November 10, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Two people were shot to death and at least 22 others were wounded late Saturday at an 18th birthday party that drew a crowd after it was advertised on social media. Harris County sheriff's investigators were seeking two suspects Sunday morning in connection with the shooting at about 11 p.m. in suburban Cypress, about 30 miles northwest of Houston. A man and a woman died, one at the scene, another at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. investigators said. Authorities did not release names of the victims.
November 2, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Apparently there is nothing funny about politics in Egypt these days. A wildly popular “Daily Show”-type satire program was yanked from the air at the last minute Friday night, with the private channel that carries the show citing comedian Bassem Youssef's failure to follow its editorial guidelines. Youssef had returned to the air just a week earlier after a nearly four-month hiatus. His first show since the military-backed interim government took power poked fun at public adoration of Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, the military chief who is the country's most powerful figure.
October 30, 2013
Re "Science has lost its way, costing all of us," Column, Oct. 27 As a retired research chemist, I agree with Michael Hiltzik's findings of duplicity and slipshod work in peer-reviewed papers. In that respect, his effort is on the mark. But the headline implies that all sciences are similarly corrupted. At a time when major attacks on well-established science are obvious, reason and facts speak for themselves. One example is the age of the Earth. Despite volumes of peer-reviewed research showing the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, biblical fundamentalists still attack the science.
October 30, 2013
Re "Social media's Roman roots," Opinion, Oct. 27 I recently finished reading James Boswell's "London Journey," a fascinating glimpse into 18th century upper-class life in London. I was impressed with the vast number of letters and notes written and received by Boswell. Evidently this was not a new phenomenon; every Scot (as Boswell was) and English child was expected to write to everyone they knew. This seems to be characteristic of every human society and not confined to the Internet age. The Internet just provides a faster way to communicate, create new ideas and meet one another than any other social media that has existed.
October 27, 2013 |
Today it's easy to assume that social media platforms are a recent development, a phenomenon unique to the Internet age. But the exchange of media along social networks of friends and acquaintances is in fact much older than Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. Consider the situation in the late Roman republic, in the 1st century BC. At the time there were no printing presses and no paper. Instead, information circulated among the intermarried families of the Roman elite through the exchange of papyrus rolls.
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.
October 23, 2013 |
For the second time this week, a community is mourning the killing of a teacher, allegedly by a student. The latest victim, Colleen Ritzer, math teacher at Danvers High School in Massachusetts, was 24. A 14-year-old student was charged in the killing Wednesday and is being held without bail. The Danvers community was shocked after Ritzer's body was discovered in the woods near her school early Wednesday morning. The suspect, Philip D. Chism, was charged with murder and arraigned in adult court.
October 16, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant often finds motivation in the media. Counting Bryant or the Lakers out only adds fuel to his fire. Consider the match lit. Ranking the top 500 players in the NBA, ESPN has given Bryant an overall rank of 25. Bryant, who is currently recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon suffered in April, is a question mark for opening night on Oct. 29. ESPN clearly doesn't expect Bryant to return to the same form that saw him ranked...
October 9, 2013 |
Now that the summer box-office proceeds have been tallied, with the hits ("Iron Man 3") and misses ("R.I.P.D") identified, social media measurement firm Fizziology has weighed in with the season's social media standouts. Fizziology has generated its summer "Fizz" list, culling tweets, posts and pics to come up with its own Top 10 list -- based on such criteria as "most fangirl buzz" or "biggest comeback. " "We wanted to recognize the movies that did well in social," said Fizziology operations chief Jen Handley.
October 9, 2013 |
Olympic officials have doused a social media campaign by the maker of Zippo lighters, the American company playing off a miscue in the torch relay. The trouble began earlier this week as the relay for the 2014 Sochi Games traveled through the streets of Moscow. The torch flickered out and a man in the crowd helped reignite it with a silver cigarette lighter . Zippo quickly published a photograph of the incident on Facebook and began a Twitter campaign with the hashtag: #ZippoSavesOlympics.