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Dissecting the Media After Michael Brown

Friday, August 22, 2014

From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown, how media coverage unspools. Also, the #ISISmediablackout after James Foley's murder, and how the music of reality TV manipulates viewers. 

TLDR #34 - The Accidental Outing of Rwanda's Most Powerful Troll

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Steve Terrill is a journalist who worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda's president to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign.
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Tweets and Vines change Ferguson Coverage, Cameras in the Courtroom, and More

Friday, August 15, 2014

How a virtual livestream of tweets and vines after the Michael Brown shooting changed coverage, remembering the first gavel-gavel coverage of a court case, and fact and fiction on Shark Week.

TLDR #33 - Unfollow A Man

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A few weeks ago, writer Katie Notopoulos created a holiday called Unfollow a Man Day, wherein everyone (women and men) was encouraged to Unfollow a Man on social media. Men's rights activists were enraged, cable news was intrigued, and a lot of people felt quiet relief. This week PJ talks to Katie about her mission and her manifesto.

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THIS WEEK ROBOTS! (AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE)

Friday, August 08, 2014

A special theme hour - starring a computer competing against a comedian for laughs, the Army's recruitment chatbot, and Google crushing on robots. 

TLDR #32 - An Imperfect Match

Monday, August 04, 2014

Last week, dating site OK Cupid put up a blog post describing experiments it conducted on its users. In one experiment, the site told users who were bad matches for one another that they were actually good matches, and vice versa. Alex and PJ talk to OK Cupid President and co-founder Christian Rudder about the ubiquity of online user experimentation and his defense of potentially sending OK Cupid's users on bad dates.

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Breaking News Consumers Handbook, Slow TV, and more

Friday, August 01, 2014

How to parse early coverage of breaking news events, Norway's slow TV phenomenon, and a report on the streaming-video revolution.

TLDR #6 - Ghost Town

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This is a repeat of TLDR #6. This episode contains some explicit language.

Before the Internet as we know it today, there were text-based bulletin board systems all over the country that people could dial into. One of those systems, M-net, happened to live in Alex's backyard, and it was his internet home base for the better part of a decade. Alex went back this week and found out that it's actually still running.

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War of Words In Israel-Palestine, Downed Planes, and Dark Humor

Friday, July 25, 2014

A breaking news consumer's handbook for plane crashes, the challenges of choosing the right words in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and humor when the news is bleak. 

TLDR #31 - Race Swap

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Internet you experience depends on who the Internet thinks you are.

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A Breakthrough HIV Drug, Chronicling Gun Violence, and SIMS

Friday, July 18, 2014

How a pill called Truvada is changing the face of gay sex, reporting on every gun death in America, and why Central Americans continue to make the perilous journey north. 

TLDR #8 - THE PACE PICANTE SALSA ROBOT HAS GONE HAYWIRE

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This is a repeat of TLDR #8. This episode contains some explicit language.

This week, we investigate one of the few internet hoaxes we actually deeply enjoyed being fooled by -- about a social media bot for Pace Picante Salsa going insane and inadvertently revealing an entire world of corporate conspiracy. We talk to the comedian behind the hoax, Randy Liedtke, who has his own very funny podcast called The Bone Zone.

 

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Getting Fired for a FOIA, A Chicago Crime Reporter, Cold Cases and More

Friday, July 11, 2014

A CIA agent gets fired over a FOIA request, the truth behind the current immigration crisis, and the Chicago Tribune’s overnight crime reporter on covering endless shootings. 

TLDR #2 - Stereotyped

Monday, July 07, 2014

This is a repeat of TLDR #2.

Christopher Hermelin has a project called "The Roving Typist," where he writes stories for people in the park on his typewriter. One day last summer, he found his photo posted to Reddit, and suddenly his image was the butt of jokes all over the internet. We talked to him about what it feels like to become a meme.

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Breaking Bad in Spanish, the "Hispanic Walter Cronkite", and More

Friday, July 04, 2014

An exploration of Hispanic media today, including the remaking of popular American shows into Spanish, a conversation with Hispanic TV's star newscaster, and a challenge to Bob and Brooke to discuss it all without sucking.

TLDR #30 - The Russian Troll Army

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last month, documents surfaced that showed a company called the Internet Research Agency was paying people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day. Alex talks to Buzzfeed's Max Seddon about why they do it, and how successful they actually are at swaying public opinion.

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Egypt's Press Suppression, True Crime, and More

Friday, June 27, 2014

How the suppression of a free press in Egypt is reversing the course of the Arab Spring, challenging the conventional wisdom on student debt, a defense of True Crime, and more.

ISIS's Media Offensive, Online Death Threats, and What NPR Is (and Isn't)

Friday, June 20, 2014

ISIS's Twitter and television offensive, the effects of language on your morals, and what NPR is and what it isn't. 

TLDR #29 - Olivia Taters, Robot Teenager

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rob Dubbin accidentally built a teenage girl named Olivia Taters who lives on the internet. She may not always communicate in complete sentences, but she's convincing enough that teenagers actually converse with her. Also, she's very, very funny. PJ talks to Dubbin about how Olivia came into existence, and what she's been talking about lately.

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The Bergdahl Controversy, The Slenderman Panic, and a Cantor Narrative

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week On the Media analyzes the Bowe Bergdahl controversy - the story of a prisoner exchange that has quickly become a partisan issue. Plus, a conversation with the creator of Slender Man - the online horror meme at the center of at least two deadly assaults.