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5 Things USA Today Says You Need to Know (and 5 Things that Come a lot Closer to Meeting that Need)

USA Today is back, grinding out its daily “5 things you need to know” article. Here are today’s entries; according to USA Today, apparently I need to know that:

1. “N.Y. escapee is in the hospital”. I don’t need to know this. Even if I lived in New York State, I wouldn’t have needed to […]

Do You Need to Know These Five Things?

“Five Things You Need to Know,” reads the headline from this morning’s USA Today newspaper. What are those five things?

1. Waco police are investigating an incident in which rival biker gangs shot at each other.

2. The American Council of Sports Medicine has released its ranking in which it declares the fittest city in […]

Ben Carson for President Tweets … A Deluge or a Trickle?

Earlier this week, J. Clifford used Google Trends, a tracking of search engine volume, to assess the success of Ben Carson’s self-paid infomerical over the weekend of November 8-9. To follow up on that assessment, I decided to look at the volume of Twitter posts with the text “Ben Carson for President” since that weekend. […]

New Verizon TechZine Aims for Millenial Audience While Banning Talk About Surveillance

Patrick Howell O’Neill of DailyDot reveals that telecommunications megacorporation Verizon wants to set up its very own supercool tech news page called “SugarString.” It’s supposed to appeal to “Millenials” and be superslick and popular-like…

… except visitors can’t leave any comments on any of the articles or participate in any active way on the site, […]

Despite Prominent Promotion in News Media, Few Americans Agree that “We Need Smith”

We Need Smith, a mysterious effort to independently promote unidentified presidential and congressional candidates who favor good things and oppose bad things, has been getting some prominent promotion in the news media lately.

A FOX News segment on July 5 of this year devoted a full five minutes of airtime to promoting We Need Smith, […]

Has Social Media Really Killed Off Traditional Media?

“Every day fewer and fewer people get breaking news from a newspaper or even TV.” — Social Media Today, “Is News Dead?”

A tallyboard for historical ship replicas touring the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. provided one indication this week to the contrary:

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Identity Theft: How to Build a Hype

How to build a hype:

1. Read a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which finds that:

6.7% of U.S. adults were on the receiving end of “identity theft” last year, but this definition includes “attempted misuse” that was unsuccessful, and the most common way adults found out about such activity was to be contacted by […]

The Night Before The Million Mask March, One Newspaper In Eureka Lets in a Guest Op-Ed. That’s all. Nothing Else.

One night before the Million Mask March, taking place in 443 locations, who knows about this event?

You might think, considering that there have been 110 news articles on “Twerking” over the past week alone, that the Million Mask March might generate some interest from America’s “professional” news media.

You’d be wrong. Following up on […]

Million Mask March: 424 Protests in Dozens of Nations. Why No Major Media Coverage?

If you knew there were more than 400 simultaneous protests being planned worldwide for November 5 2013, would you consider that a matter worthy of a news report?

Is this wave of protests in Europe worth a blurb in the newspaper?

How about these November 5 protests planned across the United States?

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What Is Shotgun News?

Recent news stories having to do with shotguns… that were not covered by Shotgun News magazine. […]

Restore the Fourth Movement to Fight Warrantless Surveillance Reports Media Success… What’s Next?

The Restore the Fourth movement against massive warrantless seizure of papers and effects by the U.S. Government reports significant success in pulling Americans’ attention back to the NSA PRISM scandal with its nationwide day of protest:

Your protests this week brought major local, national, and international media attention to our movement and, more importantly, to […]