Social Media

The Takeaway

How Facebook is Hurting & Helping Student Writing

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Most of us these days don’t bother with writing letters—instead we send updates on social media, or write to each other in short texts. How are Facebook and Twitter affecting our writing? For younger people who are still learning their language skills along with these technologies, is their writing better or worse for the experience? English teacher Jessica Lahey of New Hampshire believes that writing skills are being eroded by things like Facebook. English teacher Andrew Simmons of California says he sees his student's writing improving from social media.

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The Takeaway

What's a Social Network Worth?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Our Twitter feeds and followers, our Facebook friend lists, our LinkedIn connection network, and what comes up in a search on us is part of our value and identity—in theory and in terms of hard cash value. What is a social network worth? And what is your own social network worth to you? Joining us to answer these questions is Josh Klein, is author of the new book “Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know Is Worth More Than What You Have.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Social Media, Pre-Internet

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tom Standage, digital editor at the Economist, author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses and Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years (Bloomsbury USA, 2013), finds that papyrus rolls and Twitter have a lot in common as he traces the history of instant communication from ancient times to today.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weibo and the Great Firewall of China

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jason Q. Ng, 2013 Google Policy Fellow at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab and author of Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China's Version of Twitter (And Why) (New Press, August 2013), discusses his new book, which catalogues the many words and phrases censored by the Chinese government on the popular social media site Weibo.

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The Takeaway

Venture Capitalists Invest In Younger and Younger Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The now-famous teenager Nick D'Aloisio, whose news reading app Summly was purchased by Yahoo for tens of millions of dollars, is now the latest in a stream of young tech entrepreneurs who became multi-millionaires overnight.

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