It’s not about quizzes and listicles — it’s about experimentation

The problem with that is the integrators and translators sometimes miss the point of nonsense and real, and they are the one’s spinning the politicians in their deviant minds! If more politicians were gamers my life would be simpler!


As NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen likes to say, you can tell a lot about people and their views on media based on what they say about BuzzFeed. And one of the things that critics often focus on is how much of the site is devoted to listicles or quizzes or other ephemeral content (as though newspapers don’t devote a lot of their space to similar pursuits, such as sudoku or crossword puzzles, and the comic section).

As a new report published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University points out, however, there is a serious purpose to much of this game-playing by BuzzFeed that more media companies could learn from. It’s about more than just driving traffic, as some of the site’s critics seem to suggest — it’s about encouraging an atmosphere of experimentation, and then learning from what works.

Gamification of the news

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Live at urban


#liveaturban my thoughts

So, for those recovering, one of the things i find to be most important is security.  Where AM i going to sleep tonight?! The stress of just writing that makes me tighten up…..

Maintaining a safe environment to expand what is working now to safely grow again in desired directions is easiest if the security normalcy is maintained.

Security in a personal routine that can be duplicated is simple (job, etc), its the other parts that can’t be duplicated which need to be FIRST measured in degree of influence, need, reciprocation.

A program of temporariness (nu word?! 😌) with a “home base” of a nu normal environment that is working, moving to a new location,  maintaining a level of comfort zone structure, and security can always come back “home” (healthy stasis), even if they go, “Knowing its permanent”, and fail,  they can always come back to where it WAS working.

That comfort mindset will reduce the need to slip back to where they know they can go….  Jail, a kind of security there, or homeless, a different kind of security there. Giving everyone a nu normal “home” option coming out of a system that works, gives them a choice.

Obama’s executive order calls for sharing of security data



President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday designed to spur businesses and the Federal Government to share with each other information related to cybersecurity, hacking and data breaches for the purpose of safeguarding U.S. infrastructure, economics and citizens from cyber attacks. He signed the order in front of an audience at Stanford University during his keynote address for the White House’s Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection.

Obama’s speech started off relatively light-hearted with the President pointing out how much technological innovation could be traced back to Silicon Valley and Stanford and even joking that the big webscale companies of [company]Yahoo[/company] and [company]Google[/company] “were pretty good student projects.”

Things took a turn to the dark side, however, with Obama segueing into the devastation that modern-day technology can bring as exemplified by the major data breaches we’ve seen at Sony Pictures Entertainment and insurance provider Anthem.

The new…

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If Pinterest hadn’t gone after affiliate marketers, the FTC might have

The legal minutia is such a head scramble….


On Friday, Pinterest banned affiliate links on its site, claiming that they cluttered up people’s feeds with spam. Most media companies called foul, saying that Pinterest was putting its own financial interest above its users, some of whom would lose big streams of revenue without affiliate links.

There’s truth to that, but it’s not the whole story.

Affiliate links connect a pinned image to the site selling the product. It’s an ad, essentially. But unlike promoted pins, these ads aren’t labeled as such. People with a lot of followers receive money from companies or advertisers to share these images. As a result, the affiliate pins surreptitiously creep into people’s Pinterest streams, disguised as hand-selected content.

This kind of native marketing is a mainstay in the social media era. Celebrities and influencers on all sorts of applications from Vine to Instagram do the same.

But just because it’s normal doesn’t mean it’s legal. The…

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NASA, SDO: Year 5


February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole sun 24 hours a day. Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massive explosions on the sun grow and erupt ever since its launch on Feb. 11, 2010. The imagery is also captivating, allowing one to watch the constant ballet of solar material through the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.

Turn up the sound. Set resolution as high as you can. A stunning video.

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Are tactical nuclear weapons being used in the Eastern Ukraine by the Kiev Junta?

2012: What's the 'real' truth?

Source: The Millennium Report
February 9, 2015
Thanks to CC.

TMR Editor’s Note:
The preceding video was posted on YouTube today, February 8, 2015.  The explosion shown has the markings of a tactical nuclear weapon.  Mushroom clouds in the wake of nuclear explosions have very distinctive signatures as seen in the photos below.  There has been much speculation about the use of nukes by Kiev in the face of their crushing defeats at the hands of the rebels.  Furthermore, the ruling junta has repeatedly demonstrated a complete lack of respect for the Geneva Conventions.  There has been ample proof of various war crimes committed by Kiev throughout the Eastern Ukraine including the deliberate targeting of civilian populations as well as premeditated acts of genocide.  Their aim appears to be the annihilation of the Russian Speakers at every opportunity.  

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Can Outcomes Save the Liberal Arts?


One of the great battles ongoing in American higher education centers on the continued vitality and relevance of a liberal arts education.   Nearly every American has seen some video variation of an underemployed liberal arts graduate at a fast food window asking: “Would you like biggie-sized fries with that?”

Historically, the defense of the liberal arts was much more high minded and cerebral. For those of us who made it, the argument was plausible and a feel good moment where we spoke of liberal arts graduates who were well-rounded and productive citizens.   Many of us still make it. We meant it. And, best yet perhaps, it was and still is true.

The problem is that while the argument is right, it no longer resonates with most American families. Higher education lives in a world that values inputs and is now only slowly coming to realize that the broader…

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Grammys are latest forum for fight over music payments



Last night’s Grammy Awards served up the usual hoopla and back-patting. But a policy plea from singer Jennifer Hudson also underscored how 2015 is likely to be the year when a long-brewing fight comes to a head over how — and how much — musicians should be paid.

At the show, Hudson announced the launch of an artist group called the”Grammy Creators Alliance” that will advise the government on royalty issues, while One Republic singer Ryan Tedder told the audience “music activism is coming at exactly the right time. From the Turtles to Taylor Swift, longtime established and new generations are speaking out.”

While the speeches were short on specifics, a website for the group echoes recent rhetoric from the recording industry, and appears intended to pressure Congress into passing bills like last year’s proposed “Respect Act,” which called for awarding a windfall to older musicians.

The Grammys plea also comes after the Copyright Office last week published a 245-page report that suggests dramatic changes…

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