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Facebook Paper

By Scott Jacobs

On the eve of its 10th anniversary, Facebook came out with a new app for the iPhone called Paper that I’m afraid I might come to love. MORE...

The Story Behind the Story of Famous Ski Hills in Wisconsin

By Scott Jacobs

I have a book coming out in April called Famous Ski Hills in Wisconsin (And Other Delusions of Grandeur). It’s a lot like my last book – only funnier. MORE...

Twitter: The New Newspaper

By Scott Jacobs

The social networking site Twitter has established a new media blog assessing its impact on the news. One of its first offerings is an analysis of how the Boston Globe used Twitter to cover the story of the Boston marathon bombing – and the remarkable revelation that Twitter generated 6,151,203 tweets about the bombing on the first day of the incident. MORE...

Big Data is Watching

By Stump Connolly

The revelation that the National Security Agency is monitoring billions of phone calls and Internet communications every day reminds me of that moment in Casablanca when Captain Renault tells Rick, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here!” MORE...

I Want Fewer Friends

By Scott Jacobs

I don’t know if this has happened to you, but lately I’ve been getting endorsed on LinkedIn for skills I don’t have. By people I don’t even know. What am I supposed to do? Endorse them back? MORE...

House of Cards

By Scott Jacobs

I usually shy away from reviewing political dramas on TV, but the recent series House of Cards –– now available exclusively on Netflix –– is so good it has the potential to change politics and TV, and that’s worth a comment or two. MORE...

Happy Holidays

By Charles Osgood

Lennie wishes you Holiday Holidays. And so do we. MORE...

Gone Fishin’

By The Editors

Actually, still watching the Olympics . . . and resting up for Tampa! Stay tuned. MORE...

They Laughed When I Sat Down to Tune

By Sal Thomas

We’re going a little far afield from the usual fare this week, but there’s been a breakthrough in piano tuning you should know about. It’s called an algorithm. MORE...

Who’s Watching, Who’s Surfing, Who Cares?

By Sal Thomas

Not a day goes by that we aren’t treated to an announcement of a new media platform in our lives. If it’s not a new video service on the Internet or an app for the iPhone, it’s a new way to bring the Internet to your traditional TV.

The abundance of offerings is splintering the television audience, and evidence of who is watching what remains pretty much anecdotal. Two recent studies, however, bring into focus the shifting media landscape. One by the Nielsen rating service measures television viewership on various media devices. The other by the Pew Research Center tracks how we get our news. And the good news is? American are watching more TV than ever––about 22 minutes more per month per person––and we don’t have a wit more of intelligence to show for it. MORE...