Blurred Lines: Is Native Advertising Bad Or Good?

Blurred Lines: Is Native Advertising Bad Or Good?

According to John Oliver, nobody wants advertising in his content, especially when that content is passing for news. He says, no matter how advertising is dressed up, if it’s advertising it’s not journalism. But what if that advertising has a legitimate newsworthy message? Is it possible for a creator with integrity to put aside her profit-driven hat long enough to identify and create good, responsible, educational content?

The digital media age is a world full of blurred lines: between reality and fiction, politics and entertainment, and editorial content and advertising. The idea of a dichotomy – a black and white categorization of all content all the time – may be an antiquarian’s dream.

Ads have long inundated content in myriad ways, across many different types of media. Ads becoming content was the next logical step. It’s happening. Railing against it won’t make it stop, but developing solid standards... keep reading

How Audio Can Help Communicate Time Data

Data Visualization is a great way to show off your data. It reveals patterns and trends, and can grab attention better than a table of numbers. But vision isn’t the only sense we can use to get a feel for data. Hearing can also be a great way to input data into our brains.... keep reading

11 Mascots That Embody College Football Fandom

With the college football season set to get underway Aug. 27 for Division I-A teams in the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), fans everywhere are scouring conference schedules, speculating about red-shirt talent and preparing to stick it to their rivals (hopefully). Yet whether you’re a college football addict or merely a casual observer, one... keep reading