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Monday Mashup: Digital media news and conversation starters to get you through the week

Each Monday we bring you digital media news and conversation starters to get you through the week. If you appreciate a good pre-meeting icebreaker, this is for you.


Facebook is predicting the end of the written word

Facebook has arguably made us all writers, since it has become the medium of choice for millions to share their views and life experiences. But in five years that creativity may look very different. Facebook is predicting the end of the written word on its platform.

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Keith Hernandez on Slate, ‘slow internet’ and what’s next for publishers

“The race for the biggest audience is the wrong race to be in,” declared Keith Hernandez, who, eight months ago resigned as VP of brand strategy at Buzzfeed to become president at Slate – one of the first successful online magazines. As the publication approaches its 20th birthday, Keith sat down with Mumbrella to discuss his vision for the publication.

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4 changes to English so subtle we hardly notice they’re happening

It is possible to spot subtle linguistic changes by analyzing large digital collections of text or transcribed speech, some of which cover long periods of time. Linguists can run the numbers on these large corpora to determine the direction of language use trends and whether they are statistically significant. Here are 4 rather subtle changes happening in English, as determined by looking at the numbers.

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A brief history of people getting fired for social media stupidity

Here’s a look back at those and some of the other most ridiculous and terrible things people have posted to their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts before losing their jobs as a result. 

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