Trayvon Martin, Divorcing Google, and More

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Trayvon Martin, a man who divorced Google, and social networking from beyond the grave.  

Why the Trayvon Martin Story Took So Long to Gain Traction

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by his neighbor on Feburary 26th, but the story didn't become ubiquitous until this past week. Trymaine Lee has been covering the story since very early on for the Huffington Post -- he talks to Brooke about why the story took so long to spread. 

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Reporting Fatigue

Atlantic editor Ta-Nehisi Coates has also been covering the Trayvon Martin story since very early on. However, he tells Brooke that he hesitated for a couple weeks before he started writing about the story. Coates says he sees so many stories about young black men who are killed in questionable circumstances, and those stories are rarely covered by the media. 


Breton - The Commission

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The Lure of Reporting About Southern Stereotypes

In the lead-up to the Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries the media seized on poll results which revealed surprising views on interracial marriage and Barack Obama's religion among likely Republican primary voters. Public Policy Polling, who conducted the poll, also asked people who they'd be voting for, but that information wasn't as attention-getting. Bob speaks with Michelle Cottle, a Southerner herself, who has been keeping tabs on media coverage of the polls for The Daily Beast


New Country Rehab - Ramblin' Man

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The Curator's Code

One of the greatest assets of the internet is that it leads to great content discoveries that readers might not otherwise be able to find. One of the biggest liabilities is that content is frequently repackaged without crediting its creators or where it was found. Brooke talks to Maria Popova, editor of the website Brain Pickings and one of the creators of the Curator's Code, which seeks to honor the way people discover content online.

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Divorcing Google

This week, two class action lawsuits were filed by privacy advocates against Google, because under their new privacy policy, the company can pool user data collected from all of its web services into one place. Software researcher Tom Henderson reacted in a different way: he decided to stop using all of Google's services. Bob speaks with Tom about how he “divorced Google.”


Daniel Rossen - Up On High

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The Archive Team

Most of us think nothing of putting our lives in the cloud; photos in Flickr, videos on YouTube, most everything on Facebook.  But what about when those services abruptly go away, taking all of our collective contributions with them?  Well Jason Scott operates on the assumption that everything online will one day disappear.  He explains to Bob why he and the Archive Team are dedicated to saving user-generated content for posterity.

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An Archive of Soccer Fan Chants

The impulse to archive isn't restricted to dying languages or ancient relics. Sometimes you archive something simply because you love it. is a repository of more than 20,000 soccer fan chants from all over the world. It started as a business and remains one - but it's become a labor of love. Bob speaks with Michael Dennis, a co-founder of Fan Chants. 

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Updating Your Social Media After You Die

With social media, so much of our interactions with the world now live online, even after we may not be living at all. Brooke talks to James Norris, the founder of the website Deadsocial about prolonging social media relationships after death.