The rebellion of the audiences – Column by Pablo J. Boczkowski in Infobae

To progress in the third decade of the 21st century, journalism has to stop conceiving audiences according to its own image.

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The present and the promise of virtual reality. Column by Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski in Infobae

Since immemorial times, human beings have imagined alternative universes to those we inhabit on a daily basis. Many times, this exercise of imagination has been embodied in literary works such as those that populate science fiction libraries. But on other occasions, our inspiration has given rise to technological inventions.

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The challenges of digital education. Column by Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski in Infobae

The coronavirus pandemic and the isolation measures that were taken in many countries revealed the inequalities that exist in schools. In Argentina, one in five elementary school students does not have internet access at home, and almost a quarter do not have a computer. In Mexico, only 40 percent of households have access to a PC. In the United States, seven million primary and secondary school students do not have internet access at home.

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Communication and coronavirus: we inform ourselves through the media and we trust the experts. Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczwkowski in Infobae

How do we find out about the pandemic? What sources of information do we trust? Where do we find more fake content?

ccording to a study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, Argentines learn about Covid-19 primarily through the media, but our trust is mostly in experts.

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Can we change the rules of the game? Sport, technology and inequity. Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski in Infobae

In various countries of the world, we are all at home due to quarantine measures, with a lot of free time, and only old games to watch. This interruption - indefinitely - underlines both the place that sport has in our lives, as well as the relationship between parties, media and technology.

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Neither apocalyptic nor integrated: the pragmatic effects of using social networks. Mora Matassi and Pablo J. Boczkowski for Infobae

“At the beginning of the 1960s, the semiologist Umberto Eco warned us that there are usually two antagonistic positions vis-à-vis the mass media: one apocalyptic, focused on catastrophic effects, and the other integrated, focused on utopian effects. A survey of research on the use of social networks in Latin America shows that it is not productive to adopt either of these two positions. Instead, what emerges is the prevalence of pragmatic effects: where institutional logic and processes remain strong, the use of networks has tended to promote moderate changes; On the contrary, in less established social contexts, the adoption of the networks has promoted new logics.

These are the conclusions that emerge from an analysis of 160 academic texts and reports from international organizations and think tanks. The results of the study have been published by the Spanish journal El Profesional de la Información, in an article that is freely accessible and free.”

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Uneven media: study shows missing voices of women in the news

“In Argentina there are more women than men, but only 15% of opinion articles published in the media carry female signatures. In addition, males are roughly twice as likely to be cited as a source. What is the problem of this inequality ”wrote María Cecilia Toledo in Infobae based on the findings of the MESO team's publications.

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There are rituals that still keep the paper newspaper alive despite its crisis ”. Facundo Suenzo, Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski in Daily Profile

“Why do people keep reading the newspaper on paper? In what contexts do they do it? Is the printed newspaper going to disappear? Argentines who continue to access news on paper do so motivated by the sensory experience of reading rather than by the content of the information, in social situations that stimulate this consumption, such as family breakfasts on weekends, and they combine it with access to news via digital.”

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Facundo Suenzo, Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski wrote based on the findings of research published in Journalism Studies.


Wagner and Boczkowski wrote for The Conversation: "Democrat or Republicans, Americans are angry, frustrated, and overwhelmed"

“As the country looks to the possible impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump, as social scientists, we anticipate that not only will the views of Americans become polarized, but also their emotions.

According to our research, we believe that the prosecution stories They will likely feel more and more personal, passionate, and irritating to people as the procedures unfold. For some, this will attract them, while others will probably turn off the news… ”

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Wagner and Boczkowski wrote for The Conversation: “Democrat or Republicans, Americans are angry, frustrated, and overwhelmed”

“As the country looks to the possible impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump, as social scientists, we anticipate that not only will the views of Americans become polarized, but also their emotions.

According to our research, we believe that the prosecution stories They will likely feel more and more personal, passionate, and irritating to people as the procedures unfold. For some, this will attract them, while others will probably turn off the news… ”

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Images on the cell phone, mistrust and evasion. By Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein for Infobae

"The Oxford University Digital News Report, based on more than 75,000 surveys in 38 countries, reveals key trends in news consumption in Argentina, the United States, Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Chile" An average of the 83% of those surveyed in the six countries of the continent (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the United States and Mexico) are informed through digital sources. The internet is followed by television with an average 67% and the paper newspaper with 29%.

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Which media and digital platforms lead the consumption of news in Argentina. By Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein for Infobae

The new study from the University of Oxford, the most comprehensive study on news consumption at a global level, confirms that Infobae is the leading news outlet in Argentina, not only in online journalism but in the entire media universe of the country.

In less than a quarter of a century the situation has changed notably: according to a study by the University of Oxford, in 2019 a native digital medium, Infobae, has become the leading news outlet in Argentina. That a news site, without a graphic or broadcast medium to rely on, has become not only the leading medium of online journalism (which had already happened in 2018) but of the entire media universe of its country of origin It is a strong sign of the centrality of digital culture in the daily life of the 21st century.

The University of Oxford's Digital News Report is the most comprehensive annual study of global news consumption, based on a survey of more than 75,000 people in 38 countries, including Argentina.

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Pablo J. Boczkowski in Infobae: “Digital media and electoral campaigns”.

“Digital media have moved from the periphery to the center of electoral campaigns in recent years. The consensus among analysts is that the use of these media has played a predominant role in the performance of the winners of a wide spectrum of electoral contests, from the United States in 2016 to El Salvador in 2019.

To understand the power of digital media in electoral campaigns, it is important to place their use in everyday life, because the way in which people consume political information is contextualized in the broader uses that they make of technology digital.

The digital media ecosystem is very different from that of print and broadcast media, which dominated election campaigns during the last century. This difference is evident in the presence that digital media have in each of the facets of daily life.”

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Hyperconnected: when trips to Mars help us understand communication on Earth. Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein for Infobae

“How to understand the limits and challenges of this hyperconnectivity paradox? A possible window into this central phenomenon of contemporary society are situations in which communication with the "outside" is restricted and links with the "inside" are essential for survival. There is perhaps no better example than that of the crews that NASA is preparing for the mission to Mars in 2030. The experts who advise NASA on the composition and communicational dynamics of crews and develop digital technology to assist participants in these processes have a unique perspective on the relationship between hyperconnectivity and isolation.”

By Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein.

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The computer has a woman's face. By Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein for Infobae

Men and their irons. This is the popular myth, the one that suggests a strong identification between the computer and the masculine. What if this was not something natural but the result of processes of discrimination that have made the role of women in the development of technology invisible?

Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo Boczkowski consulted specialists Marie Hicks, Sarah Banet-Weiser and Brooke Duffy on feminism, gender and discrimination in the technology industry in this column for Infobae.

"The recognition of gender discrimination as a constitutive phenomenon rather than an anomaly, and greater transparency in the organization of the labor market are essential strategies to begin to see that digital technology also has a woman's face", Mitchelstein assures and Boczkowski.

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The true consequences of fake news. Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein for Infobae América

What are the consequences that this new communicational ecosystem has on electoral behavior? Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski consulted specialists from the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Chile offer diverse answers on this crucial question for quality of democratic life in this column for Infobae América.

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The other electronic vote: electoral campaigns, digital technology and social networks. Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski for Infobae América

What role did digital technology and social media play in the US and Brazilian elections and other electoral campaigns in the Americas during 2018? How have traditional actors, such as the media and political parties, reacted to these changes? What recommendations do specialists make to ensure citizens the possibility of being informed and participating

The co-directors of MESO consulted specialists from the region to answer these questions.

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Trump and the media: the debate. Pablo J. Boczkowski, Adriana Amado and Marcelo Leiras for Anfibia Magazine

With the focus on the 2018 US elections, Pablo Boczkowski, Adriana Amado and Marcelo Leiras debated in the #EncuentMESO on the disconnection between many voters and the mainstream news media, the appearance of fake news and the use of that President Trump does from social media. Anfibia transcribed the panel to think about some keys to the Latin American elections. You will find it complete here.

You may also be interested in the complete #EncuentroMESO from our YouTube channel.


“Life on screens” Pablo Boczkowski in #TodoEsFake of Anfibia Magazine

Pablo Boczkowski spoke with Tomás Perez Vizzon in the #Podcast #TodoEsFake for Anfibia Magazine. They talked about screen life and its impact on social ties. Complete podcast here.


Pablo Boczkowski for La Nación: "Today democracy, tribal reason and religion coexist"

Guillermo Borella interviewed Pablo Boczkowski who warned about the growing distance that separates the media from the public, crystallized in the “great surprise” generated by the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 North American elections.

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"Digital love: Romantic relationships in the internet age". Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski for Infobae”

The co-directors of MESO Argentina, Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski, in their opinion column for Infobae wondered about romantic relationships in the Internet age: “What is the difference between meeting in person and through from the cell phone screen? How far apart are these specifically prepared profiles to generate attraction? What role does technology play when ending a relationship?”

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“The social life of algorithms” by Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein for Infobae

How are algorithms nurtured, educated, and guided throughout their existence? And, as with people, what effects do the different decisions made in the course of the development of algorithms have on politics, culture and social relations? What is the social life of algorithms like? Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein were asked in this note for Infobae after consulting the specialists, Taina Bucher, Virginia Eubanks, Tarleton Gillespie who have written recently published books on algorithms and society in order to answer these questions.

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Eugenia Mitchelstein was in "In Case of the Flies" on Radio La Once Diez

Eugenia Mitchelstein, co-director at Meso Argentina, was in the program “Por si las moscas” in La Once Diez. He spoke about the main topics that are investigated and disseminated by MESO: the changes in sociability posed by the link with the cell phone, how the media are consumed today in Argentina in different generations and about the current situation of journalism at the time of “ post-truth ”, among other topics.

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Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo Boczkowski in Infobae: Data science and its impact on the economy, politics and society

The directors of Meso Argentina, Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo Boczkowski wrote for Infobae about data science.

“Why is there this wealth of information? One of the distinguishing characteristics of digital technology is that every time we use one of its products or services, we leave a trace of our actions. For example, when reading this note, the server that makes it available on your screen records whether you access from a mobile phone, a computer or a tablet, how much time you spend reading it, and which page it comes from and which page it goes to next. , among other data.”

Read the full article at Infobae.

In addition, we recommend Sandra González Bailón's presentation "Decoding the social world: Data Science and the unintended consequences of communication" in which she explains how communication generates social dynamics that lead to episodes of “collective effervescence” and discusses the mechanisms that underlie large-scale diffusion, when information and behavior spread rapidly.


Pablo Boczkowski on Radio Nacional: journalism and new technologies

Pablo Boczkowski, co-director of MESO Argentina, spoke with José Nun on Radio Nacional AM870 about the current state of the media, politics and democracy.

About Donald Trump and the media Boczkowski said: “The rather simplistic discourse that the rise of Donald Trump is caused by fake news, by the networks or by the interference of a foreign power, somehow makes invisible all these cracks that come from much further back and that partly have to do with communication and information, but they also have to do with tolerance to intolerance, inequity, discrimination, racism, xenophobia and the endemic misogyny that exists in North American society.”

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New note from our directors: "TED en Español: how to create community in the digital age"

Our directors, Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein wrote a column for Infobae América, about TED in Spanish and how to build a community.

“TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design - Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences have become one of the most successful examples of how to create community in the digital age. To account for this phenomenon, we participated in the TED in Spanish event that took place in New York City on Thursday, April 26, and interviewed various specialists on this subject exclusively for Infobae.”

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MESO on Infobae: What did you do on the internet today? Children and adolescents in the digital age

How can we help our children navigate the digital environment? When should we ban the use of devices and when to act as mediators?

Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein wrote an article for Infobae about the opportunities and challenges presented by the high level of reach that children and adolescents have of the tools that define the digital world. With contributions from the specialists Magdalena Claro, Roxana Morduchowicz and Ellen Wartella.

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Living in the media: new article by our directors on Infobae

Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein write about the experience of consuming content for most of the day, and how this practice differs from the way we informed ourselves in the past. With quotes from Mark Deuze, Nick Couldry, Lee Humphreys, and Zizi Papacharissi.

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Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo Boczkowski in Infobae: “News on social networks: an x-ray of information on the go”

The Infobae note recapitulates the investigation of our directors, Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein, on the incidental consumption of news through the Internet. The article highlights the great scope of this type of consumption and the factors that influence when consuming online news. Likewise, the newspaper highlights that “Perhaps one of the most interesting facts that Mitchelstein and Boczkowski discovered is that those who fear the end of the media may be wrong. "Incidental access to information on social media complements rather than replaces pre-existing informational habits."

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"We have become a media microgroup" Pablo Boczkowski in Liquid Times

Social networks have become an extension of us, explains Pablo Boczkowski in the Liquid Times program. Our director was interviewed about the way we use the networks and where we spend our time online. "We live in an era where we are all, not just one medium, but we are many media."

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"It is difficult to disconnect from others through digital" Pablo Boczkowski in "Swimming at night"

Pablo Boczkowski invited in "Nadar at night" talks with Valeria Delgado about the note "I love you, I hate you, give me more", about the use of the cell phone and the senses that the interviewees assign to it. In the interview Pablo explains that "The key for me is that dependence is not whether to go digital, but rather to this illusion of being with the other person all the time that digital makes possible."

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The # CongresoMESO2017 in Perfil.com

Pablo Helman, journalist for the newspaper Perfil.com, attended the Third Annual Congress of MESO “Contemporary Developments. On Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America ”. At the congress he interviewed our director about the evolution of the academic discussion on media in our country and about the impact that digital platforms have on information consumption. In the article the author highlights "The debate of ideas, such as those expressed in the Meso congress, opens doors and invites new creatives." The conference had more than 100 registrants and had 16 presentations by researchers linked to institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain.


Pablo Boczkowski in Tardes Bárbaras on the consumption of social networks in Argentina

Pablo Boczkowski was interviewed by Carmela Bárbaro on her radio program La Once Diez. In the interview, our director commented on the findings and implications of the essay “Vivir en las redes”, written together with Eugenia Mitchelstein and Mora Matassí for Revista Anfibia. In the interview, as well as in the article, Pablo proposes to think about what those collective spaces that we appropriate and where we spend our lives are like: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and WhatsApp. Regarding the latter, for example, he points out: “For us WhatsApp is coffee, WhatsApp is everything in Argentina. Where you meet to chat with friends, it is also good for doing business, it's a bit of everything. ”

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"The great differences are not given by social class, gender or educational level" Pablo Boczkowski on changes in cultural consumption

Pablo Boczkowski is interviewed by journalist Ana Sagrista about how smartphones are changing the way we consume culture.

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"The networks are the most real thing we have": Juan Pablo Varsky reads the essay Vivir en las redes

Juan Pablo Varsky read in his program “We are nobody” the article “Living in the networks”, written by Pablo Boczkowski Eugenia Mitchelstein and Mora Matassi.

“We crossed engagement greetings on Facebook like when we met acquaintances on a busy avenue while passing by. We allow ourselves to be silly on Snapchat, because we know that registration lasts less than three Carnival days. We pose on Instagram to see and be seen as in a parade, and we do so increasingly obsessed with presenting a meticulously constructed image, which sometimes has little to do with the one that the mirror returns to us. We comment on the news and watch on Twitter as in the kiosk on the corner, where we consume information like candy, sometimes in a playful key. We spend more time in the cafe that is WhatsApp than taking a snack with other humans in the Varela Varelita that persist in urban space. For now we continue to use the acronym IRL (In Real Life, in real life) to differentiate it from online life. But maybe our presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and WhatsApp is the most real thing we have.”

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