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Selfies Challenge Science Stereotypes

SelfieScience has proved that selfies can change the way we view scientist. This heartwarming story in the Pacific Standard tells how one scientist led a research effort to show Instagram selfies can improve how people view scientist and science. In …

Grammar Will No Longer Be a Writing Skill

Diagrammed sentenceDiagramming sentences may go the way of the chalkboard and it might very well be unnecessary to take grammar classes at school in the not too distant future. That thought might be a bit of hyperbole; but after reading about …

Spotting Fake Five Star Reviews

5-star-reviewAspects of this issue have been discussed before here, but we’ll add some new points. It is estimated that half of all five star reviews are fake, so which ones should you believe? Yahoo Finance has a round table discussion …

The Case for Using Business Jargon

box-clipartHarvard Business Review interviewed English professor Anne Curzan at the University of Michigan about the use of business jargon. She studies the evolution of language. Professor Curzan makes the case that using business jargon has value in making our language …

Spending Too Much, Blame Social Media

Bling 2Social media gets a bad rap in a number of areas. Now there is a new one. As reported a few months back in The Washington Post, a group of American and Canadian economists are expressing concern about social …

Who Are Twitter Users?

Twitter logo 3According to a recent study by Pew Research Center, Twitter users tend to be younger, wealthier, more educated and politically more liberal than the rest of the population of the United States, especially those who actually tweet. Interestingly, only …

Rural Areas Not Covered by Local News

Newspaper foldedMany Americans who live in rural areas feel the local news doesn’t cover their area well. It makes sense since many rural newspapers are being bought by larger regional newspapers, or are going out of business. Media generally need as …

Is Radical Transparency Good or Bad?

Transparency (2)Lately, we’ve been pondering this question. Radical transparency has been touted in various opinion pieces as the savior for everything from journalism to social media to democracy itself. The idea is that radical transparency will build trust in those organizations …

Has Growth in Social Media Peaked?

SelfieIt appears social media use among American adults has actually stopped. According to Pew Research Center, among almost all major social media platforms the percentage of American adults using them hasn’t grow over the last year. Some social media …

Apple News + A New Subscription Model

pexels-cell photo-607812 (4)Approximately 10 times more is spent in the Apple Store for apps than the next nearest phone app store. If anyone is likely to subscribe to a new news app, it is people who own iPhones. The hope of publishers …