About:Media — The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You

Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker, January 21, 2014 In 350 B.C., Aristotle was already wondering what could make content—in his case, a speech—persuasive and memorable, so that its ideas would pass from person to person. The answer, he argued, was three principles: ethos, pathos, and logos. Content should have an ethical appeal, an emotional appeal, […]

About:Media — Our wildest fantasy: if only the French ran America…

The Economist, Jan 18th 2014 THE citizens of the world’s most powerful country have recently been distracted by a piece of meaningless tittle-tattle. The current issue of People magazine has revealed what le tout Washington knew anyway: that Barack Obama has been having an affair with Jennifer Aniston. This intrusion took place despite the president’s […]

About:Media — 2014 Oscar Predictions: Who Will and Who Should Be Nominated

By Marlow Stern and Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast, January 15, 2014 Will Joaquin Phoenix make it? What about the Coen brothers? The Daily Beast’s resident Oscarologists debate who will—and who should—be nominated for the Oscars. Predicting the Academy Awards nominations can be a fool’s task sometimes. Remember when Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for directing […]

Prediction Markets — Will the economy crash in march?

By Minda Zetlin, inc.com, Jan 8, 2014 Somewhere between March and June of this year, look for a worldwide economic downturn that will cause huge losses in stock exchanges around the globe. That prediction comes from Gerald Celente, who heads the Trends Research Institute. For more than 25 years, Celente has been making predictions about […]

About:Media — Karl Rove’s Fearless Political Predictions for 2014

So what does my crystal ball say for 2014? Karl Rove’s Fearless Political Predictions for 2014: Will Obamas disapproval be higher than 53%? Karl Rove’s Fearless Political Predictions for 2014: Will Republicans keep the House? Karl Rove’s Fearless Political Predictions for 2014: How many Senate seats will the GOP have? Karl Rove’s Fearless Political Predictions […]

About:Media — Retraction for our 1863 editorial calling Gettysburg Address ‘silly remarks’

By Patriot-News Editorial Board, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 We write today in reconsideration of “The Gettysburg Address,” delivered by then-President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the greatest conflict seen on American soil. Our predecessors, perhaps under the influence of partisanship, or of strong drink, as was common in the profession at the time, called […]

About:Media — NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations explained

By The Guardian, Friday Nov. 01, 2013 When Edward Snowden met journalists in his cramped room in Hong Kong’s Mira hotel in June, his mission was ambitious. Amid the clutter of laundry, meal trays and his four laptops, he wanted to start a debate about mass surveillance. He succeeded beyond anything the journalists or Snowden […]

About:Media — 3 tips to help journalists debunk misinformation

By Craig Silverman, Poynter., Monday Oct. 21, 2013 Having the truth on your side is a necessary thing when trying to debunk misinformation. But it’s far from enough. The truth alone does not change minds, create belief. Convincing people of your argument, or correcting someone else’s lies, requires more than unearthing the truth and reciting […]

About:Media — A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link

By David Carr, The New York Times, September 8, 2013 Barrett Brown makes for a pretty complicated victim. A Dallas-based journalist obsessed with the government’s ties to private security firms, Mr. Brown has been in jail for a year, facing charges that carry a combined penalty of more than 100 years in prison. In December […]

Prediction Markets — 10 worst tech predictions of all time

By Mark Spoonauer, Laptop, Saturday Aug. 10, 2013 In the technology world, bold predictions abound, and they should. Placing big bets in one direction or another is how this industry works. Some pundits try to make educated guesses about where tech is headed, while others prognosticate in reaction to disruptive technologies that could boost (or […]