Is information the currency of the new economy? If you read Super Crunchers, by Ian Ayres, that is the conclusion you will be pointed to. In fact, the book argues that data crunching is having an impact on everything from daily personal decisions to public policy. This can have a serious effect on how companies attempt to influence public opinion.
Vint Cerf helped build the Internet in California in the 1970s, revolutionizing the way people obtain information and consume media. Now he sees television quickly reaching what he calls its "iPod Moment."
According to a study from Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, an overwhelming majority of the public (87 percent) says celebrity scandals receive too much news coverage. This criticism generally holds across most major demographic and political groups. Virtually no one thinks there is too little coverage of celebrity scandals.
As recent events in Myanmar so vividly portrayed, the role of journalists in today's media-driven society can be very dangerous. More than 1,000 journalists have been killed in war zones or assassinated in the past ten years, as reported by the International News Safety Institute.