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668: The Long Fuse
Chinese Restaurant Syndrome cooked up by Ho Man Kwok or "Hu-man crock of..."
restaurants  mythology  history  Food  Media  literacy 
9 weeks ago by oripsolob
The internet isn’t why Trump won, Stanford and Brown study finds.
Trump performed worse than previous Republican candidates among internet users and people who got campaign news online, the authors find in a paper published July 18 in the journal PLOS One. And he outperformed his predecessors among the demographic groups least likely to be online. In other words, Mitt Romney and John McCain got more support from internet users than Trump did.

The paper, from Stanford economists Levi Boxell and Matthew Gentzkow and Brown economist Jesse Shapiro, adds to a growing body of research indicating that the internet’s effects on U.S. political opinion may be overstated. The same authors found in 2017 that the country’s polarization has been most intense among the oldest Americans, who also spend the least time online. Cable news has been a more significant driver of partisan divisions, research suggests. In November 2016, just weeks after Trump’s election, media studies professors Keith Hampton and Eszter Hargittai made a persuasive case in the Hill that Trump’s win wasn’t Facebook’s fault. Hampton and Hargittai pointed out that research shows Facebook users are more likely to be connected to different kinds of people, while disconnection from the internet is broadly associated with social isolation and intolerance. Trump voters were also far less likely to use Twitter or Reddit than Clinton voters, they noted.

***Still, the authors were careful to acknowledge that more research is needed. The conclusion that “the internet was not a source of advantage to Trump,” they explain, relies on a series of three assumptions, each of which could be called into question.

If any media platform is to blame, it is not the web. It is more likely television, which is a more important source of political information. Growing polarization may also result from structural economic changes, like rising inequality, that have occurred in recent decades.
Social  Media  politics  literacy  election  mythology  tv 
july 2018 by oripsolob
Derek Powazek - I’m Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet
Assumption: You’re either the product or the customer.
I’ve worked for, and even run, many companies in the last 20 years with various business models. Some provided something free in an attempt to build an audience large enough to sell advertising, some charged customers directly, and some did a combination of both. All treated their users with varying levels of respect. There was no correlation between how much money users paid and how well they were treated.

Assumption: Companies you pay treat you better.
I should be able to answer this with one word: AT&T. Or: Comcast. Or: Wells Fargo. Or: the government.

We all routinely pay companies that treat us like shit. In fact, I’d argue that, in general, online companies that I do not pay have far better customer policies and support than the companies I do pay.
Social  Media  Corporation  Money  advertising  literacy 
april 2018 by oripsolob
Routledge Companion on Media Education, Copyright and Fair Use | Media Education Lab
Chapter 20 - Approaches to Active Reading and Visual Literacy in the High School Classroom

John S. O’Connor and Dan Lawler
Media  education  COPYRIGHT  english  visual  literacy 
april 2018 by oripsolob
Why is the media—including the liberal media—supporting these teachers’ strikes?
One has to wonder if these strikes were happening in blue states, with Democratic governors and state legislatures, what the reception might be. One also has to wonder if the strikers and/or students were of color, what the reception might be. The coverage could turn out quite different, with the concerns of students of color being pitted against the unions, or with the ugly undercurrents of race working against the concerns and interests of both the teachers and the students.
Media  inequalities  literacy  labor  politics  education 
april 2018 by oripsolob
I have forgotten how to read - The Globe and Mail
When we become cynical readers – when we read in the disjointed, goal-oriented way that online life encourages – we stop exercising our attention. We stop reading with a sense of faith that some larger purpose may be served. This doesn't mean we're reading less – not at all. In fact, we live in a text-gorged society in which the most fleeting thought is a thumb-dash away from posterity. What's at stake is not whether we read. It's how we read....

The suggestion that, in a few generations, our experience of media will be reinvented shouldn't surprise us. We should, instead, marvel at the fact we ever read books at all. Great researchers such as Maryanne Wolf and Alison Gopnik remind us that the human brain was never designed to read. Rather, elements of the visual cortex – which evolved for other purposes – were hijacked in order to pull off the trick. The deep reading that a novel demands doesn't come easy and it was never "natural." Our default state is, if anything, one of distractedness. The gaze shifts, the attention flits; we scour the environment for clues. (Otherwise, that predator in the shadows might eat us.) How primed are we for distraction? One famous study found humans would rather give themselves electric shocks than sit alone with their thoughts for 10 minutes. We disobey those instincts every time we get lost in a book.
literacy  Books  shallows 
february 2018 by oripsolob
Where I’m From and Where I’m Going: Highlights from NCSS - The Alternate Route
“Don’t Be a Sheep: Media in the Age of Ferguson,” was an intriguing title for a session and proved to be well worth it. Teacher Spiro Bolos of New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL recounted his experience photographing events happening in and around Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury announced it would not indict the officer who shot Michael Brown in 2014. Spiros developed a lesson to look at this event through the lens of digital media in order to help our students ask critical questions when reading images and other digital media.
NCSS  ferguson  presentation  Media  literacy 
december 2017 by oripsolob
The Man Who Photographed Ghosts - The New York Times
Kafka: "Nothing can be so deceiving as a photograph"
Errol Morris:"[I]t's hard for me to imagine communication without deception. They go hand in hand."
photography  photos  mythology  Media  literacy  history 
november 2017 by oripsolob
FACT CHECK: Why Are NFL Players on the Sidelines for the National Anthem?
However, this report did not cover the year 2009, so it is unclear whether NFL teams’ appearing on the field for the playing of the national anthem truly began in conjunction with the “paid patriotism” policy.
Money  sociology  Media  literacy  history 
october 2017 by oripsolob
Report: At least 50 teams were paid by Department of Defense for patriotic displays - The Washington Post
The 145-page report cites contributions to 18 NFL teams, 10 MLB teams, eight NBA teams, six NHL teams, eight soccer teams, as well as NASCAR, Iron Dog and Indiana University Purdue University.

The Atlanta Falcons, for instance, were the top recipients, getting $879,000 over four years. Over the same period, for instance, the New England Patriots received $700,000 and the Buffalo Bills $650,000.
sociology  Media  literacy  Speech  Money 
october 2017 by oripsolob
How the NFL sold patriotism to the U.S. military for millions – ThinkProgress
What the president failed to acknowledge in his rant was that many of the military displays present at NFL games were, at one time, financed by the government. Rather than organic, wholesome expressions of patriotism — the kind Trump has claimed NFL players are disrespectfully protesting — the tradition of players standing for the national anthem is a recent tradition that may have coincided with a marketing ploy meant to sell cheap, manufactured nationalism.

As recently as 2015, the Department of Defense was doling out millions to the NFL for such things as military flyovers, flag unfurlings, emotional color guard ceremonies, enlistment campaigns, and — interestingly enough — national anthem performances. Additionally, according to Vice, the NFL’s policy on players standing for the national anthem also changed in 2009, with athletes “encouraged” thereafter to participate. Prior to that, teams were not given any specific instructions on the matter; some chose to remain in the locker room until after opening ceremonies were completed. (It’s unclear whether the policy change was implemented as a direct result of any Defense Department contracts.)
sociology  history  Speech  Media  literacy  Money 
october 2017 by oripsolob
FAQ | Center for Media Literacy
Where does CML get its funding?

The Center for Media Literacy is an independent for-profit organization that is self-sustaining.
Media  literacy 
september 2017 by oripsolob
Today’s Front Pages | Newseum
9/12/01 front pages (linked to by Renee Hobbs and the Media Education Lab)
Media  literacy  9/11  history 
august 2017 by oripsolob
This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit

The News Feed Editor is a robot editor, and it is far better at capturing attention than normal human editors. It can predict what you’ll click on better than anyone you know. It’s what professor Pablo Boczkowski of Northwestern has called “the greatest editor in the history of humanity.”

A simplified version of the Facebook News Feed Editor’s Algorithm. Source: TC
It shows you stories, tracks your responses, and filters out the ones that you are least likely to respond to. It follows the videos you watch, the photos you hover over, and every link you click on. It is mapping your brain, seeking patterns of engagement.
It uses this map to create a private personal pipeline of media just for you. In doing this it has essentially become the editor-in-chief of a personalized newspaper that 2 billion people read every month.
By traditional journalistic standards, however, the News Feed Editor is a very, very bad editor. It doesn’t differentiate between factual information and things that merely look like facts (as we saw with the massive explosion of viral hoaxes during the 2016 election). It doesn’t identify content that is profoundly biased, or stories that are designed to propagate fear, mistrust, or outrage.
Media  literacy  Social  election  9/11  sociology  Money 
july 2017 by oripsolob
HODC seeks city aid for Brummel building | Evanston Now
This is a comment from the Wilmette HODC Low Income Housing closed Facebook group:

"In one of his meetings, Richard Koenig assured Wilmette residents that he would never come to Wilmette for handouts related to his Legion Hall project because he keeps reserves for his buildings. Wilmette residents were skeptical of his assurances because it has been HODC's habit to ask host communities for money for building repairs and improvements. Sure enough, just read this article about another of HODC's projects in Evanston."

Here was my comment in response: "I'm genuinely confused. How does this application for a federal loan constitute a "handout" from a "host community"?
housing  sociology  social  Media  literacy 
june 2017 by oripsolob
Ami Horowitz: How white liberals really view black voters - YouTube
Completely misleading, not based on any research whatsover, and utterly racist assumptions by the host.
video  media  literacy  race  sociology 
may 2017 by oripsolob
At New Trier, "white privilege" training mandatory for teachers, too | North Cook News
This semester, New Trier Social Studies Teacher Spiro Bolos has lectured his students on “structural racism” and how it has created a “racial wealth gap.”
race  education  media  literacy 
february 2017 by oripsolob
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