Breaking News Consumers Handbook, Slow TV, and more

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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.

The Breaking News Consumer's Handbook

In September of 2013 we created a list of best practices that will help you, the media consumer, weed out bad information reported by the media in the wake of mass shootings. Why? Because the news after such events is invariably wrong in key respects.

You can see our print version of the Breaking News Consumer's Handbook by following this link, or you can print it out as a PDF the next time there's a breaking news event.

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Dare to Stream

Bob goes to Hollywood to track down the future of television and locates his laptop. A special report on streaming video, first aired in March of 2014.

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I Want My Slow TV!

Who needs “Duck Dynasty” or “Real Housewives” when you can watch a log burn for eight hours? A Norwegian network is taking reality TV to the next level by airing really calming stuff for long periods of time, like five continuous days of a ferry ride. 

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The Future History of the Newspaper Industry

For as long as the newspaper industry has existed, people have been prognosticating about what it would look like in the future. Last year Bob spoke with Matt Novak, the author of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog, about these predictions - some of which have been much more accurate than others.

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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 book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, journalist Clive Thompson offers a different take. Brooke spoke with Thompson last year about how all of the YouTube videos, blogs, Twitter feeds, and Wikipedia pages have produced a unique human intelligence.

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