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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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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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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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Lesson Resources – Where Spam Comes From 

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

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Lesson Resources – Twittering With Blaine Cook 

Blaine Cook continues to think hard about future directions for social media. You can follow his thoughts at his blog or Twitter stream . We particularly liked his post Facebook Is My New Boatcar, a discussion of Facebook's privacy, interface, and applications which generated a lot of commentary in the community.

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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: 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 – 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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For Teh Lulz – Teh Media Show 

Apologies. Episode is not so lulzy, akshuly. But, you know... we have existential crises. 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 podcast! Facebook sneak-peeks and discussion: Blip.tv: LiveJournal community …

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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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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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