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iPhone or Android/Mac or PC?
iPhone & Macbook. They were issued to me the day I became an insufferable Brooklyn cliché.
What word would the other producers use to describe you?
What embarrasses you about your media diet?
I read too many advice columns.
What would your cable news show be called?
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
What is your favorite thing about On the Media?
The hard-hitting Alex Goldman.
Earlier this week, a commenter named Y. Woodman Brown posted his online passwords in the Washington Post comments section to show just how little his online security mattered to him. It was quickly picked up by the press as an example of online security hubris. Naturally, we had to find him. Alex talks to Y. Woodman Brown and the person who hijacked his Twitter account after the passwords were posted.
A recent study seems to confirm what most of us already suspect - that Facebook activism isn’t likely, on its own, to lead to real world consequences. Researchers looked at the “Save Darfur” Facebook group and found that despite having 1.2 million members, the group only raised $100,000. That works out to a donation rate of 0.24 percent.
When internet writing goes terribly wrong.
This weekend, a teenager* directed a stupid terrorism joke at an airline's Twitter account. In return, the airline promised to send the FBI after the teenager. The teenager freaked out. That short exchange was retweeted over 30,000 times.
Google announced today that they’ll let anybody buy Google Glass, but for one day only. Previously, only a limited number of people were allowed in to Google’s beta test. But next Tuesday, if you’d like, you can plunk down $1,500 for a pair of internet spectacles.
Continuing our expose into the very hush-hush world of Silence, we look at an app that promises to deliver you four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence. PJ talks to Larry Larson, who helped design the 4'33" app.
YouTube's infamous for having one of the worst comment sections on the internet. There's no reason to ever read them. Unless you’re writer & filmmaker Mark Slutsky.
The dating site asked its users to boycott Mozilla's web browser because of the Mozilla CEO's anti-gay-marriage politics. Now that CEO has stepped down.
Happy Thursday morning everyone. We’re putting the finishing touches on this week’s episode. We missed you last week and we’re glad to be back. In the meantime, guess what we have for you?
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.
Oh dear. A new online calculator will tell you how many weeks (or months, or years) you've lost to your favorite shows.
If you read anything today that strains credulity or activates your sense of wonder, you should try to find a second source for it.
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.
Can a joke about racism be racist? Explaining #CancelColbert.
Here's your afternoon Moment of Zen.
So here’s one way to try to combat music piracy. The Wu-Tang Clan has announced that their next album will be limited to one, single copy.