Category Archives: Food for Thought

The Highest Monkey bids farewell

Dearest loving readers, the time has come for the Highest Monkey to say adieu. After an entire semester’s worth of blogging, PLSC 277 is officially disbanding for summer break and so is our blog. It has been an incredible experience … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Corporate Klout

Klout has launched a new service for companies, allowing them to engage with influential Facebook users. The service, which measure’s one’s impact within social networks, will now help companies connect with those powerful individuals to promote their brand online. Bookmark on … Continue reading

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Food for thought: And the Pulitzer winners are..

What a perfect way to end this class – with the announcement of the Pulitzer winners. The biggest surprise this year came from new media. Online news outlets The Huffington Post and Politico both won their first Pulitzer Prizes, a … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: How Open is the Internet?

In this map, the Guardian has government meddling in websites dedicated to human rights, political opposition, or support for minorities around the world. True to Guardian style, the map is interactive, and users can download the full data set to analyze … Continue reading

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Food for thought: Google glasses?

You thought the iPhone 4S was something to “wow” over? Think again. If Google glasses actually comes through, it will completely revolutionize the way in which we see the world (literally). Read more in the NYT article. Bookmark on Delicious … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Google’s Questions on the Future of Journalism

At a recent conference on Google’s Mountain View campus, the head of the company’s news services posed eight questions about the future of journalism in an online world. His questions largely address the changing architecture of online media platforms, and … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: “Hillz” on Tumblr

Here is another example of the impact politicians can make by responding to social media themselves.  In this case, Hillary Clinton makes a big splash on Tumblr. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Facebook and Instagram

In a merger of two popular new media services, Facebook announced that it will acquire Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stocks. Instagram will retain its independent social network of photographers, but will become more closely connected with Facebook’s … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Saving the Newspapers

In his New York Times column, David Carr writes that increasingly, the superrich are purchasing struggling metro dailies. These new owners are wealthy enough to afford adding hemorrhaging papers to their financial portfolios, but they’re also some of the most influential … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Data Collection on Facebook Apps

An article in the WSJ yesterday provides a comprehensive look at which Facebook apps mine your data, how they do it, and how the information can be used. It also discusses how people have become habituated to the app warnings, increasing … Continue reading

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