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Are There Rules For Spoilers? | PBS Idea Channel

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Spoilers can be infuriating because they can ruin the suspense in a piece of media. But some people like them, actually preferring to have the endings divulged. What camp are you in? Why aren't there better guidelines regarding spoilers? We caught up with some of our favorite Youtubers at Vidcon and got their two cents. Watch the episode and tell us what you think!

Is the Discovery of Global Warming Our Greatest Scientific Achievement? | PBS Idea Channel

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Global warming exists, but how do we know that? It may seem like a simple process of just looking at the temperature from year to year, but it is so much more than that! Our understanding of the global climate comes from a compendium of data including measured and tracked temperature, humidity, wind speed, and barometric pressure, spanning over 100 years of observation. To study this massive amount of information and be able to surmise that the increasingly extreme and bizarre weather patterns are a result of human influence is truly an incredible accomplishment. 

Fantasy Sports: Gambling or Skill-Based Fun? | PBS NewsHour

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Find out the controversy behind online fantasy sports with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 4, 2016.

Commercial Space Exploration

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In this the.News segment, Antonio Neves reports on the Phezu Space Company, a privately-held outer space repair shop, to address the pros and cons of commercialized space exploration. He addresses what space exploration stands to gain, as well as the possible dangers of the privatization of space exploration.

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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