Many news organizations are increasingly filling websites with news about topics that readers have read before by taking advantage of user behavior data. These methods may have the opposite intended result of news discovery. Further, they may end up undercutting the value proposition of the media industry itself via a process economists call lock-in. 1 How does… Continue reading Path Dependency and News Discovery Algorithms
An old adage of communication -- "the medium is the message" -- helped to focus a communicator's attention to the form in which the communication took place (the medium of the message). The idea came from the mid-20th century, when the industry of communications first blossomed into a global phenomenon. Powerful institutions and elite groups… Continue reading Why the medium is no longer the message
A new German bill would create a new type of copyright to protect news articles, thus creating a price for search engines to share articles, summarizes the Columbia Journalism Review. The copyright would essentially work as a legal tool to help content owners enforce licencing agreements between themselves and search engines. The search engines would be required to… Continue reading Can Germany limit search engine aggregation? Not likely, but interesting.