Better than 8 in 10 users of Facebook and other social networking sites say they rarely post anything to do with politics, according to a survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
But among those who do, Democrats seem to like doing it more …
A new survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reveals that older Americans are quickly embracing social networking sites. Facebook isn’t just for teenagers anymore:
Here are a few of the winners in The Websters. There’s a lot more going on out there than you might think. See the full list and links here.
Look at the numbers for what people use to read the news by time of day. From the new Pew report on the state of the news business. At night, some people still like to read something longer.
The New Haven Independent, which suspended reader comments on stories a couple of weeks ago, will allow them again, with restrictions:
… we have decided that less is more. While in the past we have tried our best to be as inclusive as possible, to post any comment that didn’t specifically violate the rules, we will now be working under a much different standard. We will be posting comments that help to illuminate the story; that provide history and context and perspective that will guide New Haven Independent readers to a more thorough understanding of what is going on. We will be culling comments that not only violate the rules but that violate the spirit of the rules; that denigrate personalities; that are attempting to use the Independent to spar with those who disagree with them, or to try to settle scores.
He moves his class to a room to a hall without WiFi access. Dude is a UVM grad, by the way. If you’ve ever tried to teach a class of college kids, you can relate.
From the Yale Daily News:
Alexander Nemerov’s “Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present” has nearly 500 shoppers on the Online Course Selection system (down from 584 earlier this week), but the course has been capped at 270 — the maximum number of students that the Yale Art Gallery auditorium can hold.
In past years, Nemerov taught the course in the much larger Yale Law School auditorium, which he estimated can fit around 450 students, and a cap on enrollment was never necessary in that space. But this year, Nemerov requested the use of the art gallery auditorium instead, he told the News.
He said the art gallery auditorium is a darker room, allowing students to see projected images of artwork more clearly. But even more importantly: the room has no Wifi.
“In the past many students in the lecture were doing Facebook or email or all kinds of things on their computers,” Nemerov said. “So for me it’s better if there’s a room where that is not possible, and one of the unfortunate effects of that is that I have to limit the enrollment of the class to the capacity of the auditorium.”
It isn’t just newspapers discovering it’s a brand new media world out there. Look at what happened with the Komen foundation’s clumsy decision to yank funding funding from Planned Parenthood. While the CEO of Komen was idiotically tweeting that the decision was “not about politics” and putting out her own doublespeak on YouTube, the transparency and hyper-speed of the Internet was telling the world that it was all about politics.
Here’s Komen CEO Nancy Brinker’s tweet yesterday:
Before Komen and it’s leadership could breathe, a storm errupted on Twitter.
By Friday morning, Komen was learning the power of the new media – and money. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised a $250,000 contribution to Planned Parenthood and Komen affiliates around the country were fighting back. Messages from Facebook and Twitter deluged the Komen offices, threatening to stop their financial support.
None of this would have happened as quickly before the instant communication of social media.
“It was a big misstep,” said Anne Morris, executive director of Susan G. Komen Foundation affiliate in Connecticut. The fast response “is a new phenomenom. It’s like nothing we saw 10 years ago. We used to have phone trees to do advocacy work when we wanted to move an issue. Now you can click a mouse button and reach thousands of people.”
For the record, here are Nancy Brinker’s tweets today:
Investigative savant Matt Kauffman joins the blogging world. Welcome!
Two members of Connecticut’s delegation have spent the last week in a tweeting war to see who can get the most followers. (Yes, I know. Congress really isn’t up to much these days.)
Now, there may be evidence that one competitor, Chris Murphy, might have sought outside help in his bid to win more followers this week than Jim Himes. WSJ reporter Shelly Banjo tweeted this earlier today: