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Jonathan Coe on 'The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim'

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

In today’s world, it’s not unusual to wake up alone, drive to work alone, and eat our meals alone. It’s expected that most of our communicating will take place through machines, rather than face to face. And it’s not unusual for us to develop relationships with those machines, whether they’re our cell phones or GPS devices. But what does all this isolation do to us? And does technology make our isolation better or worse?

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Defining Sacred Space in a Virtual World

Thursday, February 10, 2011

On Wednesday, we discussed a new iPhone app which helps Catholic users prepare for the act of confession. To Patrick Leinen, creator of The Confession App, the use of interactive media is a natural and necessary evolution for religions that hope to keep up the pace with a world that rapidly embraces new technology. 

But how about Twitter, Facebook and MySpace; how do these social networks fare in the religious experience of the 21st Century?

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The Takeaway

Has Technology Made You Feel More Distant?

Monday, January 17, 2011

For an MIT professor, Sherry Turkle has a contrarian take on technology: Instead of bringing us together, she says it's actually making us more distant. In a new book called "Alone Together: Why We Expect more from Technology and Less from Each Other," she argues that the kind of relationships we build using our new ways of communicating affects our understanding of intimacy and community — for the worse.

We've been asking you: Has technology ever made you feel more distant? How so?

Here's what you told us by text message (text the word START to 69866 to get in on the conversation):

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The Takeaway

Facebook Valued at $50 Billion

Monday, January 03, 2011

Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor have invested $500 million in Facebook, raising the company's total value to some $50 billion. According to The New York Times, the deal involves special allowances for Goldman's premier players to invest in the company. The latest deal has spurred more interest from the S.E.C., and may trigger increased pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to go public. We're joined by Denis Howlett, writer for the site ZDnet, for more on the story. 

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The Takeaway

The Year in Twitter Trends: From #GulfOilSpill to #InHighSchool and #Iran

Monday, December 13, 2010

Over the past year, one good way to understand what people in the world are talking about has been to follow the trending topics on Twitter, usually preceded by a hashtag (#). From movies, to revolutions and natural disasters — love it or hate it — Twitter helped the world understand its own conversations in 2010. We take a look at some of the trending topics of the year.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anti-Social Media

Monday, October 04, 2010

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and founding editor of Double X, looks at the Tyler Clementi case in light of other cyber-bullying incidents with fatal consequences; and New Jersey Star Ledger reporter Amy Ellis Nutt discusses her own reporting on the issue.

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The Real Life Facebook Movie: Tech Entrepreneurs Say Relationships Make or Break a Company

Monday, October 04, 2010

Relationships drive the social media site Facebook: The friends you let into your network, the groups you seek to join. Relationships are also the crux of Facebook, the movie (aka "The Social Network"). In fact, it's the only part of the movie we're sure is true.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a Movie: "The Social Network"

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dana Stevens, film critic for Slate.com, discusses "The Social Network," the controversial new film about the founding of Facebook by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg; and Baratunde Thurston, comedian and digital director of The Onion, offers his insight into the world of Harvard and social media.

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WNYC News

Tech Entrepreneurs See Themselves in 'The Social Network'

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Relationships drive the social media site Facebook: The friends you let into your network, the groups you seek to join. Relationships are also the crux of Facebook, the movie (aka "The Social Network"). In fact, it's the only part of the movie we're sure is true.

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The Takeaway

Life at 26: “A Work in Progress”

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg gets a feature film made about his life and he's not happy with it. I'm not surprised. Apart from his incredible success with Facebook, I'm sure the guy is dealing with all the same issues that most people in their 20s do — conflicting ideas about identity and morality, struggles for true independence, bad dating experiences. Clearly, he's not worried about bounced checks, credit card debt or student loan payments, but I imagine that the rest is the same.

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What Had YOU Done By 26?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg created the internet phenomenon of a generation, amassed billions of dollars and had a movie made about him ... all by the age of 26. As "Social Network" opens, what would you call the movie about your life at 26?

Here are your suggestions so far.

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The Takeaway

Strong Social Connections Could Help Keep You Healthy

Monday, August 02, 2010

We have long been aware that there is some connection between having strong friendships and being in good health. But a new study shows that social connections are fundamentally important to our well-being. In fact, not having many strong relationships can be as bad for your health as smoking… and even worse than not exercising. What is a "healthy" social life for you? How many friends and relationships are enough for you?

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'Reputation Bankruptcy,' and Other Ideas to Protect Yourself in a Digital World

Friday, July 23, 2010

You've got something you want taken offline: a drunken Facebook photo, an ill-advised blog post about your flirtation with Satanism, a frustrated tweet you wish you could take back. As Facebook passes its 500 millionth user, we take a look at new proposals to reduce the threat that we users of the internet pose to ourselves. 

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Is Democracy Good for Charities in the Age of Facebook?

Monday, July 19, 2010

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JP Morgan Chase and American Express are turning to users of social media to decide how to make their charitable gifts. The New York Times' Kate Taylor reports that's causing consternation and competition in the world of nonprofits.

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In Detroit the SMS May Prove Mightier than the Sword

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

In Detroit, Mich., a local problem is gaining city-wide attention thanks to the help of some creative reporting and social networking tools. In the city's southwestern neighborhood, known as "Mexicantown," large tractor-trailer trucks take shortcuts down residential blocks, causing property damage and possibly health concerns. 

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Progressive and Conservative Net Leaders Define Role of New Media in Democracy

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Personal Democracy Forum gets under way on Thursday, and many leaders of American politics and social networking will meet to discuss what happens when technology intersects with policy.

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The Takeaway

TMI: Find Someone Sharing Information

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Are we sharing too much information on Twitter and Facebook? We're exploring the benefits and the downsides of sharing our personal lives making our private lives public. Help us in an experiment!

Seek out a stranger that you see sharing information on the internet — on Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare — anyone who catches your interest. Don't go stalking though, just reach out and ask them one question for us: What benefit does he or she get from sharing personal information publicly? Tell us what happens and we'll talk about it on the air.

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The Takeaway

Has Iran's Opposition Lost Steam?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pro-government marchers flooded Iran's streets yesterday, on the anniversary of Iran's revolution. In fact, pro-government rallies far overshadowed opposition protests. And government supporters in Iran are dominating the online world as well. Social media channels like twitter and youtube had little more than a peep from opposition members. Has Iran's revolutionary spirit seen its end?

Siavash Ardalan is the host for BBC Persian TV's "Your Turn." Gary Sick is an Iran expert at Columbia University.

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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman on Why He Tweets: His Wife Reminds Him

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This afternoon, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen sat down with John Hockenberry to talk about the U.S. military's role in the Haiti relief effort and the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the country's highest ranking military official also told us how he finds the time to send frequent Twitter updates: He credits his wife.

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Scrambling to Help the Victims in Haiti

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

In the aftermath of the earthquake's devastation, residents in Port-Au-Prince had to scramble to help their injured neighbors. Without the help of international aid, they had to make do with basic first aid tools, like alcohol and gauze.

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