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Radio Nowhere Trades Physical Dollars for Digital Dimesnew

After his band's popularity waned, Mike Baker began using social networking to write his music and build a buzz.
East Bay Express  |  Eric Rubin  |  08-12-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Social Networking is Ruining Your Summernew

Warm weather is supposed to be about perching on a saggy lawn chair during a backyard barbecue, swatting at mosquitoes and waiting for a turn at the beer-pong table. Unfortunately, I find myself struggling to balance my beer between my knees and my overstocked paper plate on my thigh as I furiously poke at my BlackBerry.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sara Faith Alterman  |  07-23-2009  |  Tech

Researcher Says White Folks are Fleeing MySpace for Facebooknew

Last week, a study showing that older folks have flocked to Facebook was all over the news. But word of an even more provocative trend waits in the wings: white flight from MySpace to Facebook.
SF Weekly  |  Lauren Gard  |  07-15-2009  |  Tech

How a Gamer Used His Celebrity in 'World of Warcraft' to Launch a Music Careernew

Even Michael Bailey -- or Fony, as he's known to fellow WoW gamers -- couldn't have predicted that one day his cyber-world celebrity would bring his real-world electronic music group hundreds of digital download sales and a burgeoning international fanbase.
East Bay Express  |  Nate Seltenrich  |  07-02-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Can Social Media Transform Politics ... and Reboot Texas Republicans?new

Twitter and other social-media tools certainly illuminate the humanity of politicians who make enthusiastic use of the newest technology. But is this kind of social networking politically effective? Does it give Twitter and Facebook followers anything more important than a sometimes-revealing glimpse into their favorite politicians' consciousnesses?
The Texas Observer  |  Josh Berthume  |  06-17-2009  |  Politics

Inventing the Future at MITnew

At MIT's fabled Media Lab, some will change the world with robots and computers, others with ... Wii guitars.
Boston Phoenix  |  Abigail Jones  |  05-14-2009  |  Tech

Crowd-Sourced Graphic Design Has the Profession on Edgenew

Widely perceived as the wave of the future, Crowdspring has also been characterized as the design Antichrist, a force that will destroy the profession.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  02-23-2009  |  Art

Paul Proulx: Banned from YouTubenew

The Boston-based video editor has built a following by paying homage to Hollywood's coolest directors online. So why is YouTube all up in his grill?
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  02-19-2009  |  Tech

Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0new

Bay Area business owners say Yelp offers to hide negative customer reviews of their businesses on its web site ... for a price.
East Bay Express  |  Kathleen Richards  |  02-18-2009  |  Tech

Musicians are Hardly Immune to the Twitter Bugnew

Is the "microblog" Internet phenomenon the next leap forward for musicians or just a tweeting waste of time?
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  02-17-2009  |  Music

The Post-Modern 'Art' of Twitter Fictionnew

Twitter technology lets you write a novel 140 characters at a time. And you want to do this why?
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  01-16-2009  |  Books

Maybe It's Time to Commit Facebook Suicidenew

Blue-collar jobs that take place outdoors, involve manual labor, and don't interact with computers probably aren't at risk of Facebook abuse. But white-collar office jobs are a different story.
East Bay Express  |  Rachel Swan  |  01-15-2009  |  Tech

Facebook Becomes an Israeli-Palestinian 'Battleground'new

The war in Israel and Gaza has quickly expanded to Facebook, where backers of both camps are using many of the social networking site's features to voice their opinions in graphic and sometimes absurd ways.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Piatetsky  |  01-14-2009  |  Media

Study Reports that Internet Use is Good for Teens' Healthnew

A massive three-year study by the MacArthur Foundation found that using digital technology is integral to the development of healthy, smart and socially adept teenagers.
NOW Magazine  |  Joseph Wilson  |  01-09-2009  |  Tech

2008's Best Viral Videosnew

Here are five of 2008's definitive musical videos that didn't involve a cat flushing a toilet.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  01-02-2009  |  Tech

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