October 29, 2012 |
It's warm and sunny here in Los Angeles, but on my computer, a storm has been brewing all day. From my cubicle in downtown Los Angeles I've been nervously anticipating the arrival of Hurricane Sandy since arriving at work this morning - -following along on social media networks as people share news stories, crazy weather photos (both real and fake ), their fears, and choice quotes from the Twitter feeds of governors of the states that will soon be hit. We don't need to be from New Jersey or watching television to know that Gov. Christie is deeply disappointed in the people who didn't evacuate, and shocked by the images coming out of the Jersey Shore.
July 20, 2012 |
As Colorado reeled from a late-night mass shooting at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," social media offered glimpses of the chaos as it occurred -- and of the horrific aftermath. Early this morning, a Denver Twitter user named Caitlin (@dingos8myTARDIS) tweeted “Shots fired in the theater.” “It was my theater,” she told a friend. “I'm outside, one of my friends is still inside. No one knows what's going on.” She added, “Oh God, I don't know what to do.” Photos: Scene of the shooting | Hollywood reacts A YouTube video showed the scene outside the doors of the movie in the wake of the shooting; there was no screaming, but moviegoers can be seen filing out of the theater, including one man covered in blood around the 0:50-second mark of the video.
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August 22, 2013 |
Hannah Anderson defended her use of social media in the days following her kidnapping and rescue, saying in her first interview after her rescue that sending and receiving the online postings "just helps me grieve. " The San Diego County 16-year-old's first comments about her ordeal came in an interview with NBC that aired in two parts Thursday morning on the "Today" show. In the second segment, she addressed those who have criticized her recent online activity. "I didn't know people could be so cruel," she said.
April 26, 2014 |
Twitter has some hot new hash tags -- "Sterling," "Sterling racist" and "boycottclippers. " Such is some of the fallout on social media following a report that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made racist remarks during an argument with a friend. The NBA has launched an investigation. On his Twitter account, Magic Johnson called Sterling's comments a “black eye for the NBA,” stating that he would never go to a Clippers game again as long as Sterling is the team's owner.
July 20, 2012 |
Big news is usually bad news. And a big problem with big stories is that misinformation can move faster than the facts, like lightning before thunder, and make bad news worse. Here's the text from an image that churned its way through the social media sphere in the early hours after the Aurora, Colo., theater shootings on Friday. TOMORROW I WILL KILL EVERYONE DURING THE NEW BATMAN PREMIERE IN COLORADO PEOPLE WILL DIE FOR THE GLORY OF LE 9GAG ARMY !!! PHOTOS: 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded during the showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," and such a text suggested a rampaging shooter's manifesto.
July 12, 2011 |
The rollout of a new Velveeta dinner kit might not seem like cause for celebration, but spurred by social media and the chance to try the product first, some 5,000 people threw parties recently in honor of Cheesy Skillets. Far from a spontaneous show of affection for the latest incarnation of Kraft Food Inc.'s venerable processed cheese product, the house parties represented a carefully orchestrated national campaign marrying Tupperware kitsch and Twitter cool for a new generation of in-home marketers.
November 19, 2012 |
George Takei got himself a Tumblr page this weekend, and if you find this information thrilling, you are not alone. The page is titled "Are you talking to Meme?" and the featured post is a giant grinning Takei giving the thumbs up sign with the caption, "I tumbl. for you. " Beneath that is another caption that reads, "My nephew asked why I don't have a Tumblr account, given my love of goofy pics. So here it is! To celebrate, I've paired with Tumblr and Humans of New York to help with their Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser . " With Takei's help, the fundraiser has already doubled its initial goal of $100,000.
October 25, 2013 |
It's time now for another media mini-feud! This bout features two media personalities who are no strangers to duking it out in public: CNN host Piers Morgan and Fox News contributor (and former politician) Sarah Palin. This skirmish began when Morgan tweeted a link to an article on the satirical site Daily Currant on Thursday. The story claimed that Palin, during an appearance on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends," talked about the ways in which Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his lifetime.
May 8, 2012 |
Researchers at Harvard have gotten to the bottom of why so many of us are compelled to share our every thought, movement, like and want through mediums like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Pinterest. In a series of experiments, the researchers found that the act of disclosing information about oneself activates the same sensation of pleasure in the brain that we get from eating food, getting money or having sex. It's all a matter of degrees of course, (talking about yourself isn't quite as pleasurable as sex for most of us)
January 26, 2014 |
A couple of centuries ago, Northern California was a magnet for legions of men, young and old, in search of riches. They had heard that millions could be made by anyone who showed up and worked hard. Some did achieve great wealth, but most left with nothing more than they had when they arrived. That was the California gold rush of the mid-1800s. But now another boom is drawing in the dreamers. The technology industry, whose spiritual home is Silicon Valley and San Francisco but whose reach is global, is a bright spot.