Editorials & Opinion


I Didn’t Know How Much I Hated Netflix Until I Used This.

I Didn’t Know How Much I Hated Netflix Until I Used This.

Redbox and Verizon’s joint-venture video service is now in “alpha” testing, as the companies try to challenge Netflix for the streaming crown.
Joe Arico in Verizon



Obama to Daughter: ‘You’re Not Old Enough for an IPhone’. Here’s Why.

Obama to Daughter: ‘You’re Not Old Enough for an IPhone’. Here’s Why.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama decided their daughter Malia was old enough to get a cell phone when she turned 12, yet another set of parents wrestling with the thorny question of the best age for kids to get mobile phones.
Margaret Rock in Is This Thing On?



Carriers Fend Off Big Brother, But Not For Long

Carriers Fend Off Big Brother, But Not For Long

Government officials are bombarding phone carriers with requests for customer information, highlighting an increase in surveillance threatening consumer privacy.
Kate Knibbs in Verizon



The Digital Revolution of Video Games

The Digital Revolution of Video Games

At a time when new ideas and technology are transforming movie and music distribution, video games are emerging as the next medium to feel the effects of change.
Joe Arico in Arts & Entertainment



Media-Mind: Sorry Hollywood, UltraViolet Isn’t the Answer

Media-Mind: Sorry Hollywood, UltraViolet Isn’t the Answer

Several Hollywood studios hope UltraViolet is the answer to falling DVD sales and lost revenue, but a crowded market of digital options could hold the new format back.
Joe Arico in Strategies & Solutions



How Internet Censorship Keeps Traditions Alive

How Internet Censorship Keeps Traditions Alive

Thailand’s long-standing laws against criticizing its monarchy are colliding with the openness of the Internet, as the country balances the promises of progress with the pull of ancient traditions.
Kendra Srivastava in Is This Thing On?



Media-Mind: Why Your Phone Has No FM Radio

Media-Mind: Why Your Phone Has No FM Radio

People use smartphones to download games, music, Internet radio and virtual talking cats, but can’t listen to their local FM radio signal, something broadcasters hope to change.
Joe Arico in Media-Mind



How Fathers Connect with Technology: You’ve Come a Long Way, Daddy

How Fathers Connect with Technology: You’ve Come a Long Way, Daddy

Move over, tech-savvy moms — digital dads are hitting the scene, finding new ways to connect with kids and turning newfound “geek” abilities into cool cred with the kiddies.
Margaret Rock in Is This Thing On?



Media-Mind: The Consequences of Skipping Commercials

Media-Mind: The Consequences of Skipping Commercials

Dish Network is embroiled in a lawsuit with television networks over a feature that will allow viewers to skip commercials during recorded shows, and the outcome could affect future programming.
Joe Arico in Arts & Entertainment



How the Internet Is Lowering Teen Pregnancy

How the Internet Is Lowering Teen Pregnancy

Despite claims that the ubiquity of Internet porn is over-sexualizing young people, the teen birth rate is lower than ever, suggesting the flow of information is making some impact on sexual behavior.
Kate Knibbs in Is This Thing On?