Media and Content

The easy availability of information on the Internet may lead to the commoditization of content. However, if content is free or low cost, it may be difficult for those who produce it (like journalists) to earn a living. Economists and other scholars examine this tension and suggest various solutions.

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Professor Mike Ananny, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, asks the New York Times to radically reconsider the role of the Public Editor given this age of social media we now live in.
Stanford economics professor Matthew Gentzkow examines data from several research studies to answer the question, “Are Americans more politically divided now than ever before?”
Professor Matthew Gentzkow discusses competition in media, and how it is sometimes beneficial and at other times harmful.
danah boyd, founder of the Data & Society Research Institute, shares the experience of collaborating with Henry Jenkins and Mimi Ito to write their book, “Participatory Culture in a Networked Era.”
"Just like patients should always read the labels before taking a new drug, courts should always read the Section 230 precedent before denying the immunity." Professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University, examines the Hardin v. PDX case.
Matthew Gentzkow, an economics professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has been awarded the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal by the American Economic Association (AEA). Professor Gentzkow was recognized for his work in the field of media economics, including studies of the effect of increased digitization on the press, the market forces that shape the creation of new forms of media, and links between media and levels of political polarization.
Professor Matthew Gentzkow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, addresses the question: how does the Internet affect the likelihood of citizens being exposed to information that may contradict their existing views?
On the internet, "sponsored by" may mean that the article was written for an advertiser.
Professor Randal Picker, University of Chicago, examines the Federal Trade Commission’s recent report, “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade.” In this post, he discusses the FTC’s analysis of in-app advertising.
Are online news aggregators destroying journalism or do they help newspapers’ websites get more traffic? To address this question, TNIT member Susan Athey and her colleague Markus Mobius have examined the effects of an opt-in ‘local news’ feature introduced by Google News in France.
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