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Signal and Noise: What's Wrong with Polling

What kinds of information help us connect to each other on the most important issues of our day? Not polls, says Center co-director Matt Nisbet in his latest blog post. In fact, they’re hurting, not helping. It’s polling addiction that is keeping important issues like climate change off media’s radar—until, say, a hurricane takes out New Jersey. Read more...

Election Day 2012: What Does a Facebook ‘Like’ Really Mean?

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What can the latest analytics reveal about social networking trends in the 2012 election? With more Americans active in social networking than ever before, new social media analytics are uncovering trends among candidates' supporters with unique insight about the candidates themselves.  

Connecting Raw Videos, Documentaries & Global News with Social Action

Me at the zooBeyond our digital-age access to videos of dancing kittens, the potential for raw videos to galvanize public opinion, set the media agenda, and sometimes shock us into new awareness may not have been fully anticipated by YouTube’s founders (or maybe it was).  In the mere seven years since we saw YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim talk about elephants at the zoo in the first-ever YouTube video, the growth in the depth, range and sheer volume of available raw, user-generated videos has been nothing short of breathtaking – matched only by our apparent appetite for them. Read more...

"Twi-plomacy" is Changing the Face of Foreign Policy

@StateDeptTwitter is changing the face of diplomacy; in fact, it’s creating an entirely new concept in foreign relations that is changing the way publics are informed by governments. “Twi-plomacy” is a term that many in the social media world may not yet be familiar with, but it is becoming prevalent among government offices. Read more...

DC Startup Forum: WaPo's Risky Business

Will Vijay Ravindran put The Washington Post in the forefront of digital strategies? Ravindran is the Washington Post Company Senior Vice President and the first (ever) Chief Digital Officer.  Recently, he sat down with AU’s J-Lab Director and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jan Schaffer, to discuss his new expanding role and the future of news reporting. Read more...