April 15, 2012 |
Last year the world watched as Arab Spring protesters used the Internet and social media to organize demonstrations and to share them in real time across the globe, toppling Middle East dictators and reordering human history. This year, technology and social media sites, most visibly Facebook and Twitter, continue to have a dramatic impact on the political world. In January, millions of people signed online petitions and contacted members of Congress protesting efforts to pass poorly crafted legislation on online piracy.
January 26, 2012 |
Becoming a judge is unquestionably an honor, though the job does curtail your social life. Private clubs with restrictive memberships? Nope. Dining with local business or government officials? Bad idea. Commenting on current issues? Objection sustained. Now, add to the list of potential judicial pitfalls Facebook and other social media. Should judges disqualify themselves from a case involving a Facebook friend, even a friend they've never met in person? "The burgeoning use of social media is affecting all kinds of industries," said Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a judicial-reform advocate.
January 23, 2012 |
The death of Joe Paterno was two events in one. The first was the close of a life of heroic peaks and a tragic denouement. The second was the gigantic Internet shadow of the event: the tweets, blogs, posts, and retweets, reposts, and comments, from thousands, perhaps millions, of people across the Web. All major news events now cast this immense shadow. And it can affect the very news itself, as it did in this case. Sadness and snark. The Internet lets thousands of individuals post their reactions instantly - to anything, an index of immediate emotion.
January 14, 2010 |
The Haiti earthquake has launched a tsunami of sympathy, information and aid through social media such as Facebook, Flickr, Skype, YouTube and Twitter. The lightning worldwide response will likely reinforce what aid workers have known for years: Online media effectively get vital word out, often faster than mainstream media. "We have big presences on Twitter, Facebook, and of course on our blog," said Tom Foley, chief executive officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross, "and I know that today we've dramatically increased the number of people who check in with us through those sites.
July 23, 2012 |
Score a big one for social media. When plans to merge secular Abington Memorial Hospital with Catholic Holy Redeemer Health System collapsed Wednesday, many credited a social-media blitz. Citizen activists, who objected to the merger for various reasons, chief among them the possibility that it might curtail doctors' ability to provide abortions. organized meetings via e-mail, battered news outlets with information, hailed e-messages on doctors and administrators, fired salvos of Twitter tweets, and ran an incredibly potent Facebook page and Change.org petition.
April 25, 2013 |
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - If you can stand straight with your knees together and see a space between your upper thighs, you have what thousands of teenage girls are willing to starve themselves for. The thigh gap, as it is known, is a small space with a huge following on social media. You can follow supermodel Cara Delevingne's thigh gap on Twitter or peruse thousands of thigh gaps on Tumblr with images of ultrathin women in bikinis, hiked-up skirts, and lingerie, all baring thighs so thin they don't touch.
April 6, 2013 |
Do you remember the pulsating beat and powerful lyrics of Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, or LL Cool J? Those artists were some of the key figures of old school hip-hop. They had a message, a unique style, a following, and no doubt a contract with a major record label. Today, the pioneer rappers have been replaced by Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Big Sean. The message, the style, and fans may differ from the past, but the biggest change from old school to new school is the use of social media.
July 17, 2013 |
Two uprisings now under way - each different, each far from over - show the power, and the limitations, of social media when used amid social upheaval. In the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul, Turkey, demonstrators have made brilliant use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to air their grievances. They've been so successful that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, helpless to control the story, attacked Twitter as "the worst menace to society. " "It may be the first time protesters used Vine," says Turkish-born Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the School of Information and Library Science.
January 12, 2013 |
Two employees of Gloucester County have filed a federal lawsuit against the county for adopting a social-media policy they say has a chilling effect on their First Amendment right to free speech. The suit, announced Thursday by the workers' union, says the scope of the county's policy, which includes Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging, is too broad. It was filed Monday by the firm of Weissman & Mintz in U.S. District Court on behalf of Vincent Gattuso, a traffic-signal electrician, and Michael Blaszczyk, a truck driver.
July 30, 2012 |
As recently as five years ago, businesses small and large and nonprofits still seemed puzzled by the value of social-media platforms, then derided as a what-I-had-for-lunch frivolity. Even now, they struggle to quantify exactly what impact their investments in social media and Web content produce for their bottom lines. But the strategy is as much defensive as offensive, as it grows increasingly clear that companies with no digital presence are becoming invisible to many consumers.