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Dangers Imagined and Real

Taylor Lorenz writes of unjustified worries about the ‘Momo Challenge’ in Momo Is Not Trying to Kill Children (‘Like eating Tide Pods and snorting condoms, the Momo challenge is a viral hoax’).   Lorenz has made a career of observing and reporting on social media trends, and reassures that On Tuesday afternoon, a Twitter user going…

Brookings on ‘7 trends in old and new media’

The liberal-leaning Brookings Institution, in a paper from Elaine Kamarck and Ashley Gabriele, offers insight into 7 trends in old and new media. Their seven observations are solid, and broadly similar to the assessments of Clay Shirky, in Last call: the end of the printed newspaper. Brookings summarizes their work: The following are seven essential truths about the news today…

On Trends in Whitewater’s Media

If print’s in decline (and it is), then what’s next for Whitewater (or other small towns)? I’ve contended that a new Whitewater is inevitable.  We’ve passed the beginning of that process, and are now in a middle time toward a new city. There are years yet ahead, but most now living in Whitewater will one…