We’re quickly getting to the point where the news we read and view is curated by friends and “friends” on Facebook (I’m spending the summer planning a course and researching a book on this very topic). The idea is the more time we spend on social network, the more we’re going to be exposed to news that our friends are reading and sharing and think is important. This radical change has its pros and cons.
But we’re not there yet (I hope). Because if I did rely on my 72 Facebook friends to fill me in on what was happening in the world, these are the five most recent stories I would have read (not including articles shared directly by news sites like ReadWriteWeb, the New York Times and the Boston Globe):
- University of Texas apologizes for ‘pubic affairs’ commencement typo: The University of Texas at Austin’s public affairs assistant dean has issued an apology after a commencement listing for the program’s forthcoming graduates contained a typo citing the Lyndon B. Johnson School of ‘Pubic’ Affairs.
- Chinese company to buy U.S. movie theater chain AMC: A Chinese conglomerate announced Monday it will buy a major U.S. cinema chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings, for $2.6 billion in China’s biggest corporate takeover in the United States to date.
- One Small Keyboard for Logitech, One Giant Leap for iPad Productivity: With my column this week, I did something I’ve never done before: I typed the entire thing on my iPad.
- Eight Girls Pull Best Yearbook Prank Ever: Instead of exerting their individuality with the standard Grateful Dead quote and a prom-worthy up-do, they decided to join forces for the ultimate prank. Alexandra, Angela, Angelica, Elizabeth, Emily, Isabella, Madeline and Vi Nguyen all wore the same black off-shoulder dresses and the same hairstyles.
- 4AD Music and Art Auctioned for Charity: A collection of 4AD music and artwork is being auctioned on eBay to raise money for Natasha Laflin, a British artist and illustrator who suffered a near fatal bain aneurysm in 2008. Funds will go towards helping Laflin move from a care-home back in with her family. Read more about her life here.