Twitter's purchase of data firm is an example of a new kind of media competition

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:00
I’ve been expecting Twitter to assert more control over the enormous volume of data generated by its users because the data can be sold to businesses, government agencies and academics. Yesterday, Twitter took a notable step to assert that control when it announced the purchase of Gnip, a company that packages and sells data generated from more t...
 

Pulitzer Prizes, an occasion to consider links between newspaper quality and economic success

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Monday, 14 April 2014 19:30
The Pulitzer Prizes announced today offer a chance to consider three studies of the links between journalistic quality and economic success. The Pulitzers, newspaper journalism’s most prestigious awards for excellence, go to a small number of newspapers and websites each year.   Brian Logan and Daniel Sutter found newspapers that had won Pul...
 

Cortez the Killer (Neil Young interpreted by Warren Haynes/Dave Matthews Band)

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Friday, 11 April 2014 23:00
The power of virtuosi in live performance. Nothing to discuss, just a nice example of what the Internet is for....
 

Late night TV replacement hosts were selected to avoid declines in audience ratings

Dr. Hugh J. Martin Friday, 11 April 2014 22:30
Creating a network television schedule is similar to assembling a portfolio of financial investments, according to a useful paper by the late Barry R. Litman and Seema Shrikhande and Hoekyun Ann. Like investors who try to balance financial returns from different investments, network programmers try to balance the audience size for...