Media Mashup: August 28, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 5.11.25 PMEmail Addiction?

A survey of white-collar workers by Adobe Systems has discovered a new addiction among Americans: email.

The survey found that people use email six hours a day and more than 30 hours a week.

See http://cbsloc.al/1Kdt6pB

Data Addiction?

The Columbia Journalism Review ponders whether journalists are using too much data. The hype surrounding websites like Vox, FiveThirtyEight, and The New York Times blog The Upshot show that numbers-driven rankings, charts, and maps can be compelling storytelling tools. But data is subjective.”

I think CJR means the interpretation can be subjective. As I often say: figures lie and liars figure. Also, I still have trouble accepting that data and media are singular words! For details, see http://www.cjr.org/analysis/data_is_subjective.php

History Affliction?

High school students may get a taste of U.S. history. The College Board, the nonprofit corporation that controls all the high-school Advanced Placement courses and exams, published new guidelines for the AP U.S. history test. An earlier version, based on leftist claptrap, never suggested the existence of Franklin—or Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison or anyone resembling a Founding Father. Now they’re back. “Even the Federalist Papers were fished out of the memory hole,” The Wall Street Journal reports. For details, see http://on.wsj.com/1JzzHII

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

 

 

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