9.8.14: Is Social Media Making The Israel-Palestine Conflict Worse & A 'Twitch' Primer
Israelis and Palestinians recently agreed to a cease fire, but while the conflict may be on hold in Gaza, it continues to erupt online. On today’s show: from Hitler hashtags to Facebook groups seeking revenge on Hamas, is social media trolling, stoking Israeli-Palestinian tensions?
Then, late last month Amazon bought the online video platform “Twitch” for nearly one-hundred million dollars-- we’ll find out why the streaming service is such a hot commodity and why people would want to watch someone else play videogames in the first place.
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Trolling a Conflict
- Emily Shire is a reporter for The Daily Beast, where we found her article, "Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict."
The Newbie's Guide to Twitch
- Kyle Orland is senior gaming editor at Ars Technica – where he wrote the article “A Newbie’s Guide To Why So Many People Are Watching Twitch.”
- Video below of Twitch user AmazHS playing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
Alibaba: China's E-Commerce Giant
- We talked to Rob Fleishman back in July about Alibaba, now the company is about to go public. Click here to listen to the interview.
The Indiana Jones of Math
- Ken Golden isn't your typical mathematician. He's the Indiana Jones of Mathematics. Producer Ben Harden brings us his story. Listen again at PRX.org.
- This story was funded as part of the PRX STEM story project made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Off the Leash: Finding a Place in the Dog Park
- In Matthew Gilbert's new book Off the Leash: A Year in the Dog Park, readers get an inside look at the bizarre world of the neighborhood dog park through the eyes of a man who at first looked at dog obsessed owners scornfully. That is, until he became one of them.