Stories that titillate, amuse or arouse flash-in-the-pan outrage may be more widely read and shared than solid information. Celebrity and scandals have always attracted media attention, but in the Internet age the balance is shifting more toward entertainment.
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A cabaret singer channeling everyone from Adele to Julie Andrews has racked up a million-plus YouTube plays since her video went up Aug. 11. Herewith, a few questions for Christina Bianco, who turns out to have an NPR connection.
High drama, middlebrow laughs, low cunning — and a surprisingly rewarding dance mix of sounds lifted exclusively from Disney's Mary Poppins film.
There was a time — a time long, long ago — when MySpace dominated the teen social-media world. Not anymore. NPR's Sami Yenigun looks at how teenagers use various social platforms in today's increasingly segmented online universe.
Rob Delaney has almost 670,000 Twitter followers. He talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about what that means for his traditional standup career, and whether he cares if you call him a "Twitter comedian."
The combination of instant commentary on Twitter and delayed viewing on DVRs and Hulu has made fans especially careful about spoilers. But according to one study, spoilers actually make you enjoy a work more than if you didn't know what was going to happen.
"It was written for the masses," says the director of a New York organization raising money to bring Shakespeare's work to new audiences.
Studios and content owners are worried about the appearance of unauthorized clips on YouTube, but one startup is trying to help make it possible to share clips legally.
Another website expands into other media, as video Tumblr Old Jews Telling Jokes gets ready to move to the New York stage.