“If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold” – blue_beetle, 2010.
What an entertaining ride for the fans! This has to run the full psychological gamut, from reactions of sympathy and admiration for his performance in tribute to his “dead girlfriend” to betrayal, not only his, allegedly by Tuiasosopo, but by the media who didn’t do their job. It’s interesting as well that this “story” continues to hold the fan’s attention. It’s just another soap opera but this time with a sports twist. Standby for Katie Couric’s interview on the 24th.
Al-Jazeera recently announced that it had finally broken into the American media by purchasing Al Gore’s Current TV network. It’s been a long time coming in this nation that appeared to support the mass psychological vilification of the channel following the agenda and cues of former President George Bush. During those years, Al-Jazeera was a new offering that presented the Middle Eastern perspective on world activities – a view that most in the Bush administration didn’t care for as it tended to be critical of American activities in the region – which can be seen in the documentary Control Room (Noujaim, 2004). Continue reading
I’m often amused by the scientific need to confirm the obvious – it can’t be real until it’s been tested, documented and peer reviewed, which I fully understand has a purpose. A recent study claims to show causality between video streaming and viewer behavior. Causality in itself is a significant term indicating that there is a proven relationship between one factor and another establishing cause and effect. Typically what science documents is that there exists a correlation between two or more factors. Correlation indicates a relationship, but not cause and effect. In this case, relying on more than 23 million video playbacks and more than 6 million unique visitors, the study released late last year documents that a video “start” delay lasting for more than two seconds causes viewers to begin to abandon the video (Sitaraman & Krishnan, 2012). Continue reading
…is what you get in the 2013 Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology edited by Dr. Karen Dill of Fielding University. My only initial critique is that of all the reputable authors, only five appear to come from abroad (two from Germany, one from Italy, one from Japan, and one from the Netherlands). This begs the exclamation: What! No David Giles?
Otherwise, it appears it will be a great read as time goes on.