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.
March 7, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A morbidly obese California man whose tearful, videotaped plea for help became a YouTube sensation may be getting the support he wanted. The "Dr. Phil" show reached out to Livermore resident Robert Gibbs, 23, after he posted his three-minute video last week. Gibbs mentioned the program in his clip, which has been viewed more than a million times and inspired dozens of responses from viewers offering diet tips and encouragement. A crew from the "Dr. Phil" show was scheduled to come to his house and film him today, Gibbs told the Associated Press.
March 7, 2012
Would you intervene if you witnessed an attack similar to what occurred in a River Line incident seen on YouTube?
February 29, 2012 |
Jackie Milestone hopes YouTube can be her ticket to Yale. The 18-year-old Harriton High School student applied for early admission to the Ivy League university in November. When her application was deferred until spring with thousands of others, Milestone decided to try an end run by way of the Internet. Aided by some friends, Milestone created a video performance featuring a self-authored anthem to her dream school, which is her father's alma mater. The video opens with the Harriton senior cuddling a stuffed bulldog, Yale's mascot, and later alludes to the school's chief rival when Milestone is seen roughly elbowing a passing jogger wearing a Harvard T-shirt.
February 23, 2012 |
Lower Merion school officials are warning parents about an outfit that posted a YouTube video of local high school and college students engaging in what appears to be underage drinking and illegal drug use under the name "I'm Shmacked. " In a letter sent home Tuesday, the principals of Harriton and Lower Merion High Schools termed the images "reprehensible and cause for great concern. " The video shows binge drinking, marijuana use, window smashing, and use of drugs and alcohol in cars by students purported to be from Lower Merion - all presented as a lark.
February 10, 2012 |
JERSEY CITY is rolling out the welcome mat, or throwing some more peanut shells down on the barroom floor, for the "women" of the "Jersey Shore. " Jersey's second-largest city has issued producers a permit to film a spinoff of the "reality" series featuring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley . Filming is expected to begin later this month. Hoboken last week denied the permit, citing safety and quality-of-life concerns for residents. Not sure what it says about the residents of Jersey City that Snooki doesn't bring down their quality of life.
February 10, 2012 |
JAMEEL SALEEM wasn't getting the types of parts he wanted when he and his girlfriend moved to Los Angeles to make it big. Saleem rattled off a list: gang banger, parolee, ghost rapper. How could he turn down ghost rapper? "It wasn't a comedy," Saleem said. But instead of waiting around for the right part, Saleem, who spent his early years in Germantown, followed in the footsteps of his hero Woody Allen: He wrote his own material, enlisted girlfriend Kimelia Weathers, picked up a camera and shot a series of YouTube videos.
December 21, 2011 |
REBECCA BLACK'S icky "Friday" video has topped all other YouTube vids of 2011 with 180 million views. This is the level of non-news culture you will inherit when newspapers are no more - one of fake Jon Bon Jovi -is-dead stories that traverse the Internet like the Silver Surfer, babbling babies, genius cats and insipid songs like "Friday. " The second-most-popular video, announced yesterday by the Google-owned YouTube, was "Ultimate Dog Tease," in which an owner taunts a dog with food and voices its reactions.
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.
December 1, 2011 |
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp said he isn't proud of his part in the throwdown last week at the CFL alumni luncheon that has gone viral on the Internet. Angelo Mosca also is disappointed. The Canadian Football Hall of Famers, both in their mid-70s, have had a few days to reflect on their dustup during Grey Cup weekend in Vancouver. "The altercation should have been avoided there because it was a celebration of teamwork and togetherness within the country," Kapp, 73, told the Canadian Press yesterday.