Agence France-Presse, rawstory.com
Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters — even before a crime has been committed.Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the…
Sometime at the start of the decade, YouTube was abuzz with viral videos of small children — yet to speak, read or write — “pinching” magazine articles with their fingers as they would an iPad. These children were heralded as members of…
NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within Minutes
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, vocativ.com
NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within MinutesThey called for city residents to tweet pictures of themselves posing with police officers using #myNYPD. The result was a huge bust, but not in a good way The New York Police Departme…
What can we learn? If you have a negative reputation, don’t think that a social media campaign can help you… At least not without thinking deep about the rhetoric you use!
After the interesting effect when Google is showing different information about Crimea if you come from a computer in Russia than from Ukraine, this is even more interesting.
If the nation state is dependent on one thing to maintain its existence it is the power over it’s history. Even democratic countries are picking their historical facts and teach children the “right” story in schools. Yes, you could argue that Internet already have had an disruptive impact on that. I doubt it… At least not yet. But I bet this will.
If you take away the nation states power over it’s history (and let Google run it) we have a completely different game! I wonder if the board of Google have pondered deep enough on the statement “Don’t be evil”.
Geeks seems to think that being objectively true stands over good and evil… It is much more complicated than that!
Yes, Matt Novak you are completely right about that the data is not showing what Vox argues that it says.
But, the analysis of adoption is of course even more complex than that. A single technology in itself (whatever we define it as) is a very bad (and difficult) object of analysis. And connect the adoption of that technical idea to generations, perspectives, values or behavior is extremely difficult.
One example I read about from the other day was that a group of teenagers told researchers that they stopped using Facebook and used Instagram and Twitter instead. A year or two ago I read about that (another group of) teenagers didn’t use Twitter because it was more of a parent thing…
In these examples we are not talking about technologies almost at all, but relatively rapidly changing behavior according to how a certain tool fits into a certain behavior for a certain age group.
The solution is probably to paraphrase a well known book title: “It is complicated”.
But I would still argue that some things are changing faster than they did 30 years ago, which in turn changed faster than they did 70 years ago.
What we also forget is that during the late 19th century and early 20th century we had a tremendous pace of change for a while. But then it slowed down for various reasons… So if we want to talk of trends we probably have to take much longer perspective that 150 years!
Hmmm… I started fiddling with Internet technologies (UNIX and TCP/IP) at university in maybe 1986, started to work and spread it to Volvo in 1988, started the first web server at Volvo i april 1994 and initiated the work that resulted in volvo.com in 1995. It has been an interesting journey!
A new book that’s the talk of academia and the media, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, a 42-year-old who teaches at the Paris School of Economics, shows that two-thirds of America’s increase in income inequality over t…
Danish writer/artist duo Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler create comedy cartoons and graphs depicting the everyday struggles, irritations, and insights of their fellow Westerners. Official-looking graphs show unofficial statistics from our dai…
Can economists contribute anything useful to our understanding of politics, business and finance in the real world?
I raise this question having spent last weekend in Toronto at the annual conference of the Institute for New…
1. The number of books being published every year has exploded.
According to the latest Bowker Report (October 9, 2013), over 391,000 books were self-published in the U.S. in 2012, which is an amazing increase of 422 percent since 2007. The number of non-self-published books issued annually has also climbed over the same period to approximately 300,000 in 2012. The net effect is that the number of new books published each year in the U.S. has exploded by more than 400,000 since 2007, to approximately 700,000 annually. And since 2007, nearly 10 million previously published books have been reissued by companies that reprint public domain works. Unfortunately, the marketplace is not able to absorb all these books and is hugely oversaturated.
2. Book industry sales are declining, despite the explosion of books published.
Adult nonfiction print unit book sales peaked in 2007 and have declined each year since then, according to BookScan (Publishers Weekly, January 6, 2014, and previous reports). Similarly, bookstore sales peaked in 2007 and have fallen each year since then, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (Publishers Weekly, February 12, 2014, and previous reports).
3. Despite the growth of e-book sales, overall book sales are still shrinking.
After skyrocketing from 2008 to 2012, e-book sales leveled off in 2013. Unfortunately, the decline of print sales outpaced the growth of e-book sales, even from 2008 to 2012. According to BookStats data reported by the Association of American Publishers (May 15, 2013), revenues in the entire U.S. book publishing marketplace fell again in 2012, to $27.1 billion. The total book publishing pie is not growing—the peak was hit in 2007—yet it is being divided among ever more hundreds of thousands of digital and print books.