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Kevin Kelly, “Scan This Book,”

2018-04-01T12:09:07+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Elaboration, Media, Uncategorized|

“Science is on a long-term campaign to bring all knowledge in the world into one vast, interconnected, footnoted, peer-reviewed web of facts. Independent facts, even those that make sense in their own world, are of little value to science. (The pseudo-and para-sciences are nothing less, in fact, than small pools of knowledge that are not

The Psychology Of Fake News

2018-03-29T04:27:56+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Categories: Media, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

In a paper published in March in the journal Science, David Lazer, Matthew Baum and 14 co-authors consider what we do and don't know about the science of fake news. They define fake news as "fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent," and they go on to discuss problems

Signifiers Curate

2018-04-20T08:50:28+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Media, Uncategorized|Tags: |

But “curate” is a little different. It is not a word imposed, but one adopted eagerly, even anxiously, by those who use it, because it bestows the prestige of cultivation, learning, and esprit de finesse upon activities that might otherwise seem plain and unexceptional, even vulgar. — Read on

Online copyright infringement is up

2018-03-21T14:25:04+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: Media, Uncategorized|Tags: |

During the Napster wars, Bruce Schneier famously quipped, "Making bits harder to copy is like making water less wet." In the intervening years, legitimate/authorized services have grown and grown, generating more and more revenue for rightsholders and media companies. At the same time, copyright infringement has grown and grown -- and there's good evidence that…

Tim Berners-Lee on the Web

2018-03-18T04:51:06+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Categories: Media, Technology, Uncategorized|

It’s dangerous having a handful of companies control how ideas and opinions are shared. A regulator may be needed Tim Berners-Lee The threats to the web today are real – from misinformation and questionable political advertising to a loss of control over our personal data. But I remain committed to making sure the web is

A Fight Over AT&T, Time Warner, and the Future of TV

2018-03-16T07:00:26+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Categories: Media, Technology, Uncategorized|

The Justice Department’s bid to block AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner is set to head to trial next week, in one of the most anticipated antitrust battles in years. The deal, if approved, would create a media giant that combines AT&T’s nationwide mobile and satellite distribution networks with Time Warner’s huge collection of popular movies

Amazon isn’t playing the same game as Netflix

2018-03-15T14:26:22+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Media, Uncategorized|

Despite Prime Video’s status as a major contender when it comes to streaming video providers, Amazon has been notoriously secretive when it comes to talking numbers. That remains the case even now, as the company has yet to confirm or deny anything about the documents and the numbers contained within them. These numbers put the

In Hollywood, Cutting the Cord

2018-03-14T17:11:50+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Media, Technology, Uncategorized|

Tech We’re Using: In Hollywood, Cutting the Cord and Other Disruptions — Read on

What Kills Good Movies

2018-03-14T17:27:12+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Media, Uncategorized|

Two of my fellow-critics have gotten the ball rolling. Inspired by a tweet from Matt Zoller Seitz, David Ehrlich asked me and other film critics a provocative question for the latest of his weekly IndieWire surveys: my choice for a film maudit, a “widely despised and/or financially unsuccessful movie” from the last two years that will turn out

Gaslighting for Dummies

2018-03-14T04:34:00+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Media, Psychology, Uncategorized|

In 1938, British playwright Patrick Hamilton's work, "Gas Light," was produced in London, and ran for six months. Then it was adapted into a 1940 movie, titled "Gaslight," directed by Thorold Dickinson and starring Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard. Four years later, it debuted as an MGM film, featuring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman, with