“I think we are increasingly going to see journalists moving from one medium to another and contributing across multiple media. It is a symptom of the constantly evolving media landscape. There is a fluidity about the media now; boundaries are diffuse. Platforms are changing, as are brands. How journalists perceive themselves, and are perceived, is changing, too.
It’s also in some ways a case of ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’ Katie will still be reporting on the news; however she will be viewed on a computer, tablet, or smart phone, instead of a television.
It is interesting that BuzzFeed, known most famously for viral cat videos, is investing in long-form journalism and foreign news, and that online music publication Pitchfork recently announced that it will be producing a print quarterly.”—Jenny Barnett, a lecturer at Cornell University says Katie Couric’s announcement to join Yahoo is a result of the constantly changing media landscape.
“The founders of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – young people see them as the rock stars of their generation. As the job market becomes more crowded, you’re seeing more ambitious graduates saying, ‘If I can’t find a job, I’ll make a job.’ Globally, we’ve seen increasing interest in entrepreneurship as a way to create jobs. Consider a country like Kuwait, where interest in startups and new business ventures has been on the rise, especially with 20- and 30-somethings.”—Michael Serino, executive director of Human Capital Development at Cornell University’s ILR School
“Tesla is an interesting example of hype and hyperbole. The probes over three fires are not unexpected but may be a mixed blessing for Tesla. Fires and overheating of lithium-ion batteries are very well known. Problems with laptops and cell phones using lithium-ion batteries are so well documented that extra batteries are not allowed in carry-on luggage for air travel. #Tesla and its stock price has been hailed as a superstar when in fact it is a new company that will face many challenges in a brutal and capital-intensive industry. The probe over the fires may stabilize Tesla if no recall is required and they make changes – as many auto companies do to make their vehicles safer.”—Arthur Wheaton, automotive industry expert and senior extension associate at the Cornell University ILR School, discusses the potential recall of Tesla Motors’ Model S electric sedan.
November 10, 1977 Frank H.T. Rhodes, professor of geological sciences, is inaugurated Cornell’s ninth president. Among his accomplishments were increasing the diversity of students and faculty, more than tripling research funding and completing a $1.5 billion capital campaign; the Cornell Theory Center building was renamed in his honor. When he retired in 1995 he was the longest serving Ivy League president. He went on to play a significant role in the development of national science policy under several U.S. presidents.
“Cellular has become the primary mode of personal communication on the planet. There are more than 6 billion phones in use, with communication services ranging from voice to text to the app marketplace. The consolidation of so many modes of communication onto a single platform – cellular convergence – has made cellular telephones the single most important tool for personal expression on the planet.
The NSA’s overzealous collection of American cellular data is thus all the more insidious. Surveillance chills speech. The omnipresent potential for surveillance forces voice and other forms of expression into innocuous pathways, taking what should be a powerful tool for personal development and dumbing it down into yet another tool for marketing. The argument that only ‘metadata’ is being collected is a nonstarter – such data often reveals more about a user’s beliefs, preference, and actions than the content of a call.”—Stephen B. Wicker, electronic surveillance and privacy expert, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University discusses how technology, social trends and government policy have opened the floodgates for surveillance and eroded privacy worldwide.