Does social media use cause depression?

The extent to which social media has embedded itself into the daily lives of people cannot be understated. A UK study has looked specifically at how teenagers are affected, and the differences between how they project themselves online and the unattainable images and fantasies with which they are bombarded. Researchers at University College London studied…

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US weighs complete withdrawal of troops from Syria: US media

The United States is considering a total withdrawal of its forces from Syria, US media reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed US officials.  Such a decision, if confirmed, would upend assumptions about a longer-term US military presence in Syria, which US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior US officials had advocated to help ensure ISIL. …

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Parents spend more time on media than their kids

Data: Nielsen; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios U.S. adults spend 10 hours and 24 minutes per day connected to media, according to Nielsen’s latest Total Audience Report. Details: What’s more shocking than the crazy amount of time we spend consuming content is the amount that older people consume compared to younger generations. While adults aged 50–64 spend…

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Despite Mic collapse, several VC-backed digital media startups are thriving

When digital media site Mic went bust earlier this month, it sparked an inferno of postmortems. Not only for Mic itself, but for digital media startups as a whole. Everything from “pivot to video” snark to “VC is the original sin for such startups” to finger-pointing at Facebook and Google for being bad partners. The…

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Verizon Takes $4.5 Billion Charge Related to Digital Media Business

Verizon Communications Inc. is booking a $4.5 billion accounting charge related to its Oath media business, conceding that the company’s bet on high-profile internet properties hasn’t worked out as planned. The wireless giant spent more than $9 billion to create the Oath business by acquiring AOL in 2015 and then Yahoo in 2017, two web…

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What we’re reading: Sinclair’s quiet conservative media takeover

As consolidation in the media industry has reduced the number of news outlets over the past decade, Sinclair media has managed to imprint its political influence by focusing on local TV markets, writes the New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar in “The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire.” Why it matters: Local news is trusted more than…

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Overcoming a government crackdown on social media in Laos

Vientiane, Laos – Inside a packed lecture hall at the American Centre in the capital Vientiane, 60 National University of Laos students sit surrounded by framed posters featuring inspirational quotes by American icons Martin Luther King Jr, Maya Angelou and Steve Jobs. On the screen at the front of the room, Vientiane Times journalist Keoxomphou…

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Axios Media Trends

The New York Times’ latest Sunday Magazine edition didn’t feature any words on pages, but rather full-page images that corresponded to audio stories that are available on a corresponding podcast.  Why it matters: The point of the new format is to give readers a different way to consume an audio-rich story … “sonic storytelling.” For…

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New Yorker cancels Steve Bannon event after social media backlash

New Yorker editor David Remnick issued a statement Monday disinviting former White House adviser Steve Bannon from its annual festival, following intense backlash on social media from members of the public and some of the event’s other speakers. The details: John Mulaney, Judd Apatow and Jim Carrey are among those who tweeted they would withdraw…

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Axios Media Trends

A same poll from Morning Consult finds that there’s almost no upside for most brands to discuss President Trump. Regardless of whether the message is positive or negative, it’s far more likely to generate backlash for most companies than draw positive reactions. Why it matters: Brands that stay true to their corporate values in messaging…

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