To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
Where can I find accurate statistics regarding how many viewers/readers media organizations have? [more inside]
I'm in the UK with Virgin Media as my ISP. The combo modem/router they provide does not allow VPN to work (and I am not alone in my experience, according to the internet). Can anyone recommend a way around this? [more inside]
I'm looking for a link to studies that show people hold on to false beliefs (particularly via incorrect news accounts, accusations, or gossip) even after those facts have been proven false by the very same media outlets or sources. [more inside]
Just got a free XBox 360 (bundled with another purchase). Can I use it (with an external hard drive) as a standalone (no PC attached) media server for storage and streaming of my music/video library? [more inside]
How realistic is the portrayal of the media's coverage of the prison on Oz? (No spoilers in the question, potential for some in the answers.) [more inside]
What happened to my VLC media player? Suddenly all screwed up. [more inside]
How do I stop WinAmp from displaying the song title in the Visualizations window?
If I leave my computer for several hours, or it goes into hibernation mode, my audio programs Spotify and/or Media Monkey become weirdly unable to play audio tracks. What gives? Windows XP [more inside]
I have pickied myself into a corner. Help me out! [more inside]
You generate a lot of video/audio/etc. You're a professional, but not a network or tv station, so you don't have millions of dollars to spend on media archiving and backup. What are your digital media backup and storage strategies? [more inside]
Currently live coverage of my city's council meeting is only available on the local access channel of a cable provider, to which I am not subscribed. This got me curious about the whats and hows and costs of livestreaming video coverage of city council and committee meetings. [more inside]
I have some questions on what a first-generation Apple TV can or can't do. [more inside]
Help me bridge the gap between the world as it seems through the internet and media vs. the world I go about in every day. [more inside]
I want to become intimately familiar with Venezuelan politics; what should I read? [more inside]
I need help making iTunes, MediaMonkey, two iPhones and an external drive all play nicely with each other and our household's burgeoning music collection! [more inside]
Is there a quick and cheap template to make a simple but polished e-picturebook that I can offer as a free download / giveaway with a CD product? [more inside]
You're hiring interns and one of your qualifications is for them to be "proficient in Photoshop". What do you expect them to know? [more inside]
A friend is looking for US-based podcasts that are interesting, different, and NOT produced by white dudes. This is for work on podcasts as a medium for material that doesn't fit into "traditional" radio categories and as a place for experimentation. She's finding lots of great stuff, but says with the exception of "Longest shortest time", they're all by white guys. Do you have any recommendations for US-produced podcasts that are experimental, interesting, and from a different perspective? Thanks a lot!
Just realized that I have run out of business cards, and I am speaking at SXSW in a week. What clever, amusing, geeky solutions for sharing my contact information are out there? [more inside]
In my house, we have three macbooks and one external hard drive full of media. Please help me figure out a system for sharing the hard drive, setting up a media server, and wireless backup. [more inside]
If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
How does an ad-buyer get paid in an agency? And how does that information get relayed to the client? [more inside]
Knew it, shouldn't have indulged in the whim of this "pinterest" nonsense. I click "unlink" for Facebook, save, nothing happens. I get redirected to the main page, facebook photo and friendlinks intact. I get so frustrated I choose "delete account"....again, nothing happens. Redirected back to my main page, self's facebook photo serenely mocking me. [more inside]
Help me set up a media server for my computer network on one of two old Windows boxes. [more inside]
How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world? [more inside]
How has the internet changed the newsroom? [more inside]
Setting up a media PC for my television. Already have all the hardware set up, just wondering what kind of software people are using to have a "reasonable television-like experience" with mouse only or wireless xbox360 controller (currently looking in to getting one of these) [more inside]
How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645 notebook? [more inside]
Can someone help me understand what people mean when they say - "Media is the message" or "Media is not the message". I don't get it at all? And online searching has not helped a great deal in gaining clarity either. Thanks.
What does an online media buyer do? [more inside]
What are some examples of movies, tv shows, or music videos that use the "high production value/low production value" trope like in this Coldplay video?
What are some examples of movies, tv shows, or music videos that use the "high production value/low production value" trope like in this Coldplay video? [more inside]
Help me find the primary source for Tommy Franks' assertion that the press represented the "fourth front" in the Iraq war. [more inside]
Looking for blogs, podcasts, or other online content that cover media theory/media studies. [more inside]
I want a media enabled living room - have I got the right setup? [more inside]
How much is Katy Perry worth? Is there any realistic way to calculate how much she got paid for what she produced? (Not the exact amount, but presumably we ought to be able to get the order of magnitude right.) [more inside]
Film and literature that depict empathy (or lack of) between adults? [more inside]
My Blu-Ray player will play AVI, MKV & other video files but it is a little too finicky about which ones it will accept. Is there a more liberal, tolerant, and accepting player on the market? [more inside]
The man can be overbearing, inserting his opinion instead of closing his mouth and opening his wallet, am I right? According to Michael Ian Black on a recent, awkward episode of WTF, the cast of The State bristled at MTV's suggestion that they add recurring characters to their sketches. As a fuck you to MTV, they created a character whose catch phrase, "I want to dip my balls in it" became a sensation. Know of any other creative fuck yous that have become cultural phenomena or were otherwise successful despite their intent?
I want watch on my TV the videos that are on my computer. HD (720p) format. Video streaming of content not necessary. What is the easiest and cheapest way to go about this? [more inside]
For Christmas, I want to give my Dad a collection of thought-provoking, idea-filled things to read or listen to - things that inspire discussion, reflection, imagination, and curiosity. His specific preferences and a few ideas I've had already are inside. [more inside]
Can you think of a movie, clip, song or any piece of media that would express extreme worry or anxiety? [more inside]
Looking for the top episodes of any TV series. "Best", most ground-breaking, controversial, funniest, awesome guest stars... Series/Season endings are easier, it's the stuff leading up to that where I need help. [more inside]
My boss has given me a weekly budget to run "social media" bonuses for our employees (finicky teenagers). Social media experts, any tips on how to make this project effective? Also ideas for bonuses/challenges very welcome and appreciated. [more inside]
Tell me about Apple TV. [more inside]
Help me cloud-ize my home. [more inside]
I'm really good at predicting the end of most movies and books. I easily see foreshadowing, symbolism, and archetypes. How can I parlay this skill into a creative job? [more inside]
Can you recommend books, short stories, academic pieces, movies, tv shows, and other media that explore the boundaries (and their blurring) between male bonding, friendship, camaraderie, hero worship and more "platonic" relations and homoeroticism/homosexuality? That delve into the lines between liking, love, lust, admiration, and feelings of belonging?
TL;dr, I have a very clingy friend. [more inside]
Internet as visual medium - Intro texts for college level? [more inside]