December 28, 2014 |
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.
December 23, 2014
IF YOU SAY something loudly enough, with just the right amount of conviction, the odds are that people will begin to listen. They might not agree with you, but they'll listen, and then move on. Sometimes, though, there will be people who listen too closely and then, out of a skewed sense of reality or priorities, or simply as a convenient excuse for their own twisted motives, turn your passion and conviction into a criminal act. You will say...
December 22, 2014 |
AS FIRE Department leadership decides the fate of a paramedic who caused an uproar with a controversial Instagram post, one question still burns. What are department members like Marcel Salters, a paramedic at Medic 23 in West Philly, allowed to post on social media? The rules seem pretty standard for professionals, at least according to the Fire Department's social media and networking guidelines, obtained by the Daily News . Employees can't post "messages, images, comments or cartoons" that are threatening or sexually explicit, or hurl epithets or slurs against race, religion, gender and sexual orientation, according to the guidelines.
December 19, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - At any given home game, Beaver Stadium houses about 100,000 offensive coordinators. Rare cheers and frequent jeers set the tone for Penn State's offense this year. It was a middling group with chronic issues, faulty execution and, what's most talked about, less-than-stellar play-calling. But regardless of fans' feelings, there's only one offensive coordinator at Penn State. His name is John Donovan, and for the first time since preseason media days, he spoke to the media about the season.
December 19, 2014 |
A CITY PARAMEDIC found himself at the center of a firestorm yesterday after he allegedly posted an anti-cop message on social media, along with a photo of two men pointing guns at a police officer's head. The message allegedly posted by a paramedic, identified by sources as Marcell Salters, read: "Our real enemy. Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing innocents. " It was first reported by Fox 29's Chris O'Connell Wednesday night, igniting the controversy.
December 17, 2014 |
The hostage crisis at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney, Australia, unfolded in a way impossible a decade ago. Much of it played out on Facebook and text messaging (already there as of 2004), and on YouTube, Twitter, and other social media as yet unborn in 2004. To be a hostage-taker or hostage as of 2014, it seems, you need good social-media skills. "There's an unprecedented degree of immediacy to such crises now," says Lawrence Husick, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and codirector for the Center for the Study of Terrorism.
December 7, 2014 |
Can public conversation be social work? That question arose again in a grand conversation among hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter amid the turmoil and soul-searching of an extraordinary week. When grand juries decided not to indict police either time, marches in Philadelphia and across the country over the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., dovetailed into more marches over the July 17 death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. The question hovering over all was: Do this country's legal and law-enforcement system protect whites and African Americans equally?
December 5, 2014 |
Second of two parts 'We have to support the people in Ferguson," said Kashara White, 22. "We can't let them be shot by rubber bullets while we sit here twiddling our thumbs worrying about who got shot next. We have to put our bodies on the line. " White was standing in the streets of Philadelphia on Nov. 25, the day after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who on Aug. 9 fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. White took part in a peaceful demonstration in Philadelphia, one organized largely via social media.
December 3, 2014 |
First of two parts 'Nothing should be normal or everyday about accepting all this," says Ferguson, Mo., Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes. "Social media has helped ensure the images and agony stay fresh in people's minds. " Ferguson stays fresh. On Sunday, members of the St. Louis Rams did a pregame salute in protest of what they saw as police violence in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. That angered the St. Louis Police Association, which called on the National Football League to punish the players.
November 27, 2014 |
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.