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Kony 2012 Backlash, Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads, and More

Friday, March 16, 2012

Assessing the viral Kony 2012 campaign, new legislation in Mexico that makes attacks on journalists a federal offense, and using graphic imagery to discourage smoking.

Tracking Pundit Predictions, Correcting Wikipedia, and More

Friday, March 09, 2012

Holding pundits accountable for their predictions, a professor's attempt to correct a fact on Wikipedia and pulling advertisements after controversy.

Rocking the Vote in Iran, Faking Sounds of Violence in Movies, and More

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Iranian government's push to get voters to the polls, a transparency grenade that explodes information onto the internet, and faking sounds of violence in movies.

Reporting from Syria, the lifespan of a fact, and More

Friday, February 24, 2012

The perils of reporting from Syria, the familiar drum beat of war in Iran, fact-checking and the nature of truth, and how hollywood can't produce a realistic newscast.

Linsanity, Why Adele makes us cry, and more

Friday, February 17, 2012

The media's fascination with Jeremy Lin, challenging the status quo on Russian television, and the science behind the songs that make us cry.

Graphic videos from Syria, covering the political horse race, and more

Friday, February 10, 2012

To Tweet or not to Tweet graphic videos out of Syria, the seduction of covering the political horse race, and virtual pacifism in video games.

The Facebook Show

Friday, February 03, 2012

An Austrian man who got Facebook to give him everything they had on him, a writer whose rapist friended her on Facebook, the value of a "Like."

Max Richter - Berlin by Overnight

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Supreme Court Justices at the State of the Union Address, Internet as Human Right, and more

Friday, January 27, 2012

The strange tradition of Supreme Court Justices attending Presidential State of the Union Addresses, the future of warantless GPS tracking, and exploring the question of internet as a human right.

Online Piracy, Superpacs and More

Friday, January 20, 2012

The amazing story of the Megaupload take down, Italy's National Order of Journalists, and a man searches in vain for data produced by his own heart. 

Telegraph Hackers, Naked Statues, and More

Friday, January 13, 2012

A look back at a hacker from 1903, a story about Mitt Romney's dog that won't go away, and Supreme Court Justices looking at naked statues. 

Disclosing Political Ad Buys, Gambling Online and More

Friday, January 06, 2012

The benefit and burden of disclosing political ad buys online, new rules for internet gambling and using laugh tracks on TV.

Last Year's Errors, Next Year's Predictions and More

Friday, December 30, 2011

Major media errors of 2011, predictions for the media in 2012 and comment sections online.

Egyptian Military Brutality, misleading political polls and more

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Egyptian military's brutal turn on protesters, the usefulness of private versus public political polls and the process of developing apps for mobile devices.

Texting While Driving, Space Madness and More

Friday, December 16, 2011

A proposed ban on texting while driving, morning show payola, the state of the art of fact checking, the role of journalists at the end of the world, and the pop-culture myth of space madness.

Fox News Gets Tough on Candidates and More

Friday, December 09, 2011

The upside of debates, government seizure of domain names, a free speech loophole in Malaysia, and a Cambodian journalist spends 10 years as a one man truth and reconciliation commission.

Revenge Porn, Cyber Warfare and More

Friday, December 02, 2011

Posting nude picture of others online for revenge, a former News of the World reporter exposes underhanded tabloid techniques, and the real threat of cyber warfare.

The SuperCommittee, scandals and more

Friday, November 25, 2011

The failure of the Supercommittee, how our biases blind us to obvious economic truths, and a collection of our favorite stories about scandals.

Covering the NBA Lockout and More

Friday, November 18, 2011

The challenges faced by sports journalists covering the NBA lockout, a new attitude in the Middle East against regimes killing their own people and the story of a joke Facebook game that became more popular than its designer ever imagined.

Murdochs in the Hot Seat and More

Friday, November 11, 2011

The firing of Joe Paterno, the morally hazardous world of monetized hyperlinks, surveilling yourself so the FBI won't have to, and the media's preoccupation with dissociative identity disorder (AKA multiple personality disorder.)

Journalists Holding Signs and More

Friday, November 04, 2011

The rise of SuperPacs, trying to take down the adult section of Backpage.com and a former WNYC freelancer discusses her dismissal after participating in Occupy Wall Street.