marked the network’s step away from 24 hours news and towards more entertainment programming. But maybe Bourdain is just the reporter we need these days when most of what we see of other cultures is satellite images…

Stopped cold first time I saw Bourdain on TV. Didn’t know he was a world-class chef but also couldn’t believe he wasn’t a trained journalist. He has a way of interviewing people that is brutally direct but deeply empathetic, without being a suck-up. Extremely hard to find even among seasoned reporters. If Bourdain is the future of cable news, we’re in for a good ride.

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Did you catch the Colbert Report last night? There was a steamy appearance by our lady, Terry Gross. (It starts around 3 min into the episode) 
Stephen and Terry have talked many times, but here’s the latest one. 

Bad ass …

nprfreshair:

Did you catch the Colbert Report last night? There was a steamy appearance by our lady, Terry Gross. (It starts around 3 min into the episode) 

Stephen and Terry have talked many times, but here’s the latest one

Bad ass …

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Ok, yeah, I kind of like that adult heart thing. Sue me. 

Ok, yeah, I kind of like that adult heart thing. Sue me. 

(Source: bestofweheartit, via ilovecharts)

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There is so much Twitter can do try to improve the user experience, for both the experienced and the beginner. But I hope that it does not algorithmically curate the feed, not because I love the chronology per se, but because I value people’s judgement. Yes, Twitter can make it easier to access that judgment in more varied ways but stepping between people I choose to follow and me is not the answer.
Never forget: the algorithm giveth but it also taketh away. Don’t let it take away the network because it’s the flock, not the bird, that provides the value.

UNC Prof. Zeynep Tufekci, on the Twitter algorithm debacle (best counter-argument I’ve seen out there) 
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The History of Hashtags in Social Media

This I can get my brain around.

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Who’s behind that tweet? How 7 news orgs manage their Twitter and Facebook accounts

If I had to sum up my doctorate in a phrase, I’d say I learned how colossally important it is that audiences sense a real, flesh-and-blood human is behind the news, especially in social streams. Even before my dissertation was signed and delivered, I started talking to newsrooms about this big take-away. Some 4+ years later, I’m happy to see how deeply a lot of journalists get this. In fact, this Nieman Lab article feels like a big ol’ valentine to the idea.

Beyond this, I’d say the next big shift for journalists is getting super creative about audience participation. It’s hard to imagine a more intense form of engagement than actually being able to influence the news. Plus, yeah, damn fun for all involved. 

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Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Smart, non-alarmist study. Common sense says we all need to carefully manage our media intake, including taking occasional breathers from social. What surprised me most as a prof was how often my students said as much. No matter what the semester or course, students pretty consistently talked about a longing for more f-t-f interactions and non-digital experiences, such as reading a good paperback. I could be wrong, but I think we’ll see a backlash to digital media in the near future among Millennials. Hail to the vinyl and paper.

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Rather than scrolling past a dozen positive comments and lingering on the sole exception, what if you did the opposite? And what if you shared a couple of the good ones with friends instead of sharing the one that hurt you? Research shows that it takes more time for positive experiences to become lodged in our long-term memory, so it’s not just pleasurable to dwell on a compliment — it’s shrewd.

Psychologist’s advice on how to handle the cruelty of Web trolls 
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The Student Loan Crusader: How Elizabeth Warren Wants to Reduce Debt

Mad, burnin’ love for this woman’s straight talk. No other way to describe it.

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