The Internet has become America’s playground with the great majority of those online now using the web to pursue leisure-time interests from genealogy and collecting to gambling.
The News You Choose
In a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like? A one-week study of a new crop of user-driven news sites by the Project for Excellence in Journalism suggests that the news agenda would be more diverse, more transitory, and often drawn from a very different and perhaps controversial list of sources.
Online Videos Go Mainstream
Widespread deployment of broadband and a dramatic promotion push by content providers has helped pave the way for mainstream audiences to adopt online video viewing.
Uploading Democracy: Candidates Field YouTube Questions
Tuesday night’s Democratic debate was widely anticipated for its groundbreaking format. Candidates took on a host of issues asked by citizens via YouTube videos; what follows is an analysis of the format and major themes of the debate as compared with public opinion data.
China’s Online Population Explosion
The influx of tens of millions of new online participants each year can be expected to have far-reaching consequences for the people of China, for its government and economy, and for the United States and the world.
Campaign Internet Videos: “Sopranos” Spoof vs. “Obama Girl”
They originate on the internet, but more people are viewing them on TV than online.
Adjusting to a Diet of Spam
As more of the stuff finds its way into Americans’ personal and workplace email accounts, internet users find it easier to digest.
A Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users
The advent of Web 2.0 invites users to participate in the commons of cyberspace. Yet little is known about which segments of the population are inclined to make robust use of the new technologies and which aren’t. Using data from a new survey, the Pew Internet & American Life project has developed a typology of people’s relationship to information and communications technology.
Wikipedia: When in Doubt, Multitudes Seek It Out
The online, citizen-generated encyclopedia draws more visitors on a typical day than internet shopping, dating, travel booking, chat rooms or auctions — especially among the well-educated and college-aged.
Cruising for News: The State of Digital Journalism
The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s State of the Media Report provides an interactive tool to help users understand news options available on the Web.