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Lesson Resources: Introducing the Intern, Netiquette, What’s In A Flame  ☆

There are some unspoken rules of the Internet which ought to be spoken about more often. Our episodes about netiquette and chain mail try to explain why certain behaviors online which may seem harmless actually make using the Internet a lot more unpleasant for others. You may think chain letters are harmless fun -- who …

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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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Lesson Resources – Passive Aggressive Smileys 

Some may view emoticons or "smileys" as yet another facet of technology's destruction of the English language. But think about it: How can they add to the range of emotional resources already available in written language? Are they any more or less communicative than any other written form? Here's a little bit on the history …

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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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Resources – Pilot Response 

Some resources we post here are more for educators' edification. Sometimes these are pop- or Internet-culture things we expect students may know about, but educators might not; sometimes these are to help guide you on more sensitive subjects which you might be concerned about presenting in the classroom. Obviously, these are resources you might share …

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Viral video: Which communities work? 

In the fall of 2009, Abby, Gus, and social networking intern Lindsay sat down to discuss outreach. We decided to follow a "watch where you are" strategy, trying to reach viewers where they were already viewing, sharing, critiquing, and remaking videos with their friends. But which communities would best support the kind of interaction we …

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Viral Video – Spikes and long tails 

In the introduction to the viral video part of this case study, we posed this question: Over how much time must views of a video be spread out if the video is to be considered "viral"? Over the years, views pile up. A few of ours are now at a couple of thousand views. The …

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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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Before and After: Snopes  ☆

There were a few videos we shot more than once. For instance, we made two versions of the Snopes Before You Send episode. We improvised the first version, without a script. It turned out ok, but we thought it was an important enough message that we decided to do it again, with a better script …

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Viral video: Viral memes 

We tried a few strategies to get our videos more attention. Elsewhere we've talked about our short, funny "public service announcement" videos. The thinking with those was that people would want to send them to other people, and we'd get viewed that way. With a few other videos, we tried to be more "findable" instead …

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Viral Video: The “Watch where you are” strategy 

In the fall of 2009, Abby, Gus, and social networking intern Lindsay sat down to discuss outreach strategies. One of the things we made clear is that we didn't want people to have to come to our website  We live in a scarce attention economy; everyone only has so much free attention apart from their …

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Viral video: Things you could send Aunt Mabel 

Some Media Show episodes, like the Online Predators, Jingles All The Way, and Secondary Sexual Characteristics episodes, are pretty edgy. Edgy videos might get sent around among people who like that kind of thing, but the really successful viral videos are the ones which can be accepted by a general audience -- the ones you …

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Caramelldansen – The Media Show 

It was basically inevitable that we'd do this. We're hoping it will satisfy all the Monster of Next Week fans out there. Follow us where you're most comfortable! YouTube: click the yellow "subscribe" button NEW! Look for our back episodes as a weekly iTunes video podcast! Or as a standard RSS feed weekly video …

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Viral video: A “Muppet Bump”?  ☆

On November 23, 2009, MuppetsStudio, a YouTube channel associated with the Jim Henson puppetry studio, posted a music video set to the Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody. It was a viral success. Blogs linked to it, people passed it around via Facebook and Twitter, and it got millions of views (over 12 million by the time …

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Reader Response – Goodies! – The Media Show 

We finally catch up on some of the great comments you've been leaving, and tell you how you can get cool Media Show gear! Follow us where you're most comfortable! youtube: click the yellow "subscribe" button Facebook sneak-peeks and discussion: www.facebook.com livejournal community and discussion: community.livejournal.com Twitter, including our fave videos: @donteatweena 8bit tunes …

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ゲッダン Get Down – The Media Show 

私たちの友人の名誉します。古い学校。我々はHomeboyに会いたい! Click the yellow "subscribe" button above to hear about new episodes! Or join our Facebook group for weekly updates: www.facebook.com

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TV Tropes – The Media Show 

Have the feeling you've seen this movie before? We explore tvtropes.org, a website about the plotlines that TV, movies, manga, anime, cartoons, and literature use over and over and OVER. Click the yellow "subscribe" button above to hear about new episodes! Or join our Facebook group for weekly updates: www.facebook.com

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What’s In A Flame? (HI-DEF) – The Media Show 

HD Version of "What's in a Flame?" -- On a very special The Media Show, we travel back to the 80s for an afterschool special look at flame wars. Live, love, and learn along with Cookie and Heather! Click the yellow "subscribe" button above to hear about new episodes! Or join our Facebook group …

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Warcraft E-Card (HI-DEF) – The Media Show 

HD Version of "Warcraft E-Card" -- We worry about you and your... little problem. You know, the problem of... we don't see you anymore. Please step away from the keyboard. Don't bother sending an AFK first. Really, it's going to be ok, we promise. (ps this was made in, erm, 2005. yes, we do …

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Passive-Aggressive Smileys Are Great :( (HI-DEF) – The Media Show 

HD Version of "Passive-Aggressive Smileys are Great" --- This one's for anyone who is way too into creating Internet Drama (but especially for all you Livejournal fanfic writers out there). Erna and Weena warn us all about the dangers of using smileys when you don't really mean it. SUBSCRIBE to hear about new episodes! …

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