Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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‘The Onion’ apologizes for a doozy of a vulgar tweet

Of all the people they could target at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, the Onion targeted nine-year-old actress Quvenzhan√© Wallis for a horrible tweet. After an hour of outrage, the online news site took it down. And on Monday, the satirical news site issued an uncharacteristically sincere apology.

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Mon, February 25 2013 » Film, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘The Onion’ apologizes for a doozy of a vulgar tweet

Social media tips for covering U.S. election night

Both of these are from the Poynter Institute: 1. The eight commandments of tweeting on Election Day 2. Six social media mistakes to avoid this Election Day Of the two, ‘six mistakes’ is the more substantial read.

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Mon, November 5 2012 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Social media tips for covering U.S. election night

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 on Meet Violentacrez, the king troll of Reddit

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 on The ‘dark’ social network

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 on Ease up on the social media overdependency, news media

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 on Night of the media pundit – An evening with David Carr

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 on Facebook and its frictionless eavesdropping

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 on Can mainstream media compete with propaganda?