March 20, 2013 |
ALMOST every day, we hear about a pop star blowing up on the Internet. But who knew that YouTube can make a fast and enduring phenomenon of Broadway tunesmiths, too? Philadelphia-born lyricist/composer Benj Pasek and his musical writing partner, Justin Paul - lately getting props on NBC-TV's "Smash" - are here to tell of the Web's charms and power in giving them a big head start on the competition. Way back in 2005, while Pasek and Paul were still musical theater majors at the University of Michigan, Web exposure of their material ignited one of the most successful theatrical shows that's never played on Broadway.
February 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world. Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered YouTube blocked for carrying the film, which he described as "offensive to Islam and the Prophet [Muhammad]. " He made the ruling in the Egyptian capital, where the first protests against the film erupted last September before spreading to more than 20 countries, killing more than 50 people.
January 31, 2013 |
Advertisers used to wait till Super Bowl Sunday to unveil their TV ads. More and more, some jump the gun to justify the king's ransom for a 30-second spot - $4 million this year - by capitalizing on every bit of media hype and advance Internet traffic they can generate, often by using some kind of contest tie-in. Some, like Anheuser-Busch, use the news and social media to build anticipation for spots you'll have to wait till Sunday to see. The beermaker even issued its first-ever tweet to ask folks to suggest names for a recently born Clydesdale , star of an ad called "Brotherhood.
January 4, 2013 |
FROM A decorated police lieutenant caught cold-cocking an unarmed woman to a wild wedding brawl captured on camera by a 15-year-old tourist, Philly videos scored big numbers at the YouTube box office in 2012. If seeing is believing, even veteran lawmen were shocked when they saw a little girl fight off her abductor and, in another video, a group of teen girls attack a mentally challenged woman in her own home. The viewing material ventured into R-rated territory when cameras caught a cabbie with his pants down and a chanting family at a suburban high school with no pants at all. Perhaps, in some quiet, bizarre corners of southeastern Pennsylvania (ahem . . . Delco)
December 21, 2012 |
TATTLE LOVES the Internet as much as the next guy but occasionally it can be misleading. With big news stories, Internet sources are so eager to get stories up quickly, a lot of them turn out to be completely wrong. With the recent Newtown massacre, for instance, we quickly learned that the shooter's mother was a teacher at the school, that his father was killed in New Jersey, that he left his mother's Bushmaster rifle in the car and that his name was Ryan. That's Oh-for-four.
November 29, 2012 |
IF "INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS" sweeps the Razzies next year, can we all stop talking about it like it's a serious cinematic event? Is every crackpot with access to YouTube now going to become a target of insecure political regimes? On Wednesday, an Egyptian court convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death - that's right, to death - on charges linked to the anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
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.
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 15, 2012 |
In this 2012 election season, the nationwide battle is not only presidential - it's pop-cultural. At the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, Clint Eastwood stood up for Mitt Romney and talked down to an empty chair in which he pretended an invisible President Obama was sitting. Last weekend, pop singer Katy Perry performed at a Los Angeles fund-raiser for Obama, and tweeted a photo to her 27 million followers of her red, white, and blue fingernails decorated with Democratic donkeys and pictures of the president.
October 10, 2012 |
Philadelphia police say they expect to make more arrests in connection with a 100-person brawl involving two wedding parties that broke out early Sunday at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel. Three people have been arrested in the incident, which began in the hotel bar after a wedding reception. One man died of a heart attack while shepherding his grown children out of the hotel as wedding guests battled and police swung nightsticks inside. Two people were issued disorderly conduct citations, police said.