Question

If you think your Facebook friends or Twitter followers disagree with you on a certain topic, will you shy away from posting about it? pewrsr.ch/1qhtRBP

If the topic of the government surveillance programs came up in these settings, how willing would you be to join in the conversation?
At a family dinner
At a restaurant with friends
At a community meeting
At work
On Facebook
On Twitter
Our case study on the Snowden-NSA revelations found people were less likely to discuss the story on social media than they were in person. And if they thought their friends and followers disagreed with them, they were less likely to want to discuss the issue at all.
How willing would you be to discuss Snowden-NSA in these settings?

If the topic of the government surveillance programs came up in these settings, how willing would you be to join in the conversation?

  • At a family dinner
  • At a restaurant with friends
  • At a community meeting
  • At work
  • On Facebook
  • On Twitter

Our case study on the Snowden-NSA revelations found people were less likely to discuss the story on social media than they were in person. And if they thought their friends and followers disagreed with them, they were less likely to want to discuss the issue at all.

How willing would you be to discuss Snowden-NSA in these settings?

mashable:

A survey by the Pew Research Center in conjunction with Rutgers University has found that social media doesn’t encourage discussion on controversial subjects. It may, in fact, cause people to stay quiet.


The survey, conducted among 1,801 U.S. adults, asked people about their willingness to discuss the Edward Snowden leaks on social media and in person. Social media users demonstrated a particular hesitance to discuss the topic — 86% of those surveyed said they wold be willing to have an offline discussion on Snowden, while only 42% of Facebook and Twitter users said they would post about it online.

You can learn more about the study here.

Internet adoption in India is up — about 3/4 of the population own cell phones, and the country recently surpassed 100 million active Facebook users. Online news consumption is also increasing.

A growing number of news companies are making plays for India’s growing digital market, with The Huffington Post being the latest entrant.

Read more

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A new Pew Research Center analysis of media coverage of the event and subsequent protests finds that the story emerged on Twitter before cable, but the trajectory of attention quickly rose in tandem, peaking on both mediums the day after two journalists were arrested and protests turned more violent.

Also of note:

  • MSNBC devoted far more time to the story than its top competitors Fox News and CNN
  • The Twitter conversation about Ferguson popped much more quickly than the conversation about Trayvon Martin

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For three years, the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has been studying Americans’ relationships with public libraries in the digital age. Here, we’ve boiled it all down to 39 shareable slides.

Our libraries research is broken down in three phases:

  • The state of reading in America
  • Library services
  • Library typology

What we found from these phases of research is that relationships to libraries are part of Americans’ broader resource networks. Once libraries are a part of their networks, services are especially important to low-income households. Books, browsing, and librarians are still central to how people use libraries and what they expect from them, but technology (computers, internet) is also a common use and a high priority.

Public libraries are also used and viewed as important community spaces.

Dive into the slide deck for more facts about libraries and reading in the digital age.

The same % of the public is following Ferguson as the news of Robin Williams’ death.
(From a new report on reactions to Ferguson police shooting)

The same % of the public is following Ferguson as the news of Robin Williams’ death.

(From a new report on reactions to Ferguson police shooting)

What jobs are most and least susceptible to automation?
Most susceptible: Proofreaders, meter readers, butchers.Least susceptible: Athletes, firefighters, railroad conductors.
As machines take on more human work, what’s left for us? We discuss.

What jobs are most and least susceptible to automation?

Most susceptible: Proofreaders, meter readers, butchers.
Least susceptible: Athletes, firefighters, railroad conductors.

As machines take on more human work, what’s left for us? We discuss.

pewresearch:

After years of grim news for the news industry marked by seemingly endless rounds of staff cutbacks, it’s not unusual for those thinking about a career in journalism or veterans trying to find a new job to look at options in related fields. One field outpacing journalism both in sheer numbers and in salary growth is public relations.

pewresearch:

After years of grim news for the news industry marked by seemingly endless rounds of staff cutbacks, it’s not unusual for those thinking about a career in journalism or veterans trying to find a new job to look at options in related fields. One field outpacing journalism both in sheer numbers and in salary growth is public relations.

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In light of the Ferguson happenings, here’s a look at how news breaks and conversations spread on Twitter.
More — 8 key takeaways about social media and the news. Half of Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites as do 62% of reddit users. 

In light of the Ferguson happenings, here’s a look at how news breaks and conversations spread on Twitter.

More — 8 key takeaways about social media and the news. Half of Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites as do 62% of reddit users. 

  • In 2013, an estimated 165,100 Americans worked as computer network support specialists, 141,270 as computer network architects, and 78,020 as information security analysts. None of those occupations existed on their own in 1999.
  • Last year there were an estimated 112,820 web developers, another job classification that didn’t exist in 1999 (despite the dot-com mania that was cresting that year). 

We compared the 2013 occupations list with the one for 1999, the earliest with a similar structure. While most of the 800 or so jobs were unchanged, there were some notable differences showing how new technologies already are affecting employment.

More on the future of AI/robotics

More on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web

Did you catch our recent report on robotics, AI and the future of jobs?

Did you catch our recent report on robotics, AI and the future of jobs?

Dig into our new report on robotics, AI and the future of jobs. 

Dig into our new report on robotics, AI and the future of jobs. 

How fast is change coming?

Today’s new release on robotics, AI and the future of jobs has viewpoints from nearly 1,900 experts in the field. Here are some of their thoughts on robotics and change:

  • Many experts see advances in AI and robotics pervading nearly every aspect of daily life by 2025
  • “The penetration of AI and robotics will be close to 100% in many areas”— Marc Prensky
  • By 2025 “All the fundamentals of life can and will be automated, from driving to grocery shopping”—@nilofer
  • “Self-driving cars seem very likely by 2025”—@vgcerf
  • Robots/AI will start to become “background noise” in peoples’ daily lives—@cascio
  • “The degree of integration of AI into daily life will depend very much, as it does now, on wealth”—Bill Woodcock
  • “We’re still a very long way from ‘AI’ as generally seen in the movies, i.e. humanoid robots”—@sethfinkelstein
  • “Automated cars will not make it into use—this is way harder than anybody is letting on”—a business professor

Read more.