Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Buying Stamps For Profit, Popular Science Ends Comments, & A Typewriter Causes An Internet Stir

Credit Leo Reynolds via flickr Creative Commons

On today's show:

  • Why Popular Science Put The Kibosh On Online Comments: Media outlets have long-debated how best to moderate online comments, where some of the worst internet trolling takes place…last month, Popular Science shut down comments on its website, citing, in part, a study from the University of Wisconsin measuring the influence negative comments have on other readers. Jake Ward is the former Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science, he joined us to talk more about the decision and response so far.
  • Selling Seats In Popular College Courses For Profit: Joel Eastwood of the Toronto Star, wrote about savvy students at the University of Toronto registering for classes and then selling those spots to students who need that particular course but can’t get in through the normal registration process.
  • Writer Takes Typewriter To Park And Incites An Internet Riot: When Christopher Hermelin moved to New York, he lived like countless other jobless 20-somethings: no prospects, no money, and rent due at the first of the month. But instead of kicking around in a café, he hit the streets with a ten dollar typewriter and a sign printed: “Stories while you wait. Sliding scale, donate what you can.”

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