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Week in the News for November 11

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Here are this week’s interesting media and publishing stories. Add your favorites to the comments section.

Social Media

  • Daily Facebook activity among younger teens is in decline. AdWeek
  • Jenna Wortham wonders if Facebook is fading. Bits
  • Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, talks about his new venture, Medium. NYT

Media and Publishing

  • John Oliver leaves the Daily Show for HBO. AdWeek
  • BuzzFeed Books promises positive coverage. CJR
  • 10 technological innovations in TV broadcasting. Stuff of Genius

Lifehack and Business

Writing and Grammar


  • Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper and lead developer for Tumblr. NextMarket
  • Tim Stevens, Engadget’s former Editor-in-Chief. RIYL
  • Tech columnist David Pogue talks about leaving The New York Times for Yahoo! NextMarket

For fun

  • The experiment that led to the concept of “thinking outside the box.” io9
  • Do our brains find certain shapes more attractive than others? Smithsonian

Written by Gabrielle

November 17, 2013 at 11:39 am

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  1. John Oliver left The Daily Show!? This is the first I’m hearing of this! Oh my god!

    Also, about the Facebook thing–a teacher friend of mine recently said that when she mentioned Facebook to her students, who are Freshmen in high school, they said “Eeww, Facebook is for old people.”

    Which made me panic for a second about being old. I mean, I already don’t get the new social media crazes like Vine and Snapchat. Then I realized it’s probably futile to try to keep up with that sort of thing. So when Facebook fades and/or is relegated to the territory of the uncool old people, then oh well… I think maybe I’ll just sit the next round of social media hype out.


    November 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  2. I love that the OED word of the year is “selfie”! Absolutely ridiculous yet somehow I approve.
    Just found your blog btw and love it!

    Maria Ribas

    November 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm

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