Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Meet Violentacrez, the king troll of Reddit

Adrian Chen of Gawker has written a remarkable story about a 49-year-old family man who is responsible for some of the worst content on Reddit, the sprawling online community called the Internet’s front page.

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Sat, October 13 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

The ‘dark’ social network

Web 2.0 did not mark the start of the social Internet, argues Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic. And the untraceable dark/direct sharing from tools such as instant messages and email still account for almost 70 per cent of the total social sharing at media sites, Madrigal wrote in an Oct. 12 posting.

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Sat, October 13 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Ease up on the social media overdependency, news media

Craig Kanalley of the Huffington Post thinks the news media should reconsider its current obsession with social media.

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Mon, October 8 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Night of the media pundit – An evening with David Carr

A sold-out room full of media managers, working journalists and lesser mortals gathered on Sept. 13 to hear the musings of one David Carr, media columnist for the New York Times and author of the harrowing memoir The Night of the Gun. The event was headlined Yes Genius, the Sky is Falling. So Now What? […]

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Fri, September 14 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Some NYT advances in social media use

Getting more personal and focusing the content to the platform are some principles guiding advances in social media use at the New York Times.

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Tue, August 7 2012 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

About those digital riches for newspapers

It seems that replacing print dollars with even digital dimes will be tougher than newspaper organizations thought. Digital ad sales are stagnant or even falling at some news companies.

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Wed, May 9 2012 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Facebook and its frictionless eavesdropping

Ivor Tossell turned his gimlet eye to the topic of Facebook’s frictionless sharing, one more step to have everyone operating completely stripped of privacy in its sphere.

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Wed, April 11 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Can mainstream media compete with propaganda?

In the wake of the controversial Stop Kony video campaign aimed at accused African war criminal Joseph Kony, which has garnered more than 78 million YouTube views and counting, Globe and Mail writer Simon Houpt suggests that the term “mainstream media” is now obsolete. Maybe a corollary issue is that effectively-distributed propaganda, even the well-meaning […]

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Wed, March 14 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Tweeting the Tori Stafford trial

It was probably the most disturbing day of testimony heard in a Canadian court since evidence was presented in the Russell Williams case. So how did reporters handle the job of tweeting the evidence in the first-degree murder trial of Michael Rafferty in connection with the death of Woodstock, Ont. girl Tori Stafford? I looked […]

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Wed, March 14 2012 » Main Page, Media » 3 Comments

Facebook, lists and journalists

Facebook has borrowed a good idea from Twitter — lists. A Poynter Institute article gives some tips on how journalists can use them. The caveats, however, are the most useful tips.

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Sat, March 10 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off