Damian Radcliffe

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links for 2010-10-05

In Daily Links on October 6, 2010 at 2:01 am
  • New research has established a direct link between IT access and happiness; social networking and instant messaging were found to provide the biggest benefit. In contrast to the stereotype that IT causes social isolation, the research reveals that the biggest positive contribution that IT access makes to the newly connected is the additional social contact with family and friends.
  • With the rise of 'event TV' like X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and sporting events, more and more British viewers are using social networks and instant messaging to chat to friends as the events unfold according to research from Intel has found that almost half of (45%) Brits have admitted to using sites like Twitter, Facebook and MSN messenger to discuss a TV programme whilst it's on air.
    (tags: socialmedia tv)
  • The Financial Times is creating a separate, spin-off website covering emerging global markets. We first reported about FT Tilt in July, when its purpose was unclear. Now we’ve learned from the publisher that: “The name ‘Tilt’ was inspired by the recognition that global economic and financial power are tilting south and east.” Tilt will be based in New York but will staff bureau in regions including Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
  • Once, pretty much everywhere, beating your wife and children was regarded as a father's duty, homosexuality was a hanging offense, and waterboarding was approved — in fact, invented — by the Catholic Church. Through the middle of the 19th century, the United States and other nations in the Americas condoned plantation slavery. Many of our grandparents were born in states where women were forbidden to vote. And well into the 20th century, lynch mobs in this country stripped, tortured, hanged and burned human beings at picnics. Looking back at such horrors, it is easy to ask: What were people thinking?