Decoder - Episode 1

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In this episode - athletes online....the untamed side of internet by Electrobuddha...the world of virtual gaming...and a few of our favorite radio bloopers from radio shows gone by

:42 - 7:01 Athletes Online: Destined for success, or driven to distraction 
How often have you sat down at the computer to work on a big presentation or project and before you knew it you had wasted three hours on your facebook page. Athletes have to tackle this problem too. How do they deal with social media distractions? Our host James Jackson investigates.

7:02 - 16:28 The untamed side of internet commentary 
The information highway is a two way street. Content providers are no longer just feeding their public, they're expected to provide space for reciprocal commentary. Depending on the subject, the commentary can get very heated very fast.
Geoff Turner tells us how mainstream media manages all that opinion.

16:29 - 19:13 Musical break
Our media music expert Brittney Seki has been looking for the best media-themed music. She came up with this gem by Electrobuddha.

19:15 - 24:15 The real world of virtual gaming 
Virtual reality was once the realm of science fiction. But new forms of media and technology have allowed us to enter the virtual world where things like talent are no longer obstacles. This story from Jess Brady.

24:16 - 26:00 This week we've assembled a few of our favorite radio bloopers from radio shows gone by.

"Sexy News Reader" by Electrobuddha
"I am Here" by Sean Fellowes


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