Internet

Word of Mouth - Segment
11:22 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Online Security Threatens the Offline World

Photo by F H Mira, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

“Critical infrastructure” once referred to things like roads, bridges and power plants. But today, the term includes the unseen digital networks that control our visible world. An easy way to protect this infrastructure from hackers is to simply keep it disconnected from the internet, but it turns out many of those systems indeed are connected to the web, unbeknownst to the people that operate them. Joining me to talk about this is Kim Zetter, senior writer for Wired.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:17 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Piracy: The Modern Scroll of Historic Salvation

Photo by Criterion, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Despite the spectacular congressional flop that was SOPA and PIPA, “piracy” is still a dirty word to most, with file-sharing sites like the Pirate Bay remaining in the eye of the storm and, of course, that made-for-TV takedown of Megaupload making international headlines a few weeks ago. It’s fair to predict we should expect more battles in the name of copyright protection  in the near future, but computer historian and writer Benj Edwards has a somewhat different take.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:36 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Here's What's Awesome!

NHPR's Brady Carlson, host of All Things Considered provides us with brain food from the Internet buffet - including the censorship of Twitter.  

 

Beats so fresh, they aren't even born yet.

VERMIN SUPREME!

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Here's What's Awesome
10:36 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Friday is for Memes: Sad Packers Fan

The Green Bay Packers are not going to repeat as Super Bowl Champions this year. That you surely already know. But it's not because Eli Manning and the New York Giants managed to contain the Packers' offense or outplay the Pack's defense. It's because of some sparkly nail polish and an Aaron Rodgers jersey that sat at home, unworn, during the most important playoff game of the year.

So explains our senior sports analyst, Sad Packer Fan:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:55 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

This segment was produced without Wikipedia

 The Stop Online Piracy Act now in front of Congress – and its Senate counterpart bill, the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, are both stirring up vigorous debates in political, media and  IT circles.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:23 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Crossing the BLVD

Photo by mgarbowski via Flickr Creative Commons

Archie Bunker wouldn’t recognize the Queens of today, where cultures normally  thousands of miles apart live on the same block, and 138 languages can come together in a classroom. On the streets of Queens, passers by might hear Albanian hip-hop wafting from a market stall, or a  gypsy punk riff sill out of a café.  The diverse colors, accents and clothing illustrate “globalization” and “multiculturalism” in a way that corporate strategists cannot. Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer are finely attuned to these sounds.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Meet the blogger behind Gwarlingo

Gwarlingo's Michelle Aldredge

Somewhere on the list of why making a radio show is so fun would be this:  surfing the internet is part of the job. In other office pods, people have to Google on the sly. We consider following links and electronic crumbs rather productive. You never know when you might accidentally stumble onto your next guest.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:17 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

The YouTube Celebrity in You

Photo by, eurleif, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

In 2007, Tay Zonday uploaded his video, “Chocolate Rain” to YouTube.  Before the rain soaked the ground, it became a viral sensation. Unlike many VH1 one-hit-wonders, Zonda’s career continues to thrive more than five years after the chocolate storm ran its course.  For musicians, finding a label was been traditionally been the way to stardom. For aspiring actors, heading to Hollywood has been the well-trod, yet equally unreliable gateway. Would-be YouTube celebrities can come from anywhere.

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Here's What's Awesome
1:53 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Friday is for Memes: Wikipedia "Please Read" Banners Remixed

Please read: a special remix of an urgent appeal by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales.

We all go to Wikipedia, which means we've all seen those banners. "Please Read: A Message from Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales." Where the "face of Wikipedia" has his face all over Wikipedia, asking for donations to keep the system running.

That alone was meme fodder, but then the late 2011 drive included new faces along with Jimmy's - programmers, server managers and other staff. All of which led to a sometimes disturbing but sometimes very funny series of revisions to the "please read" banner ads.

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Here's What's Awesome
1:35 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Friday is for Memes: The North Korean Hearse

Keyboard Cat somehow gets mixed up in a North Korean funeral procession. Remix culture strikes again.

Kim Jong Il's funeral was probably not intended to give birth to any memes, but when the hearse in the military procession featured a giant picture frame, the Photoshoppers' eyes got wide and the ideas started to flow.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:21 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Hockey Announcer Don Cherry is the Greatest Invisible Piano Player in Canada

If you're a hockey fan, you know Don Cherry, or at the very least you've seen his amazing collection of suit jackets.

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Here's What's Awesome
1:14 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Kim Jong Il Didn't Just Look at Things, Says the Web

The famous Tumblog Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things has already updated its "about" section to read in the past tense - it now says "the dear leader liked to look at things." Now the remixers have found a whole new side of the North Korean leader - as a DJ. Check out Kim Jong-Il Dropping the Bass to see him in action.

[via Cifanic]

Word of Mouth - Segment
11:42 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Here's What's Awesome: 2011!

(Photo by Colinaut via Flickr Creative Commons)

Awesomator Brady Carlson runs down his top ten awesomest online moments of the year.  

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Here's What's Awesome
12:21 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Friday is for Memes: Misleading Doctor

Misleading Doctor does it again.

From this Friday forward, Here's What's Awesome will bring you a fresh meme from the depths of web culture. This week, Misleading Doctor - who sets you up with a little news at the top of the image, only to turn that news on its head at the bottom of the image.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Bit Coins for Black Markets

Photo by Vaporizers, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Our guest Sabrina Rubin Erdely describes her journey down the Silk Road, an underground website where hack-savvy browsers can buy virtually anything, assuming it's illegal.

LINKS

Sabrina's article about the Silk Road

Sabrina's website about other stuff

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