Self-Motivation
David Goggins
Former Navy Seal
Career Development
Bryan Cranston
Actor
Critical Thinking
Liv Boeree
International Poker Champion
Emotional Intelligence
Amaryllis Fox
Former CIA Clandestine Operative
Management
Chris Hadfield
Retired Canadian Astronaut & Author
Learn
from the world's big
thinkers
Start Learning

New Content Models

Question: Would Wikipedia benefit from editors?

Jay Rosen: I have several thoughts on it. The first is every time a kind of an old schooler says to me that people need a filter, they need an editor. I think to myself, well, okay, I think that’s probably right, but what kind of filter are you proposing to be and how are you learning what the [filterees] want from their filter, because if you don’t have a program for that, if you don’t have an idea for that, then the mere fact that you claim to be an authoritative filter means basically nothing, and it’s like let see how you do it and for whom? And, you know, with what kind of ideas are you filtering the world for me. And I think a lot of people from a traditional journalism background tend to assume that they are going to be an authoritative filter because of who they are, you know, or what institution they work for. And I really don’t think that works that way on the web. Secondly, I would frame it a little differently. We know how close editorial systems work and we know why they are necessary. Certain kinds of reporting really can only come from professional suppliers of verified fact, but open systems work differently and they have different advantages. Open systems shouldn’t be expected to behave the way close editorial shops do because their virtues are different and I cannot sign up to be a part of the New York Times election coverage this year. I can’t contribute in the ways. It’s not an open system. But you can go to OffTheBus.Net and sign up to contribute. And so, I think what we have to have is a more mature attitude where we simply realize that it’s a big news universe. Close systems work one way. They deliver certain kinds of goods. Open system work in different way. They can deliver certain things too, right? And, there’s going to be a third category, right. Hybrid forms with some editorial oversight and a lot of open contributions. And how exactly we combine this? What is sort of the contract, right, between the players? How did the parts put together? All of that is yet to be shown, but I think we need all three. Close door editorial systems like the old kind. These hybrid forms and open system with almost no control with whatsoever. So let just have them all and see what they do. We don’t need to fight these religious battles, right, about citizen journalism replacing the, you know, the New York Times or Baghdad Bureau. Nobody cares about that. It is a stupid thing to argue about. Bloggers are not going to replace the news media. Let’s figure out how all these things work in their web, and I think that would hold us in much better stead.

Recorde on: 08/19/2008

Jay Rosen outlines the three models that will exist for dissemination of online content.

The “new normal” paradox: What COVID-19 has revealed about higher education

Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images
Sponsored by Charles Koch Foundation
  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
  • COVID-19 has forced institutions to understand that far too many higher education outcomes are determined by a student's family income, and in the context of COVID-19 this means that lower-income students, first-generation students and students of color will be disproportionately afflicted.
Keep reading Show less

The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Hollywood has created an idea of aliens that doesn't match the science.

Videos
  • Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science.
  • "Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable populations that can evolve civilization."
  • In this compilation, Wilson, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, and evolutionary biologist Jonathan B. Losos explain why aliens don't look like us and why Hollywood depictions are mostly inaccurate.
Keep reading Show less

Live on Tuesday | Personal finance in the COVID-19 era

Sallie Krawcheck and Bob Kulhan will be talking money, jobs, and how the pandemic will disproportionally affect women's finances.

Masturbation boosts your immune system, helping you fight off infection and illness

Can an orgasm a day really keep the doctor away?

Image by Yurchanka Siarhei on Shutterstock
Sex & Relationships
  • Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level.
  • The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system.
  • Just as bad habits can slow your immune system, positive habits (such as a healthy sleep schedule and active sex life) can help boost your immune system which can prevent you from becoming sick.
Keep reading Show less

How DNA revealed the woolly mammoth's fate – and what it teaches us today

Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Surprising Science

Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.

Keep reading Show less
Quantcast