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  • Journalism, opinion, and the Web

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Does the online world of social media and citizen journalism make it easier to intentionally parade opinion as fact?

  • A Game Changing Rift

    Jim Willis | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Just as the world has gotten its feet wet in the pool of the social media, along comes a new virtual reality system called the Oculus Rift which may change everything about social interactions and the amount of time we spend in the virtual world.

  • 2013: A tech product year to remember

    Jim Willis | Published: Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    What a year 2013 was for communication technology. In an era where 12 months can seem like an eternity for new technical advances, this past year certainly saw its share of innovations.

  • Facing angst over ads

    Jim Willis | Updated: Sat, Dec 21, 2013

    Facebook is both a creative and marketing success story, and that may be one of the biggest understatements of 2013.

  • CGI and the moviegoing experience

    Jim Willis | Updated: Sat, Nov 30, 2013

    If you’re old enough to remember the original Star Wars (1977), or  you’ve dusted off Dad’s old VHS of it, you are probably still struck by one of the classic battle sequences in that film: the famous “trench run” sequence in the climactic Battle of Yavin.

  • A not-so-sweet time for predators

    Jim Willis | Updated: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Several years ago I focused a blog post on a movie called, SimOne, about a beautiful woman (ostensible named Simone but who was really Simulation One) who captured the moviegoing public.

  • The new journalism of the social media

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Oct 7, 2013

    I live in Southern California about 15 miles east of Pasadena, a city known for having some of the best scientists in the world who work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

A Virtual Unknown

Journalist, professor and author Jim Willis explores the new media landscape and its evolving place in our day-to-day lives.