June 10, 2011

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Friday, June 10, 2011

A Texas massacre that wasn't, a visit to internet week and a new movie about the extremes of virtual life.

Psychic Tips, Media Frenzies and Texas

The New York Times tweeted “Up to 30 Dismembered Bodies Found Near Houston, Reuters Reports.” CNN covered the story. ABC News tweeted it. Several other news organizations piled on to make the gruesome story international news. One problem: the story wasn’t true. Bigger problem: it was really really not ...

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The Paleozoic Internet

One way to think of the internet is as an infinitely expanding trove of ephemera. While we assume that all of the videos, links, jokes, blog posts and one-off websites are there forever, it's actually extremely difficult to archive the net. Bob checks in with a group of digital archaeologists, ...

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An Internet Archivist Recommits to Books

A funny thing happened while Brewster Kahle was fighting valiantly to preserve the digital life of the internet at the Internet Archive … he fell for books. After 15 years of relentlessly preserving and guaranteeing access to the fading history of life online, Kahle explains why he’s recently undertaken an ...

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Life 2.0

Filmmaker Jason Spingarn-Koff has made a documentary about the online virtual world Second Life. His film follows people who've gotten hooked on the game, people who use it to make a living, to escape themselves, and to commit infidelity. Bob talks to Spingarn-Koff about his film.

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Computing “That’s What She Said”

The “that’s what she said” joke has spawned a website, numerous blogs, a music video and now a computer program that’s in on the joke. University of Washington computer scientists recently unveiled a semantic software that can recognize and rate sexually suggestive sentences for "that's what she said" potential. Jacob ...

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