Culture

Peter Kafka explains how  Buzzfeed & Vice are more like ad agencies than you would think.
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Legacy Media
by Susan Currie Sivek

Every month, the Magazine Media 360° audience report lands in my email inbox. I’ve always wanted to dig deeper into that intriguing spreadsheet. Finally, it’s spring break — and what else does a journalism professor do on vacation but play around with data? This report is released by MPA, the Association of Magazine Media. Its full […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas, then you know they like to keep things weird. And things have certainly been weird at this year’s SXSW. Marketers have turned to Tinder robots, protests against robots, and feline “tech correspondents” to try to make an impression at the ever-growing festival. Over the years, the importance of […] more »

Culture
by Patricia Aufderheide

SXSW panels and events take the pulse of cutting—OK, bleeding—edge trends in tech for film. Seven takeaways from panels: #1: Streaming video Open and closed video streaming platforms are now mainstream, and funding programming. In fact, according to BuzzFeed’s Summer Anne Burton, YouTube (c. 160M monthly desktop viewers) is now a lean-back, longform(ish) medium—suitable for […] more »

Culture
by Mark Glaser

The following post is sponsored content on PBS MediaShift from Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Details The Hearst Distinguished Lecture Series hosted Sree Sreenivasan on the Biscayne Bay Campus at FIU. Sreenivasan gave a talk on getting the best use out of your time online (and on your phones), how to […] more »

Education
by Meagan Doll

In an age that craves immediacy and information, processes of verification are more important than ever, but not necessarily the norm. A new report from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism produced by Craig Silverman details the ways news outlets spread — and debunk — rumors and misinformation. He found that many news outlets take few […] more »

Culture
by Aleszu Bajak

“I’m out there Jerry, and I’m lovin’ every minute of it!” Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld’s wacky neighbor, would roar as he walked into a scene. Kramer was also the television show’s happiest character, according to a mathematical analysis of the sitcom’s scripts conducted by Chris Danforth and Peter Dodds, University of Vermont mathematicians. The pair has been […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

Many of us take for granted the efficacy of search engines in producing accurate results. Just try to remember what it was like browsing the web in the early aughts and you can see how much things have changed. It’s pretty clear that Google’s come out on top in the search engine wars. Even though […] more »

Culture
by Aran Levasseur

In our wired world it’s easy to extol the virtues of the web, mobile devices and social media. These time-bending technologies have generated previously unimaginable ways of searching, creating and sharing information instantaneously. Yet as our hours and days are filled with more and more time-saving devices, many of us seem to have less and […] more »

Culture
by Amanda Enayati

In one of my favorite episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” a crew member on leave brings back a computer game so addictive that eventually the entire crew, minus one young cadet, abandons its stations and sits glued to the device. The game, which stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers while diminishing its higher functions, […] more »


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