Has the digital age made things like handwritten letters and rotary phones obsolete? Today, we look at our possible transition towards a paperless society. Then, what treasure lays buried at your local transfer station? And how can that change your relationship with your neighbors? Plus, we speak with New Hampshire author Betsy Woodman about her new novel Emeralds Included.
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On today's Word of Mouth, we explore the digital world and two apps recently added to it. NHPR's Sean Hurley brings us a story of a World Record with New Hampshire origins. Finally: a look at a Sundance film about genocide. We’ll learn about Raphael Lemkin, a Holocaust survivor who coined the term, providing a legal framework for prosecuting the crimes of WWII. Listen to the full show and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.
Researchers have long known the best way to learn is with a personal tutor. But tutoring is expensive. Providing the benefits of tutoring to everyone hasn't been possible. Now, experts say technology creates new ways for schools to customize education for each student.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Chinese hackers had gained access to the designs of more than two dozen US weapons systems, including combat ships, aircraft, and missile defense systems. Although China denied the claims in the Defense Department report cited by the post, that country’s government announced earlier today that they have plans to conduct China’s first “digital military” exercise next week. President Obama and the Pentagon have increasingly addressed concerns about government-backed Chinese hackers in recent months, and next week, the president is scheduled to discuss cyber security with China’s president.
Today’s digital world has turned the feedback process into a real-time drama. Home videos, blogs, book review; once posted, everything is fair game for comments, ranging from the rational to the vicious. Few people know this better than James Lasdun - a poet and author, most recently of “Give Me Everything You Have”. The new book is a chilling account of his relationship with a former student turned stalker, who since 2007 has been working to tear down Lasdun’s personal and professional reputation through a terrifying online campaign of hate mail and public commentary.
If you find a little bit of ironic poetry in the rise of the retro photo-app Instagram, bought by Facebook for one billion dollars, you have to appreciate the story of Snapstagram: a new kickstarter-funded startup that takes the digital transformation of photography full circle. Jared Gibbons is co-founder of
Before Facebook and MySpace transformed how we interact virtually, there was another kind of Internet — a 1980s network, where users connected via phone lines and communicated through simple lines of text.
And while that may sound outdated, that version of the Internet is still very much alive.
'A Lot More Elegant'
Pat McNameeking, a college student in Concord, N.H., is one champion of this throwback social network known as SDF, or Super Dimensional Fortress.
Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 6:35 pm
These days, hotels aren't just looking to hire bellhops, concierges and housekeepers. What the industry really needs are digital bloodhounds: people who understand how to use new technologies to track — and attract — potential guests.
One of those newfangled workers is Greg Bodenlos. At 24, he's just a couple of years out of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. His official title is digital marketing strategist at The Mark Hotel, a luxury hotel in New York City.
Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 8:45 pm
There are some 7,000 spoken languages in the world, and linguists project that as many as half may disappear by the end of the century. That works out to one language going extinct about every two weeks. Now, digital technology is coming to the rescue of some of those ancient tongues.
Members of the Native American Siletz tribe in Oregon say their native language, also called "Siletz," "is as old as time itself." But today, you can count the number of fluent speakers on one hand. Siletz Tribal Council Vice Chairman Bud Lane is one of them.
Here’s something else you’re bound to hear somebody say before kickoff on Sunday,“I don’t really watch football, but I like the ads and maybe the halftime show.” With bazillions of viewers watching "sans Tevo,” advertisers pull out all the stops for the big game, rolling out their most creative, edgy, and, hopefully, memorable campaigns. This year though, Superbowl advertisers are adding a new offensive move to their playbooks – digital integration. Here to tell us more is Sean Owen, CEO of the marketing and ad agency Wedu.