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Career Connections | Radio Host

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Tony Ganzer works as a host and producer for WCPN, Cleveland's popular NPR affiliate, but he's covered everything from tourism in Arizona to banks in Switzerland and revolution in Egypt, and has reported stories in multiple languages. In this video we follow his career over several continents and learn why journalists must often delve into the complicated world of finance.

Southern Africa: Troubled Water

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In 2005, FRONTLINE/World featured the PlayPump, a promising new technology that pumped fresh water when children played on a merry-go-round. The story appealed to the good intentions of politicians, celebrities and funders, who gave support to installing thousands of these devices in Africa.

Now, in Troubled Water, reporter Amy Costello continues her investigation into what happened to those communities as the promise of the PlayPump fell short, villages were left with non-working PlayPumps for months, and the device’s biggest American boosters began to back away from a technology they had once championed.

 

Generation Like: "Trending" and Advertising

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From television shows built around Twitter feeds to YouTube-branded promotions, learn how social media “trending” is changing the way advertisers reach teens in this video from FRONTLINE: Generation Like. Trending 10, a TV program on the Fuse Network, produces shows throughout the day based on conversations it monitors on social media, particularly among teens and around music. Its programming, which is sponsored by commercial brands, exemplifies an endless feedback loop that has emerged between broadcast and social media: teens are coming up with the content and then helping promote it back to themselves. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

Generation Like: How "Likes" Become Money

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Learn about the industry committed to generating social media “likes” and how “likes” become money in this video from FRONTLINE: Generation Like. When kids like or re-tweet something they see online, whether they realize it or not, they’re helping advertisers create a demographic profile of them—a profile that advertisers can use to earn money for the companies they represent. Because the data generated through social media has monetary value, marketing executives are actively engaged in developing promotions that keep kids online. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

Art in the Era of the Internet | Off Book

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The Internet has created connections between people across the planet. In this episode, we take a look at the impact of this new interconnectivity on the art world. Traditional funding models are dissolving, new forms of expressing ownership have arisen to accommodate for remix culture, and artists are finding ways to connect physical art experiences and traditions to the Internet. In the digital era, the experience of art from the perspective of the artist and the art audience is shifting rapidly, and bringing more people into the creative process.

Cyber-bullying

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Cyber-bullying is where one or more children targets another through technology such as the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to threaten, harass, or embarrass another child. Cyber-bullying goes beyond just bullying, because it can follow you home (e.g., through text or e-mail messages, blogs, social networking web site, etc.). You can stop cyber-bullying by not responding to any of it, saving the evidence, and reporting it.

The Human Face of Big Data | Google Predicts the Flu

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Until recently, the only way to detect a flu epidemic was by accumulating information submitted by doctors about patient visits. This process took about two weeks to reach the CDC - much too long to be effective. In an effort to improve speed, researchers flipped the process and tried using big data. By using data from billions of Google searches over a period of five years, they were able to make amazing connections. They found that the number of flu related searches correlated with the number of people who had the flu. Most impressively, they could accurately predict flu outbreaks up to two weeks before the CDC by identifying specific search terms.

How To Create Responsible Social Criticism | PBS Idea Channel

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The recent matter of Sam Pepper's "social experiment" videos has inspired a lot of discussion and debate. Here at Idea Channel, we thought we'd take this opportunity to talk not specifically about Sam Pepper, but about media in general and its ability to comment on serious social issues. If Sam Pepper's video successfully critiqued assault, then why all the uproar? If media can be potentially hurtful, then how can we best comment on social issues? 

What is a tweet worth? #ALSIceBucketChallenge | PBS Idea Channel

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By now, everyone online knows about the Ice Bucket Challenge. While it has been incredibly successful in terms of dollars raised, lots of the videos failed to mention donations, and many people questioned the value of the campaign. Are these videos "slacktivism," helping only superficially with a cause? What value do our social posts really have? 

One Boy's Online Tragedy

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While some people turn to social networks as an opportunity to open up and be themselves, others are looking for targets. In this video segment from FRONTLINE: "Digital Nation," learn about Ryan Halligan, the victim of a vicious cyberbullying campaign. After Ryan committed suicide, his father, John, went on Ryan's computer to search for answers. As Ryan's friends opened up online to John, he learned about the taunting that his son endured both at school and online.

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