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Syntax Terror – The Media Show  ☆

Email goes horribly astray when the new intern tries to help Weena with her... hamster problem. Lesson learned: You never know whose hands your message will fall into if you spell that address wrong. Even spell check can't save you.

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How do search engines work? – The Media Show 

Tetanus, The Spider Who Spammed Me, has come over to the good side! Erna and Tetanus explain to Weena how pieces of code called "spiders" do the work of finding the web pages you're searching for, to gather the text, images, and other stuff that make up your search engine results. Music: unityspaceboat by …

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What is a hacker? with Mitch Altman – The Media Show 

When someone says they are a hacker, what do they mean? Are they just big computer geeks? Are they doing illegal criminal things, breaking in and stealing passwords? Mitch Altman, inventor of the TV-B-Gone, tells us hacking is about thinking differently about the world around you. Featuring the folks at the Noisebridge hackerspace in …

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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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What is Language Localization? – The Media Show 

#487 in The Media Show's ongoing series about weird media jobs you've never heard of. We bring you these interviews for a few reasons: First, because people who understand what goes into making the media are smarter consumers of media. Second, because many kids who want to go into the media don't know about …

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Viewer Response! Tags and Furries 2.0 – The Media Show 

We respond to your questions! Hot gossip -- Weena's relationship to the furry community. Why we use particular tags for the show. And we talk about a dozen Web 2.0 sites you've never heard of because they don't exist. Yet.

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Smells Like Old Spice – The Media Show 

Erna and Weena want to be the man your man could smell like. Is the Old Spice Guy ad campaign actually working? Music: 1989 by Sylcmyk and Trololo Chiptune Cover by Robinerd

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Teaching Media Literacy – Technical Problems 

One of the biggest obstacles in teaching with technology can be the technology itself. In the two vignettes in this video, Gus recounts some struggles she and the students had with technology on one of the five days she and Skye spent testing out The Media Show with a Brooklyn high school class. (more…)

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Lesson Resources – Where Spam Comes From 

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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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Lost Episode – N0M Greenscreen Challenge 

At long last, here is the episode about the National 0rganization for Marriage's "Gathering Storm" ad, which YouTube took down. We discuss this episode, and why it was taken down, in our What's Fair Use? episode. (more…)

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Lesson Resources: What’s Fair Use? 

Copyright and fair use are complex and often depend on the details of the situation of use. As a result, Professor Grimmelmann insisted on not getting too specific; he didn't want to give bad legal advice. You can research the issues further with the following resources: ChillingEffects.org's FAQs about DMCA notices YouTube's DMCA takedown policy

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Lesson Resources: Cootie Catcher 

The article which spawned this episode was from Advertising Age: "Nike's Phil Knight on Show Business vs. Shoe Business." You may have noticed we're a little annoyed by the word "interactive." OK, maybe more than a little. Here's why: "a lightswitch is interactive." (Greg Kostikyan, "I Have No Words & I Must Design.") (more…)

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Lesson Resources – Auto-Loading Sounds 

It's true: guidelines for good web design suggest that it's not good to have a sound automatically load along with the rest of your website. It's the reason we've turned off YouTube's "auto-load featured video" option on our YouTube site, and recommend that other users do it as well. Having rich content load automatically when …

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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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What’s Fair Use? (HI-DEF) – The Media Show 

HD Version of "What's Fair Use?" We're confused! youtube took down the video we made using the National Organization for Marriage's greenscreen auditions for their ad! Didn't we have a right to comment on it? In this episode, we talk with New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann, who talks to us about different …

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What’s Fair Use? – The Media Show 

We're confused! youtube took down the video we made using the National Organization for Marriage's greenscreen auditions for their ad! Didn't we have a right to comment on it? In this episode, we talk with New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann, who talks to us about different defenses for "fair use" and how …

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