Friday, September 05, 2014
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Friday, August 22, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Alex Goldman
Friday, August 15, 2014
How a virtual livestream of tweets and vines after the Michael Brown shooting changed coverage, remembering the first gavel-gavel coverage of a court case, and fact and fiction on Shark Week.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Covering tragedies like the shooting death of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown are difficult for MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee, but he feels a personal responsibility to continue. “As a black journalist who is tasked with trying to go out the stories about how we live and how we die, and how we overcome, and how our institutions have failed us, it does weigh on you. But if not me, who else?”
Friday, August 08, 2014
Sergeant Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist. Alex Goldman of our podcast TLDR wasn't sure how he felt about that, so he talked to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to consider the pros and cons of deploying a Siri to guide our decision to go to war.
This story originally appeared in a longer form on the TLDR Podcast. If you would like to hear a longer version of this story and Alex's update with Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, follow this link.
Music: Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator. Special thanks to @M0X1 (Mo Xie) for the suggestion on Twitter!
Monday, August 04, 2014
Last week, dating site OK Cupid put up a blog post describing experiments it conducted on its users. In one experiment, the site told users who were bad matches for one another that they were actually good matches, and vice versa. Alex and PJ talk to OK Cupid President and co-founder Christian Rudder about the ubiquity of online user experimentation and his defense of potentially sending OK Cupid's users on bad dates.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Some users of dating site OkCupid are upset at revelations that it was deliberately experimenting on its users by taking people who were bad matches and telling they were actually good for one another.