Daily Archives: June 17, 2012

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So, And you Believe You Have A Free Choice On The News You Get? – Infographic

It seems like in today’s world there are fewer and fewer people making choices for the greater good. What I mean to say is that everything in our world seems to be able to be consolidated. The media of course is no exception to this trend with only 6 major companies dictating about 90% of the media we have access to. In less than 30 years the number of companies providing us with our media has dropped from 50 to just 6. The six companies consisting of GE, New-corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. If your wondering who owns the major networks its CBS of course, GE owns NBC, News-corp owns fox, and Disney owns ABC.

A reason for concern is the gross misrepresentation have so few companies controlling so much causes. According to today’s infogaphic Media Consolidaiton: The Illusion of Choice there is one media executive to every 850,000 subscribers. It’s kind of like representative government except you don’t get to choose who represents you and there is no better option.

If the free market had truly decided who was the winner and loser I would have no problem with there just being six companies running our media. However the path to success for these companies was not so honorable. Some of these companies even though they’re some of the most profitable in the world don’t even end up paying taxes. Crazy how the average citizen who probably only makes enough to get by has to pay more proportionately than one of these powerhouses. [via]

Source: Daily Infograpic,

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International Internet Scam Hotspots – Infographic

We’ve all heard the horror stories: credit card fraud, pyramid schemes, phishing, identity theft — the list of scams goes on and on.

“Oh, that won’t happen to me,” you think. “I know the signs.” No one wants to think he’ll be counted among the fooled. But the truth is, you can never be too cautious about scams on the web.

After all, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, yearly dollars lost grew by about $500 million from 2004 to 2009, and the trend isn’t showing signs of slowing…Read More

Source: Mashable.com, Backgroundcheck.org

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Teens And Video Sharing – Infographic

Teens love to share using online video more than you might think.

Nearly four in 10 teens who use the Internet take advantage of video chat using Skype and other apps. More than a quarter upload video to the web, and over 10% stream live video online for others to watch.

Forty-two percent of female teens video chat, and it’s also especially popular among people who use social networking sites.

But a recent episode involving the flirting app Skout highlights the dangers of over-sharing online. The app had to ban users under 18 after three separate cases of teenagers alleging that they were sexually assaulted by adults posing as teens on the platform.

Sure, a flirting app is a much different thing than simply uploading or streaming video to the web, but it does underscore that fact that online actions often aren’t as private or well-intentioned as we think they will be.

How can teens and their parents make sure they stay safe online? Keeping video access private whenever that’s an option and being sure not to reveal personal information are two major keys.

Streaming live video online for others to watch is more or less equally popular across income and parental education levels. When it comes to streaming video to consume content, however, it’s not a huge surprise that the more digitally savvy teens are the heaviest users. Teens who use Facebook and Twitter are more than twice as likely to stream video for entertainment than their peers who don’t use those sites. And streaming video for entertainment comes with its own set of virus and malware risks…Read More

Source: Mashable.com, Thumbnail image courtesy JPott, Flickr, ZoneAlarm, pewinternet.org

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What Are The Gift’s For Father’s Day This year? – Infographic

Can online searches and purchasing trends point you to amazing Father’s Day gifts? If you believe in the power of the Internet, turn to the infographic below to find the perfect (last-minute) gift for dad.

About seven out of 10 people turn to the Internet to shop for Father’s Day. These numbers are fueling these Father’s Day gift results.

Here’s what’s popular by state. In New York, moms and children are searching for “spa gifts for men.” In South Carolina, many men may be receiving new golf shoes, while across the continent in California, fathers are hoping to receive hiking sticks this Sunday. Down South, Texan fathers will probably receive grill tools that their kids bought online, according to Google search results…Read More

Source: Mashable.com, Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, teobonjour