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Link Ch. 15 – Dangers of reporting from Syria

With the war raging in Syria, it’s a very dangerous place for reporters trying to cover the fighting.  Here are several articles on the subject: Journalism in Syria, impossible job? – Reporters Without Borders Islamic State claims it executed American … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 13 – PATRIOT Act Readings

Here’s a bit more depth on a couple of PATRIOT Act implications: Wired – Few Companies Fight PATRIOT Act Gag Orders, FBI Admits Center for Democracy and Technology - Issue brief: Bulk collection of records under Section 215 of the PATRIOT … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 13 – Who Owns Your Social Media Content?

You might be surprised if you haven’t read your endless Terms of Service (TOS). PBS Media Shift – Who really owns your photos in social media (Updated 2013 Edition) As is so often the case, it depends… Social Media Explorer … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 13 – Libel, Privacy & Social Media

Several readings on (you guessed it!) libel, privacy and social media: Common Law Invasion of Privacy Claims in Social Media Adrean S. Taylor (Wasscom.com) Good review of what is and isn’t invasion of privacy based on social media content. Courtney … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 12 – Velveeta and the Cheesepocalypse

The news broke the first week of January 2014. Football fans in the heat of the NFL playoffs were facing potential disaster. It wasn’t a potential strike of NFL players or a lockout by management. And it wasn’t a dispute … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 11 – Native Ads

Here are some of the native ads we’ve discussed in Mass Communication: Living in a  Media World. Southwest Airlines Rolls Out New ‘Loyalty Goes Both Ways’ Campaign The Atlantic’s Scientology Native Ad

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Porn and New Technology

“I was disappointed that pornography got to the Net. But I’ve come to learn that pornographers are almost always the first ones to adopt new technology. If there is a new way of distributing their product, they’ll find it.” -Vint Cerf, … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 10 – A Fish Named Grayson is Playing Pokemon for a National Audience

As I worked on the fifth edition of Mass Communication: Living in a Media World during the summer of 2014, a fish named Grayson was playing the video games Pokémon Red and Blue on a Game Boy emulator using a motion sensor … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 9 – NY Times Draws Controversy Calling Shonda Rhimes an “Angry Black Woman”

The story in the New York Times started out provocatively: When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.” That opening line, and a story that went on to … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 9 – I Love Lucy

As I write this in mid-October, 2014 it is hard to know which, if any, of the episodes of the classic TV series I Love Lucy will remain available for free online.  CBS has just announced their new pay service for … Continue reading

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