Friday, July 9, 2010


On TECHNOpticon, the Friday 5 is a list of links to interesting new media & society tidbits posted around the web during the past week. The list for this week includes online journalism, social media, changing online strategies in online news and the internet/new habits of adults and 'millennials'.

  1. Time shifts online strategy, lays first bricks of paywall
    • It will be interesting to see how this works out for them. Charging for access to content is not new (some newspapers have been doing it for ages) however this seems to be one of the first concerted efforts. Will web users revolt and find their news elsewhere - let's face it, the same stories (albeit not covered as well) are available all of the new via other news sources and even blogs -- why pay for something you can find for free?
  2. Social media for research communication: Opportunities & threats
    • Social media has opened up new ways for reaching others, which from a research perspective is both fantastic and daunting. As a researcher myself, I can say with some confidence that there is a certain amount of 'paranoia' involved. Using social media to connect with other researchers saves time and effort, but also puts us (and our research) at risk of being 'scooped' by others. The list given is on target, but should challenge us to come up with new ways to minimize the perceived 'threats'.
  3. Online journalism is changing the industry
    • An interesting interview piece with an independent writer/reporter currently in India.
  4. Millennials likely lifelong online sharing habit
    • Considering I teach students who are considered to be 'millennials', this new Pew study struck home and was fascinating reading!
  5. More cellphone users use an app for that
    • For those of you fighting the trend toward using social media (in particular Twitter and Facebook), this Pew study should shed some light on things -- turns out that if you haven't adopted the technology yet, you are not alone! Just over half of all adults use it -- so you really aren't even a 'late-adopter' (yet!).

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