September 17, 2009 |
Amid a firestorm of criticism, the community organizing group known as ACORN announced Wednesday that it would launch an independent review into "the indefensible action of a handful of our employees" who were secretly videotaped while giving advice to actors posing as a pimp and prostitute on how to buy a home and start a brothel. The announcement by Bertha Lewis, ACORN's chief executive, came on the day that her organization's actions were strongly condemned by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and days after conservative members of Congress called for a complete cutoff of federal funding for the group.
December 12, 2010 |
Nudity. Sexual activity. Animal abuse. All are reasons YouTube users can flag a video for removal from the website. Add a new category: promotes terrorism. YouTube and its parent company, Google, have been criticized by lawmakers for refusing to prescreen militant speeches and propaganda videos that have been cited in more than a dozen terrorism investigations over the last five years. But rather than submit to policies that many argue would amount to an erosion of 1st Amendment rights, particularly in an open-access environment such as the Internet, YouTube is taking a decidedly more democratic path ?
June 14, 2013 |
Tongal, a Southern California start-up that has crowd-sourced video ads for big brands such as Pringles and McDonald's, is expanding into music. The Santa Monica-based firm has made a name for itself linking writers, directors and actors with brands to create video ads in exchange for cash prizes. The sponsoring brand chooses the best entries from the users' submissions. Tongal will now use its platform to field ideas and production for music videos as online streaming becomes a key way that people consume content, the company said Thursday.
July 25, 1999
"Small Video Shops Surviving Behind the Green Door" [July 1] estimates that adult videos generate between 25% and 40% of the Los Feliz Video Hut's business. As a longtime patron of the store, I venture to estimate that the remaining 75% to 60% is generated by the Naldzhyan family's courtesy, efficiency and personal concern for customers. I have only to ask about a particular film and in seconds a younger family member comes rushing to the check-out desk with it. Frequently, they greet me with, "Hey, we got in a film you'll like!"
November 20, 2011 |
In the opening lines of "Take Care," her duet with Drake on his new CD, Rihanna sings in a mesmerizing low voice, "I know you've been hurt by someone else / I can tell by the way you carry yourself. ... If you let me, I'll take care of you / I've loved and I've lost. " Covering, in snippet form, the blues staple "I'll Take Care of You," she gives one of the best vocal performances of her career. That's not damning with faint praise. Her voice here is world-weary and mournful, bruised and compassionate, qualities that nudge "Take Care" into conversation with both the singer's current No. 1 hit, "We Found Love," and with the darker turn her music took with her last two CDs. (Her latest CD, "Talk That Talk," is available this week.)
February 1, 2013 |
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is rolling out an art Hot 100 of sorts - website videos starring 100 of the New York City museum's curators, each of whom discusses a single work from the museum's collection “that changed the way they view the world.” “Starring” may not be quite the word as regards the curators, judging from the first six 2-1/2 to 3-minute videos posted on a web page dubbed “82 nd & Fifth,” after the museum's location....
January 24, 2014 |
A year ago, Twitter released Vine, an oddly green app that let users film six-second videos. Right off the bat, many questioned whether six seconds was enough time to film anything of significance, but a community of creative users immediately flocked to the new mobile app and proved a lot can be done in six seconds. Whether artistic videos or hilarious skits or even footage of real, breaking-news events, Vine proved its worth. The app became so popular that it eventually forced Facebook's Instagram to add video-recording capabilities to its app. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Now Vine is celebrating its 1-year anniversary with a new website called " A Year on Vine . " The site hosts a collection of the top Vines posted in 2013 as well as the first few weeks of 2014.
September 6, 2012 |
The go-to-place for music videos MTV is not. Yet the MTV Video Music Awards tonight are not about videos . This is a show about a promotion, a 120-minute teaser trailer for the fall's big albums, with appearances by Alicia Keys, Green Day and Taylor Swift, among others, here to sell. And make no mistake, MTV remains brilliant at generating headlines for nonstories. As the destination for music videos has shifted to the Web -- the word "Video" remains in the "Video Music Awards" title more for tradition than anything having to do with the telecast -- the network has honed its craft at the fine art of promotion.
December 12, 2012 |
Viddy, the Los Angeles-based social network that has been described as the Instagram of videos, has released an Android version of its app. For more than a year and a half, Viddy had been exclusive to Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. On those devices alone, Viddy has amassed 42 million users. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 Viddy now hopes to keep growing its user numbers by making its service available to mobile devices that run on Google's Android operating system.
May 11, 2013 |
You love them. You mock them. But one thing you can't do is stop watching them. Yes, we're talking about Internet cat videos. Which either represent the pinnacle of human creative achievement, or a sign that the apocalypse is nigh. Or both. Whichever turns out to be the case, we understand now that cats are the ones running the planet, or at least the Internet. And we have no choice but to follow our new masters wherever they may lead us. Even if it smells like a litterbox.