Breaking News Consumer's Handbook, Detainment at US Borders, and More

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Brooke looks at ways for news consumers to filter bad information during big events, producer Sarah Abdurrahman talks about being detained at the US border as a US citizen without explanation, and Clive Thompson talks about his new book Smarter Than You Think.

The Breaking News Consumer's Handbook

We've decided to bring you a list of best practices that will help you, the media consumer, weed out bad information the next time an event like this takes place.

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My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country and Hate Border Agents*

Earlier this month, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation. Sarah tells the story of their detainment, and her difficulty getting any answers from one of the least transparent agencies in the country.

William Tyler - Country of Illusion

[Hi folks. This piece has been getting a lot of traffic, so we wanted to direct you to more of Sarah's enormously good reporting if you're interested. A nice place to start is her firsthand account of what it was like to coordinate information for anti-Gaddafi rebels, or her profile last month of the newly launched Al-Jazeera America. Or you can just go here for all of her OTM appearances.]

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Tracking Your Steps

Last week the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project released a report stating that 74 percent of adult smart phone owners use their phones to get information based on their current location. As more websites and applications start picking up on this trend by launching mobile geo-navigation applications, Brooke talks to geographer Jim Thatcher about what data these apps are taking from our locations, and how is that data being used?

Night Thoughts - John Zorn

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Technology Making Us "Smarter Than You Think"

With every advance in technology, skeptics lament the loss of a more meaningful and simpler time, arguing that attention spans are shrinking and critical thinking is corroding. But in his new book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better, journalist Clive Thompson offers a different take. Brooke talks with Thompson about how all of the YouTube videos, blogs, Twitter feeds, Wikipedia pages – from the mundane to the informative – have produced a unique human intelligence. 

Brad Mehldau - Blackbird

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