Viral Video: Ellen on Bic for Her
Edward Snowden might just about have had enough Caramel Pecanbons® from his friendly Russian airport Cinnabon but the debate on what data governments should be allowed to collect rages on. For the vast majority of law-abiding citizens, however, the main threat to privacy is not NSA high-tech spying (at least so far). It’s the routine, day-to-day tracking of your every click by businesses and advertisers that makes us question if we are still able to decide what should stay private online.
But surprise! – in this world of 24/7 data collection there is currently some movement towards more privacy protection for consumers. The most ambitious effort is the ongoing attempt to come up with a uniform Do Not Track (DNT) standard. The W3C just this week announced that it has chosen “a foundation” for future discussions on ad targeting. The fact that this is billed as major progress shows the gridlock in the “Tracking Protection Working Group”.
So what exactly is DNT? Essentially, it is a HTTP header that is sent every time a browser requests a web page, asking advertisers and other third parties not to follow the user around the web. From a privacy protection standpoint, this is necessary because advertising networks and other entities are tracking a users’ behavior online and serving up corresponding ads. It’s the phenomenon of the “following ad” we all know – when suddenly all the ads we see are about the hiking shoes we looked at half an hour ago.
This post was produced as part of the UW Comm Department’s undergraduate Entrepreneurial Journalism course.
By Lauren Becherer
Whitney Ballen could be considered an old soul. The 22- year- old Seattle singer/ songwriter draws inspiration from vintage photos, loves her cat, and listens to tunes on her turntable.
But spinning records may not be considered so ‘old school’ anymore. Just like high-waisted jeans and Nintendo, vinyl records are making a comeback. A big one. Continue reading
The following excerpt from Rob Salkowitz’s outstanding book Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture offers a critical look at the collectors’ market through the lens of the (ever-shrinking) back issue dealers section of the Comic-Con exhibit hall. Salkowitz is a professor in the MCDM program.
As we start to contemplate a future of comics without comic books—and a future of media without media (records, CDs, DVDs, books, and other material repositories of information)—it’s important to recognize the role that the objects themselves play in the appeal of the content. Comic books are more than containers of story and art that can be transmuted seamlessly to any new method of delivery. The demise of physical methods of distribution represents a profound change in the atmospherics of media consumption. Despite everything we think we know about the superior convenience of digital, the consequences of this change from a commercial perspective are highly uncertain.
Consider the comic book collectors’ market. This is a big part of the culture of the hobby, and the existence of back-issue dealers adds intangible (and sometimes tangible) appeal to the desire to acquire and consume comics. At Comic-Con, old comics sellers used to define the exhibit hall, which was once known as the “dealers’ room.” These days, most of the dealers are clustered in the “Golden and Silver Age Pavilion” between aisles 200 and 1,000 toward the front of the hall, just adjacent to the alt.comics and book publishers. Continue reading
by Malcolm Griffes, Com 363 Student Contributor to Flip the Media
Crossing the Fremont Bridge you are greeted by a sign that reads, “Welcome to Fremont, center of the universe.” This sentiment is not far from the truth for bike commuters. Bike commuters heavily use the Fremont Bridge, and as for being the center of the bicycle universe here in Seattle, it is being empirically tested by Seattle’s first bike counter.
The simplistically named Fremont Bridge Bike Counter was installed October 2012. This will be the first summer the Bike Counter will be in effect. Already the bike counter has recorded its highest numbers. May 1st saw roughly 5,000 bike commuters pass over the bridge.
May was bike month and with the weather warming up more and more people are now out on their bikes. Because Seattle continues to have some of the worst traffic in the country, commuting by bicycle is ever more appealing.
When I moved to Seattle a little under two years ago, I (much like many other Seattlites already had) joined OKCupid. I was new in town, didn’t really know anyone and was looking to meet someone to, ya know, hang out with. I filled out my profile, added some sweet selfies plus a few artsy shots and waited for the messages to roll in. However, I, like most wasn’t going to be sitting at home in front of my computer waiting for those messages, but I certainly didn’t want to wait all day to check them when I got home from work. So, I downloaded the mobile app.
It was an OK app (see what I did there?). I flipped through potential matches, sorted through messages, looked at people who looked at me and rated people instead of sending any messages, which is, in my mind, the digital equivalent of making sexy eyes at a bar.
I met a few people, but after my interest faded, I became bored and I deleted my profile.
Fast Forward to about a year later and here I am again, joining OKCupid. The sweet username I had chosen so carefully before was no longer available. This was not because some other clever girl had snapped it up but because once a username is created, it can never by used by anyone ever again even after it is deleted. So I chose a new one, filled out the profile (with a lot less effort than before) and hit download on the mobile app.