Posts tagged social media
You might think the biggest touchdown of Super Bowl XLVII came from Jacoby Jones’ record-setting 108-yard kickoff return, but in terms of social media, last night’s blackout recorded the biggest spike, especially in end zone of advertisers and comedians.
With Israeli and Palestinian forces in a deadly conflict from the air and now on the ground in Gaza and Israel, another battle is being waged, the war of public opinion, on an unexpected battlefield: social media.
Conflict between both sides might not be anything new, but the use of Twitter and other social media platforms to sway users on the digital landscape might be a first in military history.
Although the war of words on social media might be unexpected, propaganda and innovation have always gone hand in hand.
in case you missed it…
Join Trace as he calls out the fake photos of Hurricane Sandy, gets creeped out by a ghost nebula and finally explains how the giant moai statues were moved around on Easter Island!
America’s Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong
Taken from NPR:
In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and technology in the lives of young readers, ages 16 to 29.
Kathryn Zickuhr, the study’s main author, joins NPR’s David Greene to discuss the results.
Click here to read the full article.
i’d wager this is because of e-readers and the micro-pricing and commoditization of the book business.
plus it’s easer to read 50 shards of whatever when no one can see the cover.
This week in Discovery News Trace explores the mysterious creepiness (and odd diet) of the vampire squid, the unimaginable beauty of Van Gogh and the Hubble Space Telescope’s imagery, brought together at last, and the chance for you to be a pambassador.
Sounds like a nice little party. Ukelele’s. Guac. People. You in? Who wants to go?
Well, I just invited 20,000+ strangers to a picnic.
If you haven’t heard of it, The Listserve is an amazing experiment out of ITP where one person a day from the list is chosen to send one email out to everybody. I got picked a couple days ago.
Most of the time, people tell stories or give life advice or share recipes. I thought it’d be interesting to take it beyond the screen and bring it into a different medium: PICNICS.
Here’s what I wrote:
My name is Nicole. I live in Brooklyn, NY, work at Kickstarter, and I like knitting, tiny instruments, and avocados. I’m interested in internet communities, but what really tickles me is bridging that terrifying gap between cyberspace and meatspace.
So, let’s try something.
On Sunday, August 26th at 1 pm EST, I am going to be at the following coordinates:
(Note: If you’re using an iPhone, Google Maps does a weird thing where sometimes it shows you an incorrect pin on a path nearby, which isn’t the right place, but it should show the correct pin on a computer. If it looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere, it’s correct. Email me for details. Or leave it up to fate.)
I will bring a blanket, a kite, a ukulele, and food. You will be there too, bringing your friends, your dogs, your friends’ dogs, cookies, napkins, instruments, brown-bagged beer, and anything or anyone else you’d like. It’s entirely possible that it’ll just be you and me, sitting awkwardly around a bowl of browning guacamole. Or maybe it’ll be you and me and 20,915 of our closest internet friends. Who knows?
I have a mole under my eye and I’ll be wearing red.
See you soon.
I’ve gotten about 80 emails in 30 minutes, so it seems like it won’t just be me and a couple friends knitting under a tree. (I’ll try to respond to everyone, but it’ll probably take me a bit!)
And since I’ve already invited most of the internet, I think I should take this opportunity to invite everyone to this thing, even if you aren’t on The Listserve. You too. I’m inviting you.
As for more verbal directions to getting to those coordinates, here they are: if you enter Prospect Park from Grand Army Plaza, you’ll see a huge field. Walk across the field until you see a line of trees on a hill. I’ll be there with a picnic blanket I just ordered on Amazon.
So, see you Sunday, internet?
“ The deluge of criticism Komen faced on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr came two weeks after online protests led Congress to suspend an effort to pass anti-piracy legislation that some in the Internet community saw as a threat to online freedoms. It demonstrated again how social media can change the national conversation with head-snapping speed.”
According to a group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), led by associate professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Alessandro Acquisti, it is now even easier to identify and access your personal information from photos posted on the Internet
….In arguably the most disturbing experiment, Acquisti used students who had their date of birth and hometown publicly posted on their social network profile to predict their Social Security numbers (SSNs). By using techniques from a previous study showing that SSNs can be somewhat accurately guessed using public information, Acquisti correctly identified the first five digits of SSNs in 16 percent of the students. After four attempts, the accuracy rate jumped to 27 percent.
“ As social media play increasingly large roles in fomenting unrest in countries like Egypt and Iran, the military wants systems to be able to detect and track the spread of ideas both quickly and on a broad scale. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting innovative proposals to help build what would be, at its most basic level, an Internet meme tracker.”
I always kinda of suspected Topher was a DARPA project
The most obvious conclusion?
All of this cyberwarfare will, of course, make it even less clear what is real and what is synthetic on the Internet, but that is not the military’s problem and was possibly inevitable anyway.