Category: News

Visit from Facebook in EM 757 User Producers 2.0: Developing Interactivity

Dr. Guo and the students in EM 757 recently welcomed Sushi Sutasirisap and Joy L. Hightower to their remote class. Sushi Sutasirisap is currently a senior product designer at Facebook, leading the media design team on Portal. Her mission is to use technology to bring people closer together. She has also previously designed world-class products […]

We’re Still Talking About 2016 Online Trolling

We are still hearing about Russian involvement in the 2016 election cycle… It’s February of 2018. The investigation into the bots, trolls, and alleged involvement of Russian operatives in US election cycle manipulation has just come to it’s (first) conclusion indicting Russian nationals. A long discussed and disputed investigation into what exactly happened in the 2016 […]

Making Social Media Matter Workshop

Registration opens this week for Making Social Media Matter, 3 day workshop! Go From Big Data to Data Scientist in Just Three Days at Boston University Making Social Media Matter is a hands-on, three-day workshop that equips attendees with skills to quickly collect, analyze, visualize, and interpret data from popular social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and blogs. […]

Social Media Black Market

Obtaining a critical mass of followers on social media is how one influences thought, generates income, and mobilizes action. Generating mass followers is the goal of business, policy leaders, social entrepreneurs and, unfortunately, subversive actors. The New York times article The Follower Factory, published on line on January, 27th 2018, described the methodology for achieving […]

Social TV and Cultural Unification and Adaptation

      When it comes to streaming-shows through on-demand media platforms such as Netflix and watching live broadcast TV, content and culture matter since the type of content that a platform/medium provides and how it provides it, ultimately affects culture. New trends in viewing media content have emerged among on-demand streaming services such as […]

Smart Watch Survival

Wearable technology is a thing of the future, and the future is here. The first Bluetooth device was sold in 2000 and from there, wearable technology took off.  The Go Pro broke out in 2004, Google Glass took off in 2013, and over the next few years we will see a variety of devices emerge […]

Form or Content?

  Does content and culture matter? This is a very relevant question considering the speed at which new media technologies are emerging. Is it the form of the media that gets us or does the content and cultural adaptations make us who we are? Gentzkow (2006) argued that television is generally “bad” from the perspective […]

Does content and culture matter?

Recent years, TV media has been an essential political weapon in the west, and the media has penetrated into every aspect of social life in the information age (Patiz, 2015). There is no doubt that the modern American political life is fully penetrated by the media, and the role of TV media in the presidential […]


Digital, as a word, seems to be ubiquitous in today’s life. From the media entertainment such as movies and music to the promotion of political campaign, we people can access to all these things through “bits” at anytime and anywhere (Negroponte, 1995). Admittedly, with the development of digital media, it’s more convenient for people to […]

Love It or Loathe It: Content and Culture are Changing Behavior of Media Consumption

Love It or Loathe It: Content and Culture are Changing Behavior of Media Consumption Diverse content and pluralistic culture come into being with a changeable media landscape, impacting realm of media distribution and consumption to some extent. Content and culture do matter because they can predict identities, values, and behaviors of users, directly influencing media […]