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What We Know About the Border - On The Media Blog - WNYC
"The Trump administration's so-called "Muslim ban" has created chaos and confusion at airports around the country, but horror stories at the border go back much further than this year. In 2014, we devoted an hour to trying to shred the veil of secrecy obscuring Customs and Border Protection, the huge police force tasked with guarding our borders. We discovered a lack of basic rights and accountability, along with countless stories of dehumanizing detentions and intrusions that thrive within a massive legal grey area."
OnTheMedia  WNYC  US  Government  media  podcasts 
february 2017 by pierredv
How the FDA Manipulates the Media - Scientific American
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit"
ScientificAmerican  FDA  media  science  agencies  regulation  journalism 
january 2017 by pierredv
Realistic risks : Nature News & Comment
"The outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in South Korean hospitals is effectively over, with no new cases since 2 July. Since it began on 11 May, a total of just 186 people were infected by the coronavirus, 36 of whom have died. The episode was tragic, but its economic and social impact was disproportionate. If the world is to respond effectively to infectious-disease outbreaks, then the authorities, the media and communities must pay more attention to risk communication."
risk  risk-management  media  editorial  comments  NatureJournal 
august 2015 by pierredv
Political Polarization & Media Habits | Pew Research Center's Journalism Project Oct 2014
"When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. And whether discussing politics online or with friends, they are more likely than others to interact with like-minded individuals, according to a new Pew Research Center study."
journalism  media  politics  polarization  pew  Pew-Research-Center 
december 2014 by pierredv
Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware | Pew Social & Demographic Trends
"National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Beneath the long-term trend, though, are big differences by decade: Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000."
Pew  Research  Center  homicide  crime  media  statistics 
october 2013 by pierredv
In South Carolina, a window on an ideologically polarized news market - The Washington Post Jan 2012
"The news audience is so polarized that even when consumers look for more entertaining sorts of news, such as travel or sports stories, they tend to choose sources that match their political leanings — conservatives to Fox News and liberals to National Public Radio, for example — according to a study by professors at Stanford and UCLA that dubbed this phenomenon “selective exposure.” "
politics  media  news  journalism  polarization  WashingtonPost 
january 2012 by pierredv
Censorship? - Imgur - Time magazine covers in US vs. RoW
As GMSV put it: "Does Time magazine think Americans are stupider than the rest of the world? Ummm, maybe. "
magazines  media  via:gmsv  USA  culture 
november 2011 by pierredv
ACA: CALM Has Implementation Problems :: Communications Technology
One of the problems with standards: "In a letter from American Cable Association (ACA) lawyers to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the ACA explained that it will be challenging to implement the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM) because the technical standard for establishing and maintaining audio loudness for digital TV - ATSC A/85 - was written as a voluntary engineering standard and not a legal document."
standards  audio  FCC  media 
october 2011 by pierredv
Coming to a Gadget Near You: A Movie for All Your Screens - UltraViolet Oct 2011
"a consortium of large Hollywood studios, gadget makers and retailers launched a cloud-based service that lets people watch online or mobile versions of the movies they bought on DVD or Blu-ray. This free "digital locker" keeps track of movie purchases and gets copies of them onto laptops, smartphones and more. "
x:wsj  media  commerce 
october 2011 by pierredv
Schumpeter: Great bad men as bosses | The Economist
"Balzac supposedly wrote that “behind every great fortune lies a great crime”. It would be truer to say that behind every great fortune there is a psychological aberration."
psychology  leadership  TheEconomist  media  quotations 
august 2011 by pierredv
AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials
AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. These commercials were created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B).
commercials  advertising  tv  media  culture  via:ianf 
february 2011 by pierredv
Watch Out, Big Cable: Xbox Live Now Bigger Than Comcast: Video «
"Xbox Live users are increasingly turning to the service to watch live and on-demand video. According to Microsoft, users spends an average of 40 hours a week on the service, and and over the past year, the amount of time those users have spent watching TV and movie content has grown 157 percent"
microsoft  xbox  games  media 
october 2010 by pierredv
American newspapers: Not dead yet | The Economist
Leader on newspapers. Great quote:
"The problem with such newspapers is that, although they do much that is excellent, they do little that is distinctive enough for people to pay for it."
media  commerce  TheEconomist 
june 2010 by pierredv
A special report on television: The lazy medium | The Economist
"There turns out to be an enormous gap between how people say they watch television and how they actually do. This gap contains clues to why television is so successful, and why so many attempts to transform it through technology have failed. " "... But a change in expectations is not quite the same as a change in behaviour. Although it is easier than ever to watch programmes at a time and on a device of one’s choosing, and people expect to be able to do so, nearly all TV is nonetheless watched live on a television set." "Efforts to improve the TV-watching experience have often gone wrong because they took people at their word. . . Because they failed to take account of the social nature of television, not one has caught on."
economist  media  tv  research 
may 2010 by pierredv
Wu & Huberman - A Persistence Paradox
Bottom line: "the more frequently an individual uploads content the less likely it is that it will reach a success threshold"
There doesn't seem to be an explanation for this.
Abstract: "It is widely believed that persistence in most endeavors is essential to their success. By its very nature, persistence enhances both the quality of an outcome and its probability of success because people are willing to endure failures before achieving a desired goal. To test this hypothesis on a massive scale, we studied the production histories and success dynamics of 10 million videos uploaded to a popular video Web site. Our results reveal that while the average quality of submissions does increase with the number of uploads, the more frequently an individual uploads content the less likely it is that it will reach a popularity threshold. These paradoxical findings, which hold both at the aggregate and individual levels, throw light on the act of production in the attention economy."
video  media  research  x:firstmonday  **  hits  popularity 
january 2010 by pierredv
Social Networks and the News: An Agent-Based Model of a Media Market by Oleg Smirnov, Allan Ingraham
Abstract: We propose an agent-based computational model of a media market that consists of two connected levels: media voices reporting news and households forming a social network. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to model news dissemination in large media markets, as our model accounts for social networks of hundreds of thousands of agents. The model can be applied to address a variety of research questions, including media diversity. Here we report how the basic media market and social network characteristics affect news dissemination among the households.
agentbasedmodeling  media  politics  x:SSRN 
december 2009 by pierredv
Media: A world of hits | The Economist
"Ever-increasing choice was supposed to mean the end of the blockbuster. It has had the opposite effect"
Excellent story on how the long tail and the surprisingly durable blockbuster are hollowing out the media market - the losers are titles (and retailers) in the not-quite-so-good middle ground.
Fascinating stuff on they blockbuster do well, going back to William McPhee's work in the 60's:
"a disproportionate share of the audience for a hit was made up of people who consumed few products of that type. . . A lot of the people who read a bestselling novel, for example, do not read much other fiction. By contrast, the audience for an obscure novel is largely composed of people who read a lot. That means the least popular books are judged by people who have the highest standards, while the most popular are judged by people who literally do not know any better."
Some great quotes:
"just because people have more choice does not mean they will opt for more obscure entertainments"
media  film  entertainment  ***  TheEconomist  quotations 
december 2009 by pierredv
Presidentisal web sites and the Georgian-Russian War, 8-16 Aug 2008
Abstract: During the war between Georgia and Russia, 8–16 August 2008, the Web sites of Presidents Mikheil Saakashvili and Dmitry Medvedev were used actively to promote their countries’ conflicting views on the war. This article considers the structure of the two Web sites, their use during the war and their place in the media systems of Georgia and Russia.
politics  propaganda  media  web  x:firstmonday 
september 2009 by pierredv
What the F**K is Social Media: One Year Later
key argument slide 44-50 is that it's a duplex channel, which marketers don't understand
socialmedia  socialnetworking  media  marketing  via:fb 
august 2009 by pierredv
Cynical-C Blog - » YCPE
You Can't Please Everyone, featuring one-star Amazon reviews of classic movies, music and literature
via:gmsv  humor  arts  media 
may 2009 by pierredv
Tweaking the Cable Model, to Avoid Newspapers’ Fate - Bits Blog -
"Cable systems like Comcast sell video service and pass a big chunk of their subscription revenue to the cable networks like CNN and ESPN. Their nightmare is that consumers will come to assume that all video programming is free, and like the newspapers, they will need to find a way to live on advertising revenue alone. "
via marc berejka
media  cable  commerce 
april 2009 by pierredv
Is AT&T violating DMCA by not booting 'repeat infringers'? | Digital Media - CNET News
"One of revelations that surfaced following last week's report that AT&T was helping the recording industry fight illegal file sharing was how differently Internet service providers interpret U.S. copyright law. "
via Phil Weiser
privacy  copyright  media  law 
april 2009 by pierredv
The changing value of content (PDF) Michael Zeisser
"The assumption that content should be equally valuable in the ‘old” and the “new”
media environments is wrong."
commerce  trends  media  IPTV  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2009 by pierredv
digital britain - interim report
UK government outlines plans for digital transition
The interim report contains more than 20 recommendations, including specific proposals on:

* next generation networks
* universal access to broadband
* the creation of a second public service provider of scale
* the modernisation of wireless radio spectrum holdings
* a digital future for radio
* a new deal for digital content rights
* enhancing the digital delivery of public services
uk  media  policy  communications 
february 2009 by pierredv
Understanding Tintin | A very European hero | The Economist
"All societies reveal themselves through their children’s books. Europe’s love affair with Tintin is more revealing than most." "In 1949 France banned children’s books and comic strips from presenting cowardice in a “favourable” light, on pain of up to a year in prison for errant publishers. It was equally forbidden to make laziness or lying seem attractive. The law created an oversight committee to watch for positive depictions of these ills, along with crime, theft, hatred, debauchery and acts “liable to undermine morality” among the young."
regulation  europe  media  culture  comics  economist 
january 2009 by pierredv
What's good about McCain-Obama mudslinging | - John Geer
reviewed all the ads aired by presidential candidates on television from 1960 to 200
politics  media  csmonitor  *** 
october 2008 by pierredv
Young indie crowd takes vinyl for a spin |
demand from diehard audiophiles, and young listeners into indie rock and pop lots of tie-ins, eg vinyl edition of "Fleet Foxes" goes for about $16 and includes a code for a free digital download of the album
media  history  trends  CSMonitor 
august 2008 by pierredv
Xbox + Netflix: Who's Next? -
"Over the past year, movies and TV shows have accounted for one-third of all Xbox Live downloads in the U.S."
In less than four months, served more video than
media  internet  microsoft  via:forbes 
august 2008 by pierredv
The semantic web | Start making sense |
Getting sematinc web going is hard since a lot of extra coding is needed. But "Reuters ... recently launched a service called Calais that takes raw web pages (and, indeed, any other form of data) and does the marking up itself."
+Refs to Yahoo & startups
web  content  media  via:economist 
april 2008 by pierredv
FCC Extends Program Access Rules - 9/11/2007 10:29:00 PM - Multichannel News
Cable operators that own satellite-delivered cable networks will be forced to sell them to pay-TV distribution rivals for five more years
FCC  policy  cable  media  marketpower 
march 2008 by pierredv
Program Access -- SBCA FCC Decisions & Rulings:
The program access rules, created by the 1992 Cable Act require that vertically-integrated programmer/cable companies sell their programming to all multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) at non-discriminatory prices, terms, and conditions
FCC  policy  marketpower  cable  media 
march 2008 by pierredv
Paul Otlet - Tratado de documentación
19th C Belgian's vision for remote access to information - sound, video etc.
history  computing  media 
january 2008 by pierredv
Viacom Dumps DoubleClick for Microsoft - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog
"Microsoft and Viacom today announced a multi-year content and advertising partnership. Under the deal, Microsoft will become the exclusive seller of remnant display ads on Viacom’s Web sites. (”Remnant” refers to ad space that Viacom cannot sell th
commerce  media  ads  NYTimes 
december 2007 by pierredv
FCC changes media ownership rules | Seattle Times Newspaper 19 dec 2007
"one entity would be permitted to own a newspaper and one broadcast station in the same market. But the market must be among the 20 largest in the nation and after the transaction, at least eight independently owned-and-operated media voices must remain.
media  policy  FCC 
december 2007 by pierredv
Media & Entertainment News
media  news 
december 2007 by pierredv
Enron and Newspapers -
Malcolm Gladwell in praise of journalists, who found the truth about Enron whereas those who were financially motivated to do so - the financial people - didn't
journalism  media  commerce  finance 
september 2007 by pierredv
The music industry | A change of tune |
"Seven years ago musicians derived two-thirds of their income, via record labels, from pre-recorded music, with the other one-third coming from concert tours, merchandise and endorsements, according to the Music Managers Forum, a trade group in London. Bu
copyright  media  commerce 
august 2007 by pierredv
Joost Network Architecture - Communications: Real-world P2P:
link to presentation by Colm MacCarthaigh, Network Architect at Joost, on how Joost works
video  media  TV 
may 2007 by pierredv
if:book: pay attention to the dance
Discussion of ARGs (Alternative Reality Games). Relevant for digital/dirt thinking
digitaldirt  toread  media 
april 2007 by pierredv
Gannett's New Lease On News - Jon Fine, BusinessWeek
"the newspaper chain with the most interesting and coherent approach to rethinking journalism and news-gathering is ... Gannett, publisher of USA Today"
news  media 
march 2007 by pierredv
The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: New York to expand 911 to include digital photos
"The New York initiative, announced last month, will involve equipping 911 facilities with the necessary technology to accept the photos and videos, which often may come from cellphones."
february 2007 by pierredv
danah boyd: Broken Metaphors: Blogging as Liminal Practice, 2005
her description:
The goal of this paper is to reveal tensions underlying conceptualizations of blogging. First, I
introduce how metaphorical constructions of blogging are being employed and limiting research
on blogging by obfuscating an understanding
blogs  media  community  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2007 by pierredv
The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Where's our work going? creators ask at CES
creatives worried and whining about reuse of their material in complex digital world:
"It is an artistic form. It does represent the way we live and who we are. ... It's not just filling up cellphones or the latest of Mr. Gates' gadgets. It is fulfilling
media  commerce 
january 2007 by pierredv
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