August 29, 2013 |
Harlan Ellison is not the kind of person who cares if Neil Gaiman retweets Margaret Atwood. "I'm a happily 20th century guy," he says by phone -- land line -- from his home. He has never tweeted, doesn't engage on Facebook and writes on a typewriter -- manual, not electric. So why did he launch a YouTube channel last week? His friends. "They -- the nudge squad -- dragged me literally screaming and kicking like a witch to Cotton Mather's gibbet," he says. Those friends include screenwriter Josh Olson ("A History of Violence")
June 24, 2012 |
Daytime television has "The View. " Now YouTube has its own chatfest called "IMO. " The Web show, whose initials are recognizable as "In My Opinion" to those fluent in messaging shorthand, deals with dating, texting faux pas and other pressing topics relevant to teens and tweens. Its hosts are nearly as well known to these young viewers as ABC's Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg are to an older generation. Before taking her seat on "IMO's" canary yellow couch, 16-year-old Bethany Mota launched a YouTube channel that has attracted nearly 85 million views of her fashion and beauty tips.
October 9, 2010 |
Nick Wheeler once thought it was impossible to be gay and happy. The Internet changed that. Wheeler, 26, who grew up in a Mormon household in a 4,000-person town in Idaho, said that after discovering blogs and YouTube videos, he realized gay people did, in fact, lead fulfilling lives. "That was enough to give me hope that there were other people out there who felt like I did," he said. Now, he wants to do the same for others. And it's why he decided to make a video for the It Gets Better Project , a YouTube channel launched to tell teenagers who are being bullied because of their sexuality that it does, indeed, get better in time.
July 27, 2013 |
In a corner office at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a big white board is a tangle of names, dates and ideas scrawled in brightly colored markers. At the center is a chart for the video network MOCAtv, plotting new programs on the artist Urs Fischer and leading architects, on the raw symbolism of punk rock and on something called "CRIME: The Animated Series. " It represents an ambitious range of art-based programming, only some of it directly tied to a MOCA exhibition. "The contemporary art world has so many tangents that we are still reaching out to," says John Toba, MOCAtv's head of production, looking up at the board.
July 23, 2012 |
Backstage at a show in Guadalajara, Mexico, in March, Foster the People did vocal warm-ups and yoga stretches before crafting a set list. Then, just before the Los Angeles indie-pop band headed out to the stage, they touched one another's shoulders lightly and said, "Bless. " "There's a small moment before every show where we bless each other - we've done that since Day One," says frontman Mark Foster, 28, over the phone. "That's a superstitious ritual - it's the one thing we can't go on stage without.
April 8, 2013 |
Ellen DeGeneres' discovery on YouTube of two British cousins -- who loved to sing and dance in pink frilly dresses -- marked "the beginning of a beautiful friendship," to borrow from Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca. " In this case, the friendship that blossomed was between "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and YouTube, the popular video website owned by Google. Executives at YouTube and Warner Bros., which produces DeGeneres' afternoon talk show, pinpoint the first appearance of the pint-sized crooners, Sophia Grace and Rosie, on DeGeneres' show in late 2011 as a spark that helped ignite DeGeneres' social media supernova status.