February 3, 2012
Weekly Roundup: Africa tweets, conservative American teens and virtual reality contact lenses
-Black in Brazil: The Economist examines “the veiled quality of Brazilian racism” and “why racial stratification has been ignored for so long.”
-The New York Times looks at the myriad ways American teens are becoming more conservative.
-USA Today spotlights the rising tendency of American parents to help their adult kids buy homes or cars.
-A new study pinpoints pockets of the U.S. that managed to escape the recession.
-This year’s Super Bowl commercials will lack the element of surprise, notes The New York Times, part of a broader media trend toward pre-releasing content to consumers.
-The Pew Research Center finds that most U.S. smartphone owners “open only five or fewer apps at least once a week,” according to USA Today.
-Africa is tweeting, as creatively detailed by The Economist.
-A new model for financing films? About 10 percent of films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival were funded through Kickstarter.
-The Wall Street Journal reports on the rising popularity of car sharing in Europe.
-A New York Times opinion column argues that GPS is destroying our ability to build mental maps.
-Virtual reality contact lenses, which could be used to enhance viewing on mobile devices, may be on the horizon, reports Scientific American.
-The Wall Street Journal looks at why more companies are holding meetings where no one sits down.
-Fast Co.Exist spotlights doctors who are now sending patients home with robots that allow virtual check-ups.
-The New York Times looks at two technologies shown at CES that push the clarity of TV images even further.