Social Media

1:05am

Wed September 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

For Biographers, The Past Is An Open (Electronic) Book

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 11:00 am

Digital ephemera can capture things that don't appear in official accounts of events — but the material's in danger of disappearing if it's in obsolete formats.
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For centuries, biographers have relied on letters to bring historical figures to life, whether Gandhi or Catherine the Great. But as people switch from writing on paper to documenting their lives electronically, biographers are encountering new benefits — and new challenges.

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11:22am

Tue September 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Facebook Chats Prompt At-Risk Minority Men To Get HIV Tests

Latinos and African-Americans are more active on social media. Could that help promote HIV testing among minorities?
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It didn't take long for people to figure out that Facebook could be a great place to connect with other people dealing with the same health problems. But public health officials have moved cautiously, lest their efforts backfire. Do you really want to "like" STDs?

But there is now evidence the social media approach can help, even when the health condition is sensitive. Facebook can play a role in persuading people at high risk of HIV/AIDS to use a home HIV test kit, a study finds.

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7:44am

Wed August 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Despite Distaste For Health Law, Americans Oppose Defunding

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:49 pm

Defunding strikes most Americans as the wrong prescription for the Affordable Care Act.
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Opponents of the Affordable Care Act often talk about how unpopular it is.

And this month's tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation bears them out. Negative views of the law (42 percent) top positive ones (37 percent).

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1:16pm

Mon August 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

'I'd Tap That' And Other NSA Pickup Lines Are All The Rage

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:58 pm

An anti-NSA protester in Washington, DC.
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News that National Security Agency officers sometimes abuse domestic intelligence gathering practices to monitor potential love interests has led to a sweeping, satirical response by The People of The Internet. On Tumblr and Twitter, the #NSAPickupLines and #NSALovePoems hashtags have sparked all sorts of creativity from users poking fun at the potential intrusion of the NSA into our personal lives.

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10:39am

Thu August 22, 2013
Agriculture

#FoodChatting About Farmers Markets

Community Supported Agriculture allows consumers buy a share of a farmers produce, and sometimes brings in some unique items. Twitter user @JBooneClemmons says that can be daunting: "I have personally never been part of a CSA because I am worried about waiting things I am not sure how to cook."
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Curious about what’s happening online in the food scene? Four years ago, a new hashtag popped up in the Twittersphere - #foodchat is where consumers and producers can talk.

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