May 23, 2007
It's a little late to order a retreat in what has been dubbed the "YouTube war. " American soldiers' video and blog postings from the front lines in Iraq are as much a part of the stateside understanding of the war as images on evening newscasts. Even the Pentagon is using the Internet video-sharing sites to showcase action in Iraq, both as a means of reaching out to a young, recruit-rich audience and to document U.S. military successes. So it's somewhat puzzling that the Department of Defense just decreed that soldiers overseas will find access blocked to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other popular Web sites on the military's computers and networks.
October 13, 2008 |
This year, for the first time, the presidential campaign is waged not just in the whistlestops and hustings of America, but also on YouTube and the viral video world. Candidates, partisans and citizens are uploading, downloading and distributing ads, "gotcha" moments, parodies and video bites in an endless series of sliced-and-diced mutations. If 2004 was the Year of the Blogger, 2008 is the Year of YouTube. And in the last seven days, the GOP and Democratic campaigns have stepped up their fierce online-video battle.
September 20, 2010 |
The preliminary hearing for a West Philadelphia man whose violent arrest was videotaped and posted on YouTube was postponed until Oct. 18 because the officers involved are being investigated by police Internal Affairs. 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. The police officers involved were unable to testify, an assistant district attorney told the judge, because Sabur's arrest is being investigated by Internal Affairs.
October 19, 2010
A preliminary hearing for a West Philadelphia man whose violent arrest was videotaped and posted on YouTube was postponed Monday for a second time. 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 a Chinese takeout in his neighborhood. The 21/2-minute video shows baton-wielding officers repeatedly striking Sabur, who suffered a broken arm and a gash on the back of his head.
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.
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.
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.