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What is a hacker? with Emmanuel Goldstein – The Media Show 

When someone says they are a hacker, what do they mean? Are they a criminal? Do they have 31337 c0d!ng sk!11z (and do they have to write like that)? Is someone who runs a script to put graffiti on a website a hacker? Are Anonymous hackers because they can code? Erna asks Emmanuel Goldstein, …

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Content farms and SEO – The Media Show 

Ever feel like search engines keep turning up crummier and crummier results? Pages copied straight from Wikipedia, filled with extra keywords, lousy with links to pages that want to sell you something? Welcome to the world of content farms, where search engine optimization is king. We're pretty sure they're run by sock puppets being …

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Stock Photos! – The Media Show 

Stocking is the new planking... like the Tumblr says. Erna and Weena re-create their favorite stock photos (or their favorite ones to hate). Join us in mocking the way advertisers stereotype people to sell products. Won't you? Music: Force of Spark!! by surasshu

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Hollister Is A Cowtown – The Media Show 

Have you seen anyone walking around with a shirt that says "Hollister, CA" on it, or maybe a bag with a bunch of hunky shirtless dudes on it? Where do you think they come from? Must be someplace exciting if everyone's wearing it... Weena finds out where Hollister California really is, and gets really …

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Lesson Resources – Where Spam Comes From 

SPAM spam SPAM spam SPAM spam SPAM spam LOVELY SPAM, wonderful SPAM...

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Lesson Resources – Greenwashing 

This episode focuses on two sites, Greenerchoices.org (a Consumer Reports site), and Sins Of Greenwashing (which belongs to an "environmental marketing firm" -- you tell us where they stand on this topic). The former is great for research; the latter has some interactive content. (more…)

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Lesson Resources – Secondary Sexual Characteristics 

Many people tell us they don't really remember what a "secondary sexual characteristic" is, which makes this a little hard to understand. That link should refresh your students' memories. This is a good time to mention the Media Education Foundation, which also has great, longer-form, more serious videos about many of the topics …

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Lesson Resources – Selling You 

A resource we really love on this topic is the "The Product Is You" section of the New York Times Magazine's Murketing blog. The section contains many more examples of "selling" an audience to potential ad placers. Compare a few of them -- how are different audiences being talked about? What about them is being …

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Lesson Resources – Billboard Ads: Pay What You Owe Us! 

A number of advertising companies which dominate Times Square have websites you and your students can look at to think about how much the ads cost, exactly where they are located, and strategies for reaching Times Square visitors. Among these companies are Sherwood Outdoor, Spectacolor, and of course Van Wagner Communications. We actually did try …

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Lesson Resources – Evil Interfaces 

The idea for this talk came from a presentation Greg Conti gave at The Last HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference in 2008. That hourlong talk has more information than this less-than-ten-minute video, so you might check out the whole talk (that's an audio file) online, or, even better, pick up a copy of the …

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Where Spam Comes From – The Media Show 

Erna and Weena find out the hard way where spam email comes from when the Intern posts their email address all over the web.

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Lesson Resources – Snopes Before You Send 

Just two resources for this video -- snopes.com and factcheck.org. We can't recommend them highly enough! Established in 1995, Snopes is run by Barbara and David Mikkelson, two folklorists and web developers who keep the site focused not only on Internet hoaxes, forwards, and rumors, but also urban legends. Factcheck.org is run by the Annenberg …

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Lesson Resources – Hot Gossip  ☆

There was a sort of reverse psychology to the bad reviews Gossip Girl got, and the people promoting the show knew it. The article in that link talks about the ad campaign for the show which we showed in the episode. Initially, we wanted to include advertiser Martin Lindstrom's observations about how "realistic" details like …

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Lost Episode – What Is A URL?  ☆

Sometimes we make videos which just don't cut it. Most bad scripts get caught at the scriptwriting stage, and we change them until they work, but sometimes we get done shooting an episode and realize it's just not as funny or informative as we thought. This happened with the What Is A URL episode -- …

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TV-B-Gone – The Media Show 

Erna and Weena talk to Mitch Altman, who invented the TV-B-Gone, a remote which will turn off any TV. SUBSCRIBE to hear about new episodes! Click the yellow "subscribe" button above. Join our Facebook group for weekly updates! www.facebook.com

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