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October 13, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Normally two islands in a sea of social media, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia have had recent audience triumphs radically revising old notions that Twitter and other social media work only for young millennials. On Oct. 2, the Philadelphia Orchestra played to a full Verizon Hall on six hours' notice, aided by social media, after a prestigious visiting engagement at Carnegie Hall was abruptly canceled. The strategy: Massive contacts via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Mike Schneider, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - Trayvon Martin's killing garnered worldwide attention when the man who fatally shot him wasn't arrested for weeks - a backlash fueled largely by social media. Now, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have permeated George Zimmerman's trial both inside and outside the courtroom. A witness who testified via Skype was inundated with calls from other users on the Internet-based phone service, and a defense attorney was tripped up by a photo his daughter posted on Instagram.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2011 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
If you want to use Facebook and Twitter as networks of people and businesses that can guide you to good deals and money-saving - or moneymaking - opportunities, then check out these helpful sites. For yourself. Social media have many uses beyond commenting on Justin Bieber and the weather, so be on the lookout. The same channels you use to announce your arrival at a party are also exceptionally handy places to find and relay tips on shopping deals, generate and save money, find a job, barter, or recycle.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
'We contend that social media in this day and age cannot be ignored," says a message on the website gzlegalcase. There could hardly be a clearer statement of the role of social media in the Trayvon Martin case. Especially since the website was created by Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's defense lawyer, in April 2012 to help raise money. It joined The Real George Zimmerman, a site Zimmerman himself had created. Starting from the first news in 2012, the Trayvon Martin case prompted sustained churn throughout social media.
NEWS
November 27, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The night of Ferguson was a study, according to someone who is there, in "how social media make everything everyone's business, whether you want that or not. " Ferguson Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes, speaking by phone from the St. Louis suburb, said social media - "Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Vimeo, YouTube" - had helped local people share their fears and feelings. "It has kept the conversation going," she said, "and it has helped inform people about the evidence and circumstances.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nature-watching - an outsider's hobby, right? Geese crisscross the sky, eagles nest all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, hawks and falcons are on their way, and elk whistle ghostly in Benezette. But birders, hunters, conservationists, and animal enthusiasts of all furs are also turning to Twitter, Facebook, blogs, apps, and a proliferation of "hawk cams" and "eagle cams" to get their beast on. Here, as in so many realms of human life, social media help people build communities around shared interests.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joyce Carol Oates has a point. The eminent writer was on Twitter Wednesday, discussing the political demonstrations throughout the country this year. She tweeted: "Critics of 'social media' need to acknowledge how, for all its flaws, this is a revolutionary new consciousness. " That's no writerly exaggeration. In a tumultuous year, much of the tumult was relayed, focused, stoked, and distributed through media channels other than newspapers, radio, TV, or film. From Hong Kong to Ferguson, from Mexico City to Philadelphia, social media repeatedly were harnessed to inform, create groups that shared goals and values, express outrage, solidarity, and aspiration, and organize protests.
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Tom Hays, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Police investigating two gangs called the Very Cripsy Gangsters and the Rockstarz didn't need to spend all their time pounding the pavement for leads. Instead, they fired up their computers and followed the trash talk on Facebook. "Rockstarz up 3-0," one suspect boasted - a reference to the body count from a bloody turf war between the Brooklyn gangs that ultimately resulted in 49 arrests last month. Authorities in New York say a new generation of gang members is increasingly using social media to boast of their exploits and issue taunts and challenges that result in violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like most big events, the Sochi Winter Olympics was two sets of events in one: the actual Games (curling, hockey, the highly puzzling biathlon) and what social media made of them. Failed rings! Fashion uprisings! Mammalian hoaxes! The fastest-growing (and most hopeless) petition in Change.org history! Over on TV, the Games were great for NBC. Prime-time viewership averaged 22.1 million through Friday. U.S. teams had a bad last weekend, so viewership faded, but it should still land between the 2010 Vancouver Games (24.4 million)
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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