Technology

On The Media

Samsung Tricked The President Into a Taking a Product Placement Selfie

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

At a White House event, Red Sox player David Ortiz "spontaneously" whipped out his phone and took a selfie with Obama. Turns out, Samsung orchestrated the whole thing.

Read More

Comments [2]

On The Media

A Calculator To Tell You How Many Weeks (Or Months, Or Years) You've Spent Watching TV

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Oh dear. A new online calculator will tell you how many weeks (or months, or years) you've lost to your favorite shows.

Read More

Comments [1]

On The Media

A Six (and a Half) Year Old Explains New Yorker Cartoons

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Yorker cartoons are weird. Sometimes they're funny in the traditional sense. Sometimes they're incomprehensible. Sometimes they're adjacent to funny - gestures towards this thing that is like humor but isn't quite humor. 

Read More

Comments [5]

On The Media

Why a Large Part of the Internet Is Mad at Stephen Colbert

Friday, March 28, 2014

Can a joke about racism be racist? Explaining #CancelColbert.

Read More

Comments [21]

On The Media

A Crisis of Cartographic Proportions

Friday, March 28, 2014

While Russia annexed Crimea with scarcely a shot fired, the crisis has grown heated between cartographers. An editing war broke out on Wikipedia's map of Russia, and National Geographic sparked outrage by suggesting it would map Crimea as Russian territory once the Kremlin made it official. Bob talks with Michael Blanding, author of the forthcoming book The Map Thief, about how map-making by nature is a risky geopolitical game.

Comments [6]

On The Media

How Much Oil Really Spilled?

Friday, March 28, 2014

On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Southwest Alaska, the media reported, as they have since the disaster happened, that the amount of oil spilled was 11 million gallons. In 2010, Brooke spoke with Riki Ott - a marine toxicologist and author - who explained that the 11 million number is in fact a disputed figure the media have incorrectly adopted.

 

Comments [4]

On The Media

The World According to Google Maps

Friday, March 28, 2014

On Google Maps, Crimea is still a part of Ukraine, though Vladimir Putin is urging the mapping behemoth to redraw Russia's borders to include the Black Sea peninsula. Whatever Google decides, it’s sure to be politically and culturally fraught.

Comments [2]

On The Media

The Internet Archive Has Started Uploading 40,000 Videotapes Worth of TV News

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fast Company reports that the Internet Archive has begun uploading its collection of years and years of TV news recorded by Marion Stokes and bequeathed to the collection. 

Read More

Comment

On The Media

A Time Machine Built From TV's "The Office"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Too many things on the Internet get called amazing. I wish I could retract every time I called something amazing, so that I could call this amazing and have it mean something. Joe Sabia has created "The Office Time Machine." Enter any year (all the way back through BC) and you'll get an Office clip that includes a reference to that year. 

Read More

Comment

On The Media

When Your Favorite TV Show Jumped the Shark, In Graph Form

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Internet TV criticism means that we scrutinize each episode more minutely than we ever have before. Here's how to know if we're right.

Read More

Comments [1]

On The Media

Holding Algorithms Accountable

Friday, March 21, 2014

When an earthquake sent tremors through Los Angeles this week, an algorithm called Quakebot allowed the LA Times to release the news faster than any other media outlet. Bob talks with Nick Diakopoulos, a Tow Fellow at Columbia Journalism School, about what reporters should keep in mind as algorithms increasingly play a role in newsrooms.

Comments [1]

On The Media

So Many Keys

Friday, March 21, 2014

Four times a year, members of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICAAN, take part in an elaborate ceremony (iris scanners!) designed to assure the world that the organization is doing its best to keep the web connected and safe. Brooke explains the meeting of the keyholders, with insight from Guardian reporter James Ball, who attended one of the ceremonies last month.

Comments [2]

On The Media

The Shifting State of Internet Governance

Friday, March 21, 2014

The seemingly arcane business of running the web recently made headlines when the United States government agreed to cede control of the Internet's global address book, also known as the Domain Name System (DNS). Bob talks with Bloomberg Businessweek's Brendan Greeley about the move and the future of internet governance.

Comments [3]

On The Media

Not-So-Private Metadata

Friday, March 21, 2014

The NSA has defended its controversial surveillance program by arguing that it just collects metadata, and therefore doesn't violate the privacy of individual Americans. But computer scientists at Stanford Security Lab have conducted their own simulation of the NSA's program, and found the metadata to be inherently revealing. Bob speaks with Jonathan Mayer, one of the researchers on the project, about how much can be learned just from the numbers.

Comments [2]

On The Media

Cold War 2.0, The Guardians of the Internet, and More

Friday, March 21, 2014

Russia's new propaganda war, not-so-private metadata, and the people with the keys to the internet.

On The Media

Company Starts Offering Anti-Google Glass Recognition Services

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Google Glass has been crazily divisive in San Francisco, where businesses are banning its usage and fights have erupted over people who are wearing it. A company called Reputation Management Consultants says it has found an elegant solution - Anti Glass, a service which will stymie people from using the device to look you up online.

Read More

Comments [2]