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.
April 30, 2013 |
On the campus of "Video Game High School," gamers are the ultimate jocks. The best players appear on television chat shows. They even get dates. The nine-part original Web series, which combines high school romances and dramas with video game-inspired race sequences and action scenes, attracted some 50 million online views in its first season. A second season is expected to debut in July. It's the brainchild of Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch - the collaborative duo behind the popular FreddieW channel on YouTube - and co-creator Matt Arnold.
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.