Media & Society

5 Effortless Ways to Make a Difference—The Smartphone Way


Contributing to charities is a selfless act. In a society where social media becomes the norm, it’s of no doubt that we are constantly changing...

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    Workers Struggle in Hamptons, Playground for Rich

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—This is a town where people are so rich that a $2 million home can be a handyman’s special. A town where the thrift... Read more

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    5 Ridiculous Competitions You Didn’t Know Existed

    Maybe you have heard of extreme sports, but have you heard of any of these annual competitions? Check them out.   1. Stiletto Race Competing in... Read more

  • Andy Coulson, left, former News of the World editor and the former spin doctor of British Prime Minister David Cameron, leaves the Central Criminal Court in London, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    So Andy Coulson Goes to Jail, but We Must Ensure That the Press Becomes Accountable

    On the day that Andy Coulson was sentenced to 18 months for his part in the industrial-scale phone hacking that went on at the News... Read more

  • Thom Yorke of Radiohead pulled his solo releases from Spotify in 2013, arguing that digital streaming is destroying the livelihood of artists. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

    Art Is Worth Less in the Age of Spotify – and Not Just Financially

    Let’s be clear: from Spotify to Pandora, streamed music is killing downloads, and that’s bad for artists and music lovers. The opposition between art and... Read more

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    Fanatical About Football? Watch Out, You Could Be an Addict

    Why are we so loyal to our national and club football teams? Whatever the results, we tend to support them week in week out, through... Read more

  • USA team soccer fan David Dunlap from Chesapeake City, Md., sings the Star Spangle Banner as he and a crowd watch live on a monitor the USA vs Belgium World Cup soccer match in Washington, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Bigger Than the Superbowl: The World Cup Breaks Viewing Records

    It’s official: more people in the US are streaming the World Cup than this year’s Superbowl, so it’s no surprise sports channel ESPN this week... Read more

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    Don’t Ban Laptops in Class, Talk to Students via Facebook

    Technology is an established part of the lives of students. But university lecturers are becoming increasingly frustrated at how they must compete with tablets and... Read more

  • A file photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sitting inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. (AP Photo/ Sunshine Press Productions, File)

    WikiLeaks, Journalism Ethics and the Digital Age: What Did We Learn?

    The journey of whistleblower website WikiLeaks was traced by, among others, Professor Gerard Goggin, chair of the Department of Media and Communications at the University... Read more

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    This Is Why Some Urban Legends Go Viral

    Urban legends get around, but we don’t really understand why. We conducted a study to explain how misinformation spreads surprisingly fast and why people feel... Read more

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    Should Facebook Have Experimented on 689,000 Users and Tried to Make Them Sad?

    In a move that has as many people puzzled as outraged, Facebook has published research that involved a deliberate attempt to manipulate the emotional state... Read more

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    Love, Peace and the Plight of the Air Hostess: Google Opens Its Brain to Armchair Linguists

    I downloaded a new keyboard onto my phone yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see it suggesting the word “to” after I had typed “going”... Read more

  • Swedish Prince Carl Philip (R) and Sofia Hellqvist (L) when they announced their engagement at a press conference at The Stockholm Palace, in Stockholm, Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer)

    Swedish Prince Carl Philip Engaged to Former Model Sofia Hellqvist

    HELSINKI—The Swedish Royal Court has announced the engagement of Prince Carl Philip to Sofia Hellqvist, a former glamour model and reality TV participant. The court... Read more

  • Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804) and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray (1760-1825) by Johann Zoffany. (Wikimedia)

    Belle is Fascinating, Just Don’t Compare It to 12 Years a Slave

    This article contains spoilers. Some reviewers have somewhat lazily compared Amma Asante’s recently opened film Belle to the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, that other film about slavery. But this entirelydiminishes this film, which is an opulent... Read more

  • In this June 13, 2013, photo attendees play video games on the PlayStation 4 at the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday, June 12, 2014, found a surge in number of kids who spent three or more hours on an average school day on screened electronics other than TV. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Study: Teens Are Drinking Less, Texting More

    NEW YORK—American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they’re texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video... Read more

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    9 Celebrities Who Stand Up For Human Rights

    June 4th marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989, which in mainland China is also known as the “June 4th incident.” Hundreds of thousands... Read more

  • In this July 25, 2012, photo, then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Geithner Suggested H. Clinton as Possible Successor, According to His New Memoir

    WASHINGTON—Timothy Geithner says in a new memoir that he considered stepping down as Treasury secretary in 2010 after the financial crisis and suggested Hillary Rodham... Read more

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