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.
September 21, 2012 |
SOME DAYS, scouring the Internet like a Loofah to get the truth on some rumor - so you don't have to - gives Tattle a headache. Take Monica Lewinsky . Please. The newsroom was a titter (or perhaps a Twitter) Thursday when stories started to pop up everywhere - like moles in a game of Whac-a-Mole - that Monica was going to receive many, many dollars for a tell-all book on her affair with then-President Bill Clinton and his insatiable desire for three-way sex. Newsday said Monica was shopping a "top-secret" book.
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.
December 13, 2011 |
When Steve Markle was 14, he begged for a pool table. His dad was leery. Would he really use it? Would it just end up a storage table for laundry and junk? But NOT getting a pool table was becoming a problem. "Steve was obsessed," said older brother Bill. "He wanted to go to bars because he knew they had a pool table. " Dad bought a Kmart table. Steve was in the basement all the time, banging balls. He broke 15 floor tiles, the computer screen, picture frames.
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.
October 28, 2009 |
She gets Valentines from sock monkeys, date requests from Moscow, unsolicited signed photos from Billy Joel and concertos written in her honor. Yet, this Philadelphia lady still eats on the floor. Nora the Piano Cat, a YouTube piano-playing sensation whose first video has drawn more than 15.7 million hits, will add another trophy to her wall when she accepts the Cat of the Year Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York City tomorrow.
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.