The New Media Institute (NMI) is a research and fact finding organization whose mission is to improve public understanding of issues surrounding the Internet and other forms new media communications. NMI works directly with the news media, researchers, academics, government and industry professionals and serves as a primary resource of facts, statistics and analysis.

The Five Tenets of New Media

There has been a great deal of discussion in the news about the Secret Service Fiasco, politician bloopers and indiscretions. One conclusion (or is it just a question) is that “people” are more brazen, more irresponsible and more thoughtless than any other time in history. Well, that’s ridiculous. I don’t think that the nature of humankind has gotten worse. In fact, some academics who have studied war and its ramifications throughout history maintain that humankind has evolved in a positive manner.

Thou Shalt Always Remember the Twitter/Weinergate Cautionary Tale

Needless to say, Anthony Weiner’s sophomoric escapades using Twitter as his way to commit political suicide is sad, to say the least. There are many morals to this story, but as our focus is on new media, let’s focus on that element of this cautionary tale. 

Wikileaks -- What Does This Mean for New Media?

Wikileaks has had and continues to have a profound impact on global politics, US and International diplomacy, international law, security, the rights of a sovereign state vs. freedom of speech, and on, and on. Yet, we at NMI believe that the underlying significance of Wikileaks is this: the power of new media and the internet is indescribably awesome, instantaneous and frightening. Wikileaks exemplifies the good and bad that new media embodies. The cautionary tale here is that we are human, and that we’ve developed one hell of an awesome communications “tool kit”. And that’s our take.

Internet TV Survey -- Revolution or Evolution?

The Arbitron and Edison Research Survey released recently, and set off media coverage as if it were a squabble, not to mention the momentous first time that TV was less vital than the internet. Coverage seemed to make these findings unexpected, but was it really unexpected? We say, “of course not!”

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