- Thursday, April 4, 2013
President Barack Obama and his national security team are no doubt making final preparations for the upcoming trip to Israel. Obama already began to lay the groundwork for his trip by sending messages to the Israeli leadership who remain fanatically wed to coercing the United States to go to war with Iran. And it seems the coercion is working. The president's message had nothing to do with peace. "All options are on the table," he professed to an Israeli news outlet. Of course these seemingly threatening statements drummed of another looming battle.
- Monday, March 25, 2013
For those who don't know or rather dismiss cultural milestones that have anything to do with social media, the blue birdy network known as Twitter just turned 7 years old.
In dog years that equates to 49.
I use the metaphor of dog years because in the break neck speed of technology, social fatigue, and years lost refreshing and scrolling, 7 years can feel a whole lot like 49.
If we took this metaphor a step further, a lot of this dog years stuff makes quite a bit of sense when we shed a light on Twitter's counterparts, i.e. the Googles and FBs.
Google being the oldest would be dead (according to teeny bopper metrics it already is) and Facebook as the rapidly deteriorating middle child would be in a nursing home.
As the youngest of the power three, Twitter by certain accounts, arguably appears to have aged gracefully by comparison to its siblings.
Introduced foremost to the world as an information aggregator, it's become a communicative essential; and as a marketing platform conceivably more malleable than the cluttered ethos that now constricts Facebook.
7 years ago Twitter focused on the public need of dissemination.
Slowly it made hashtags cultural staples, and @ signs the go-to symbols for contacting people and companies.
It was an open party, but it was one always built for a wider audience.
By contrast, FB and Google came up as niche communities, the former built at first on a network of collegiate students, the latter on people who strictly yearned for an efficient Internet search and a better e-mail alternative to Hotmail.
Their struggles with capturing social networking are well-documented and in a fickle mobile marketplace where people go with what's cool, Twitter has survived those pitfalls because it remains based on the principles of offering a fundamental human service rather than cheap thrills.
Biz's bird child isn’t perfect, but in its middle age it seemingly has more fight rather flight, gracefully remaining relevant in a space where what you did 1 minute ago can seem like a light year.
(image via The Times)
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- Tuesday, March 19, 2013
From surveillance tool to weapon of war, drones have quickly captured the attention of the world. Most notably used by the U.S. military in Pakistan as a part of the “War on Terror”, many have come to only see the violent side of this technology. In some circles, the word drone has become synonymous with civilian casualties. With the number of civilian deaths, it is hard to argue against this view.
- Thursday, February 28, 2013
Perhaps it is the effect of four years spent as a DJ on my university's radio station, but events in the news often make me think of songs, and the coverage of France's Mali mission is bringing to mind the song “Franco-Unamerican” by the seminal California punk band NOFX. The song was written in 2003 and drips with sarcasm over the neo-conservative/interventionist foreign policy of then President George W. Bush.
- Monday, February 25, 2013
Tomoyuki Shinki (b. 1982, Osaka) is an outsider artist with a penchant for contact sports, namely wrestling and boxing, with some judo and Muay Thai mixed in here and there. Shinki uses a computer to draw contorted opponents, sometimes black and white but more often vividly colored. In bold cartoonish scenes, Shinki’s fighters maul, punch, grab, pull, smash, and flip each other around. The figures are hulking and muscular, and the activity leaps off the paper.
- Friday, February 22, 2013
Here's a touching anti-bullying message from the poet Shane Koyczan.
According to the artist:
This animated piece is the result of a group of individuals coming together and binding their talents in an expression of solidarity and compassion. I am humbled by the extraordinary efforts of those who selflessly gave their time and committed themselves to bring out this message in such a beautiful way.
- Friday, February 15, 2013
As a people living under an occupation [in Kashmir] which is camouflaged within a patina of democratic set-up and draconian laws, there is a constant erasure of our bodies, memories, and identities. We are inflicted with active forgetting in order to survive. At the border where the direct gaze of prose is constricted with barbed wires of multiple coercions, poetry spurts forth. Poetry makes one a witness, rather than just an archivist. One’s life-blood, all that is political and emotional; lived, remaining, and forgotten coagulates into a poem.
- Monday, February 11, 2013
‘An elemental narrative’ is the description we should use for a story that transcends genre. Our understanding of ‘elemental’ relates to what is ‘essential’ or ‘a basic part.’ It means that our elemental narratives always bear the premise that we are writing a ‘basic’ story that touches at the heart of who we are and what we have become. The goal of the writer will be to write a story that is as elemental as a shared humanity, those recognizable qualities that makes us human, and sometimes inhuman.
- Thursday, February 7, 2013
Above are two photos selected by Twitter creator Biz Stone for his upcoming Longliveimagination film project with Canon.
LLI gives fans the opportunity to submit themed photos which 5 celebrites will then comb through and select for their own personal films. This year's crop includes Stone, Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, Georgina Chapman and former LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy.
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