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The Dragonfly Effect

A brief addendum to my previous post. Here the authors of “The Dragonfly Effect”, that was mentioned in the previous video, discuss their idea behind their book and briefly describe their recipe for using social media to encourage social change. There are longer more detailed videos on youtube, if anyone is interested, they are very interesting.

Twitter’s Role in the Announcement of Osama’s Death

Attached is a video of Andrew Smith discussing the Role of Twitter in the Announcement of Osama Bin Ladens death. He describes the ability of social media to create a collective space for people to react to such big events. He also touches on the fact that young demographics get a lot of their news from social media outlets.

I am very interested in the social media phenomenon. And as I posted before, I think it is a great great asset when used for positive purposes.

Infotainment: Obama vs Donald Trump

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Donald Trump vs Obama’s Birth Certificate

By LCrosby on April 8, 2011

Donald Trump has come out guns blazing. As it becomes more and more likely that the real estate mogul and reality TV super star is headed toward presidential candidacy Mr. Trump has made it quite clear how feels about our country’s current president Barrack Obama.

In a recent interview on the Today Show with Meredith Vieira Trumps talks about what he feels is the presidents inability to run and protect our country. Trump goes on to talk about how he feels that since Obama has come into office the country’s integrity has really taken a hit throughout the world. Trump stated that he feels that the United Stated in a country that is no longer respected by leaders throughout the world.

Vieira goes on to bring up the subject of Obama’s birth certificate which Trump has been very vocal about. Since coming into office the question of Obama residency has been in question. There are claims out there that President obama was not actually born in the United States but in Kenya. Trump states that he once believed that the president was indeed a United States born citizen but is now having some serious doubts.

These doubts are stemming from the fact that the President Obama has never come forward with proof of an official birth certificate. The only documents the president is said to have come forward with is a certificate of live birth. The difference is said to be the fact that a birth certificate provides greater detail, doctors signature and witness signatures of the person’s birth where as the Certificate of Live birth does not and is an easier document to alter or fake.

As if the fact that Obama has been unable or unwilling to provide a simple birth certificate isn’t bad enough, it is also being said that President Obama’s own biological grandmother who lives in Kenya has stated that Obama was indeed born in Kenya and the she witnessed the birth. Trump who has said he is determined to get to the bottom of this two year long scandal has stated that he has people down in Hawaii investigating the birth of President Obama and that people will be shocked to find out what is being discovered.

How this whole story will turn out is still a mystery. The country who is currently in uproar over Trump’s suspicions will be waiting on bated breath to see what Mr. Trump’s people discover and whether or not he will share his finding with the rest of the United States. Only time and research will tell.

Osama Bin Ladin’s Body Buried at Sea

Waking up this morning like many, my facebook and twitter were full of notifications discussing Osama Bin Ladin’s death as of yesterday. It is amazing how we are able to know so many details, half way across the world. I found this article to be quite interesting that the U.S., despite having killed their enemy, they still respected the Muslim tradition and buried him 24 hours after his death. This is only the beginning of the information that the world is going to receive about this event and we can all expect to see it across all the media platforms.

Students Come Together to Celebrate

I can see that a few other students already discussed the recent death of Osama Bin Laden but I still wanted to share a picture with you all. Above is a link to a picture of students at my home university celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden.  Never in a million years did I imagine central campus at my school to look like this. After talking with friends there, they described the celebrations “as something they had never seen before.” Since I am currently living in Italy, I’ve kept connected to what others are doing by videos and pictures on Facebook and Twitter. It is amazing how powerful and connected I still feel with other Americans by just communicating and seeing pictures like the one I shared with you all. To see so many students unified and happy together as a country the Sunday night of finals is just crazy. This morning my roommates and I found out through friends updated twitters. I felt instantly connected and found out everything I needed to know in a matter of seconds.


LIve Broadcast of the Royal Wedding

Around the world: how the papers saw it

Natalie Craig

May 1, 2011

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A MERICANS gushed, Iranians scoffed and the Italians carried on about the ”sexy” bridesmaid as media coverage of the royal wedding blanketed the globe.

An estimated 2 to 3 billion people watched the broadcast, including about 400 million on YouTube – the largest ever live streaming audience.

Photos of the happy couple were splashed across the front pages of newspapers in every continent, while news websites notched a total of about 5.4 million page views a minute at their peak.

Editorials in the left-leaning British press were respectful, if circumspect: The Independent gloried in the ”day of escapism” while reminding readers that ”vast inequalities persist in Britain today”.

The Daily Mail had successfully predicted Catherine’s dress designer – Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen – who, it later reported, ”had to sneak into her hotel on Thursday night with her face mostly obscured by a huge yeti-like fur hat”.

The UK tabloids milked the event for all it was worth, dubbing princesses Beatrice and Eugenie ”the mad hatters” and bridesmaid Pippa Middleton ”her royal hotness”.

Photos of the kiss splashed front pages everywhere.royalchina_al1-200x0.jpgPhotos of the kiss splashed front pages everywhere.

Italy’s La Repubblica also made much of the younger Ms Middleton’s ”eleganza e sex-appeal”, while hundreds of Facebook shrines were established overnight in her honour, including the ”Pippa Middleton Ass Appreciation Society” with more than 23,000 followers.

North American papers presented the wedding as the apotheosis of romance. ”Love matters,” declared the editorial of Canada’s best-selling Globe and Mail, ”and so too does the fact of the persistence of something great and noble of the past in our harried world.”

But not everyone felt the love. The Iranian state news channel grumbled that ”the people of this monarchical country” were paying for the most expensive royal wedding in British history, and were ”forced to work around-the-clock so that princesses can pile up cash”. France’s L’Express complained that no French people had been invited to ”the wedding of the century”, while Le Figaro published a 79-page liftout titled ”So British”.

Britons, meanwhile, were enraged about the BBC’s online streaming, which crashed at the crucial moment when Catherine started her walk down the aisle.

But other sites withstood the massive traffic generated by the event, which had been expected to test the capacities of social media.

YouTube’s 400 million viewers outstripped the previous record for live streaming, when 70 million tuned in for US President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

Global internet traffic monitor Akamai recorded almost 5.4 million page views a minute on news-focused websites around the time of the ceremony.

It was the sixth-busiest online event for news websites, behind World Cup qualifying matches, other sports events and the US mid-term elections.

During the ceremony, Facebook recorded 74 status updates per second mentioning the royal wedding, while Twitter registered more than 300 related tweets, with Pippa and her derriere trending higher than her sister.

Like the online chatter, TV commentary ranged from the merry to the merciless.

One British reporter, standing outside the hotel which the Middletons rented for the wedding scoffed of their common background: ”It’s sometimes hard to tell who are the Middletons and who are the staff.”

Sky News was attacked for abruptly cutting short an interview with British Prime Minister David Cameron before the ceremony to show socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s ”new nose”.

There was rolling coverage of the ceremony on 14 US channels, with NASA also broadcasting live to its international space station. About half the population of New Zealand, or 2.2 million people, watched between 7.30pm local time and midnight.

The heavyweights of American broadcasting, including Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric, dissected the dress and the tiara, and explained to viewers the particulars of royal etiquette with the help of toffy-sounding British analysts.

But they didn’t get the triumphant Hollywood pash they were hoping for.

Couric missed the first kiss and had to ask for a replay.

When the couple obliged she said: ”I hate to be ungrateful, but is that it?”

The Media Event of Osama Bin Laden

I have awoken to news of Osama Bin Laden’s death and as I watch the celebrations of my fellow Americans in D.C. and in New York from my apartment in Italy I can only be more thankful for digital media. This event is not only a major day for Americans but undoubtedly as the day continues on and the news spreads to farther reaches of the world, the global reaction of Osama Bin Laden’s death will continue to be reported on for days to come. Thankfully enough with the prevalence and globalization of media, I am able to stay connected with this event and watch the consequences unfold as if I were in the states myself. As I watch President Obama’s announcement I can only imagine the reaction of those outside American borders and how this news will now change the topic of discussion in their own countries.