An ad blocker for tragedies: How news sites handle content around sensitive stories | Nieman Journalism Lab

An ad blocker for tragedies: How news sites handle content around sensitive stories; ; In Nieman Journalism Lab; 2015-03-30.
Teaser: For stories like the Germanwings plane crash, The New York Times and many other publishers flip a switch to remove ads to avoid unwanted connections.

Original Sources

Mentions

One of those “former staffers confirm” sorts of folklore recursions.

<meta property="ad_sensitivity" content="noads" />

Three settings in the CMS

  • (empty) or missing
  • noads
  • tragedy

How to avoid ads in Gmail (or not); Carrie McLaren; In BoingBoing; 2009-07-31.

  • The original source for the piece was on homepage.mac.com which is now EOL (gives a 404- 500-type message).
  • <quote>you need 1 catastrophic event or tragedy for every 167 words in the rest of the email.</quote>

Secrecy on the Set: Hollywood Embraces Digital Security | NYT

Secrecy on the Set: Hollywood Embraces Digital Security; Nicole Perlroth; In The New York Times (NYT)

Mentioned

  • IntraLinks
    • name dropped
  • RedSeal
    • advice
  • Varonis
    • name dropped
  • WatchDox
    • encrypted documents
    • a document viewer
    • Palo Alto, CA

Cited

  • Aaron Levie, CEO, Box.
  • Ray Rothrock, CEO, RedSeal,
  • Adi Ruppin, CTO, WatchDox
  • Lulu Zezza, production assistent, some Studio.

Deep Feelings: A Massive Cross-Lingual Study on the Relation between Emotions and Virality | Guerini, Staiano

Marco Guerini, Jacopo Staiano; Deep Feelings: A Massive Cross-Lingual Study on the Relation between Emotions and Virality; In Proceedings of the International Conference on the World Wide Web (WWW); 2015; preprint 2015-03-15.

Abstract

This article provides a comprehensive investigation on the relations between virality of news articles and the emotions they are found to evoke. Virality, in our view, is a phenomenon with many facets, i.e. under this generic term several different effects of persuasive communication are comprised. By exploiting a high-coverage and bilingual corpus of documents containing metrics of their spread on social networks as well as a massive affective annotation provided by readers, we present a thorough analysis of the interplay between evoked emotions and viral facets. We highlight and discuss our findings in light of a cross-lingual approach: while we discover differences in evoked emotions and corresponding viral effects, we provide preliminary evidence of a generalized explanatory model rooted in the deep structure of emotions: the Valence-Arousal-Dominance (VAD) circumplex. We find that viral facets appear to be consistently affected by particular VAD configurations, and these configurations indicate a clear connection with distinct phenomena underlying persuasive communication.

Promotions

An Emerging Science of Clickbait; staff; In MIT Technology Review; 2015-03-25.
Teaser: Researchers are teasing apart the complex set of links between the virality of a Web story and the emotions it generates.

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability 2015-03-27 | High Scalability -

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability; 2015-03-27.

Mentioned

AT&T’s plan to watch your Web browsing—and what you can do about it | Ars Technica

AT&T’s plan to watch your Web browsing—and what you can do about it; ; In Ars Technica; 2015-03-27.
Teaser: Want to opt out? It could cost up to $744 extra per year.

Mentions

  • GigaPower
    • startup fee
    • + $99/month for DSL-type service
    • + $29/month for tracking-limitation.
    • ⨉ $30% various taxes & user fees
    • = ~$175-$200/month

Make Way for Generation Z | NYT

Make Way for Generation Z; Alexandra Levit; In The New York Times (NYT); 2015-03-28.

tl;dr => It’s a book promo for her book
Alexandra Levit; They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World; Career Press; 3rd edition, 10th Anniversary Edition; 2014-02-25; 240 pages; kindle: $11, paper: $950+SHT.