Archive for December, 2013

The New Digital Divide: Privilege, Misinformation and Outright B.S. in Modern Media

The New Digital Divide: Privilege, Misinformation and Outright B.S. in Modern Media

December 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Tech folks have long beat the same drum. Yes, the internet is often embarrassingly, comically and dangerously wrong, they say, but if you know how to separate the good from the bad, it all works out. There may be individual weak spots, from Wikipedia pages to Twitter rumors to (incorrect) breaking news on Reddit, but as a whole (the thinking goes), it’s a strong system. And to a certain degree, they’re right. If you know how to work it, online media is awesome. By nature of reading a column about media, you’re probably one of those people. You are proficient in

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The six most interesting things that happened in media this year, according to me

The six most interesting things that happened in media this year, according to me

December 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The year-end roundup post has become something of a New Year tradition, to the point where some might argue they have become a cliché. But just because they are ubiquitous doesn’t mean they aren’t worth something — at their best, I think they force us to sit back and take stock of what happened during the year, and often patterns will emerge that even we might not have fully appreciated at the time. In that spirit, I decided to take a look at some of the things that I found most interesting in the media-sphere this year, and what I came

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Netflix Boosts CEO Reed Hastings Pay Package 50% in 2014 to $6 Mil

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Happy new year, Reed Hastings: The Netflix co-founder and CEO’s compensation package will climb 50% in 2014 after the company’s stock soared to record levels over the past year. Hastings, 53, will receive $3 million annual salary and $3 million in yearly stock options, Netflix disclosed in an SEC filing late Monday. That’s up from... Read more

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Apple Feud Deepens With Court-Appointed Monitor

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A feud between Apple Inc. and a lawyer appointed by a federal court judge to monitor the company’s e-book pricing reform became even more acrimonious Monday. Michael Bromwich, the lawyer picked as Apple’s monitor, said in court documents filed Monday that Apple’s characterization of his team’s activities as a “roving investigation” in fact “bear no relation whatsoever to the activities we have attempted to conduct.” Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Facebook is “dead and buried,” or what happens when academic research goes viral

Facebook is “dead and buried,” or what happens when academic research goes viral

December 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Take some academic research on Facebook, add a sexy quote about how teens are abandoning the social network in droves, and combine it with a slow news period. What do you get? A small-scale media frenzy about how Facebook is dying. In this case, part of the problem appears to be the original researcher’s attempt to “sex up” his work in the hope of getting more attention for it — something he clearly succeeded in doing, if for the wrong reasons. This particular viral snowball started with a post on a site called The Conversation, which focuses on news-style reporting about

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Home Entertainment: Why 2013 Was the Year of Digital HD

Home Entertainment: Why 2013 Was the Year of Digital HD

December 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The announcements came toward the end of the year, virtually at the same time: all remaining Blockbuster Video stores would be closed by January 2014, and Comcast, the cable giant, would expand from renting movies from major studios to also selling them. Both announcements were symbolic of what 2013 had in store for the home entertainment business. It wasn’t a year of evolution, transformation or even change so much as it was a year of shifting, from the old model of home entertainment to the new. The old model, of course, was renting or buying a movie or TV show as a

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How safe are your online memories?

How safe are your online memories?

December 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

How many of your cherished memories, and even important work documents, only exist online? Taken together, photo and video sharing sites, blogging and microblogging sites, as well as social media, have formed an online space that has changed the way people share information. But how much of the work we do, or the memories we have captured, will still be there in a few years? Over the last quarter of a century, industry and academia alike have slowly come to the realisation that digital data is actually extremely fragile. Data corruption, hardware and software obsolescence and loss of metadata can easily

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Idris Elba Proves a Local Hero at Capri Film Fest

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Idris Elba won over the crowd with his acceptance speech when he and Naomie Harris were honored Monday at the 18th Capri-Hollywood Film Festival. The two were handed prizes as best actor and supporting actress prizes for their work in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which screened. The international crowd ate it up when Elba... Read more

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POLL: What Was the Worst Movie of 2013?

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Razzies have issued their annual shortlist for Worst Movie of the Year, making it the perfect time to ask our readers: What was your least favorite movie experience of 2013? Note–We added a few options to the Razzies list, including Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down” (pictured above).

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First Look: Christian Bale as Moses in Fox’s ‘Exodus’

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

20th Century Fox has released the first image of its biblical pic “Exodus” with Christian Bale as Moses. Directed by Ridley Scott,  the film offers a new take on the classic story. The photo features Bale on a horse with a statue of Rhamses being built in the background. “Exodus” is just one of a... Read more

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