Charlottesville Domestic Terrorism Plus Some Happy Topics

Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 198

Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed the Vice News documentary about the Charlottesville domestic terror attack; Josh Bernoff’s Pro Bono Pledge; BuzzFeed’s new live show; how to lampoon racists and Nazis; a treasure trove of digitized vintage vinyl records; Google Home’s new calling feature; airport fashion; Procter & Gamble’s new The Talk commercial; 3D printed hands; livestreaming crossword help; tigers banned from Tinder; ancient emojis; a Planetary Protection Officer update; the #PutinShirtlessChallenge; Amazon’s secret brands; Twitter’s sensitive content algorithm; Facebook copycatting; plus great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more. SUBSCRIBE: iTunes or Google Play or Stitcher or iHeart Radio.

Best Digital Cases

Charlottesville Race & Terror Documentary

Vice News has made its powerful documentary about the Charlotesville domestic terror attack available online. “VICE News Tonight” correspondent Elle Reeve is a brave young reporter who risked her life to go behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders.

Take The Pro Bono Pledge

Groundswell author Josh Bernoff is calling on all of us to take the Pro Bono Pledge to offer your talent, expertise and services to groups opposing racists and fascists.

BuzzFeed Launching Morning News Show on Twitter

Buzzfeed is entering the crowded weekday live morning show arena with “AM to DM.” Real-time conversation topics will range from politics, to movies, to social media – just like Twitter.

Dearest Martha

An amazing collaboration on Twitter turned an impromptu caption naming excercise into a Ken Burns-ish lampoon of the racists protesters in Charlottesville.

Philadelphia Company Digitizes 25000 Old Records – Free to Download

Twenty-five thousand songs recorded onto 78RPM discs in the early 20th century have been released online, for free. They are the first batch of an estimate 400,000-piece virtual record collection to be made available by the Internet Archive.

Calling Home

Google is now rolling out voice calling capabilities to all Google Home owners.

Have Fashion: Will Travel

Brilliant move by Uniqlo! Their new vending machines are making buying clothes as simple as buying a soda.

The Talk

Procter & Gamble is running an ad campaign to raise awareness of bias in America.

The Atomic Lab Teams With Burger King to Give 3-D Printed Prosthetic Hands to Those in Need

Over the past three years, Atomic Lab has given over 500 prosthetic hands to people in need.

New York Times Crossword Puzzles Livestreamed

The New York Times is livestreaming its crossword puzzle so readers can figure it out together.

Got a Selfie With a Tiger? Tinder Says Take it Down

“Posing next to a king of the jungle doesn’t make you one,” Tinder said in a blog post last week. “It’s time for the tiger selfies to go.”

Ancient Emoji

Archeologists have unearthed a pot dating back to 1700 BC that has a smiley emoji on it.

Emoji Pot

Russian tech founder unleashes storm of shirtless pictures

Pavel Durov, the founder of messaging service Telegram and vKontakte, has called for a #PutinShirtlessChallenge.

Worst Digital Cases

Amazon’s Secret Brands

Quartz identified 19 brands that are owned by Amazon and sell products or have product pages on The problem? They don’t identify the brands they own. There’s no disclosure!

Twitter’s Sensitive Algorithm

What triggers Twitter’s sensitive content warning algorithm?

Facebook Copycatting Continues

Facebook copies everyone. Now it’s breaking out of the web to challenge traditional television, which is seeing viewership slide. How much video can we watch?

Shiny New Stuff

List of 71 Instagram Tools for Business

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Replika is your AI friend that you teach and grow in conversations.

Beta site where reporters can ask questions about the latest tech news and where technologists – programmers, engineers, designers, and thinkers – can answer in an anonymous or open forum.


New app that lets you discover podcasts your favorite comedians have been on

Toyota’s Safe & Sound App

Toyota’s Safe and Sound App syncs parent and child Spotify Lists and plays parents’ uncool music when teenagers speed. Works with other brands of cars too.

The Daily Numbers

Millennials Spy On Significant Others’ Messages


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