October 31, 2012 |
The night of Hurricane Sandy brought heartening stories of the power of social media to connect and inform. In social media terms, Sandy is without a doubt the most-covered storm, in depth, breadth, and detail, in history. On Aug. 30, 2005, when Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Facebook was a toddler of a year and a half, YouTube a babe of six months, and Twitter nonexistent. Most tweets, posts, and videos sought to help people, both those in storm's way and those wanting to know more.
October 18, 2010 |
The preliminary hearing for a West Philadelphia man whose violent arrest was videotaped and posted on YouTube was postponed for a second time Monday. The officers involved were unable to testify, an assistant district attorney told the judge, because of the ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into the arrest. Askia Sabur, 29, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related charges from the incident outside of a Chinese takeout food restaurant in his neighborhood.
September 10, 2010 |
A video showing baton-wielding police officers repeatedly striking a man in West Philadelphia has prompted an Internal Affairs investigation, police said. The 21/2-minute video, posted on YouTube, captures the violent arrest of Askia Sabur, 29, outside a takeout restaurant at Lansdowne Avenue and Allison Streets around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Five men, including Sabur and a cousin, were standing outside the Lucky Garden Chinese restaurant when two officers asked them to clear the corner.
November 7, 2012 |
The central Pennsylvania voting machine shown Tuesday in a YouTube video recording a vote for President Obama as a vote for Republican challenger Mitt Romney was broken and has been fixed, a state official said. The video, reminiscent of a 2008 parody on The Simpsons, went viral and attracted national media attention as it raised concerns about voting-machine fraud. YouTube user "centralpavote," who posted the video, wrote that when he tried to cast a ballot for Obama, the light in the voting booth lit up for Romney.
July 23, 2007 |
In Montgomery County's Pottstown school district, when the debate about school uniforms heated up last fall, a short but eye-popping video clip about weapons concealed beneath a young man's shirt, posted on the district's Web site, helped administrators make their case. After months of debate, last week the school board passed a policy making uniforms voluntary starting this fall and mandatory the year after that. Pottstown is not the only place that used the video in that way. In recent years, when school administrators or law-enforcement officials get together to talk about students bringing weapons into schools, often the buzz is about "the video with the kid pulling the weapons out of his pants.
June 12, 2012 |
You might not have noticed the difference at first. The figure behind the microphone as the Gainesville, Fla., quartet Against Me! drove through a hard-charging 45-minute set at the Electric Factory on Sunday night looked much the same as she did a few months ago, before the band's singer, who had been known as Tommy Gabel, announced that he had become a woman named Laura Jane Grace. If you stood 12 feet away from the stage, you might have missed the mascara and the dangling earrings and seen only a performer commanding the stage with a furious joy and the tight-knit knot of bodies churning on the floor below.
October 25, 2006 |
Pigtails bobbing, Laurie Elder bopped up to a stranger walking by LOVE Park yesterday afternoon, waved her sign, then outstretched her arms. Seconds later, the two were hugging. A few feet away, Debs Hoy was doing the same thing - wrapping her arms around someone she'd never met. Near her, Fran Staret was approaching a group of walkers while waving her torn sign: "Free Hugs," it read. The three West Philadelphia women were spreading a little sisterly love in a city where, with the growing violence problem, it seems love is lacking.
March 19, 2012 |
By David Kenner Here's a puzzle: A video calling for international action to capture Joseph Kony, a Ugandan guerrilla who commands a couple hundred men and has killed 151 civilians during the past year, has been viewed by about 80 million people on YouTube. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - who boasts 600,000 men under arms, along with almost 5,000 tanks, and who often kills more than 100 people a day, according to activists - generates exponentially less outrage. The imbalance is particularly striking on Twitter.
August 26, 2010 |
In 5.44 seconds flat, Zhewei Wu can assemble a set of 12 plastic cups into a complicated formation, then take it apart. Yes, that's a competitive sport. Wu is one of the fastest in the world. He is 14, an incoming freshman at Central High School who, along with friend Steven Wu, is a member of the U.S. Sport Stacking team. The pair demonstrated their talents for a rapt audience at Wednesday's Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman praised the two, and called speed stacking a "captivating new sport that is growing rapidly in recognition and value around the world.
May 5, 2010 |
Yes, the L.A.-based power-pop-rock quartet OK Go remain best-known for their ingenious video work. No surprise. Their clever, no-edit backyard dance performance of their 2005 single "A Million Ways" became a YouTube fave. And their subsequent video for "Here It Goes Again" - a choreographed treadmill-riding routine - became a viral zeitgeist signifier that has racked up more than 50 million views, not to mention a 2007 Grammy for best short-form music video. Their latest tour-de-force video - the Rube Goldberg-machine-driven "This Too Shall Pass," off their new album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky - has already passed the 12 million mark on YouTube.