Children’s entertainment is in a mess. This is in no small part due to recent revelations about just what was happening when the stars of...
What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?
WASHINGTON—When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Gmail and other online accounts? A group of influential lawyers says yes, unless you specify... Read more
The Right to Be Forgotten Is Fundamental in the Digital Age
The current debate over the right to be forgotten, spurred by a European Union ruling that allows people to stop certain web pages from appearing... Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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