September 14, 2012 |
The anti-American demonstrations raging in the Middle East and North Africa extend beyond the violence of the day, providing a broad diplomatic challenge to President Obama's attempts to forge relationships with new regimes across the Arab world. The immediate crisis involves a pair of post-revolutionary Arab countries — Egypt and Libya — that Obama has worked to ensure will be supporters of the United States as they endure difficult transitions from autocracies to self-government.
June 4, 2012 |
Eduard Khil, a beloved Soviet crooner who won sudden international stardom two years ago when a 1976 video of him singing "trololo" instead of the song's censored words became a global Internet hit, died June 4 at age 77. He had been hospitalized in St. Petersburg since a stroke in April left him with severe brain damage. His death was confirmed by Tatyana Mamedova of Petersburg-Kontsert, which organized Mr. Khil's concerts. Mr. Khil was a top Soviet performer during the 1960s and '70s,...
April 20, 2012 |
Catch Kevin Wu's latest comedy program on YouTube, and you may think he's nothing more than a young Asian American talking to a camera in his bedroom. But almost each of his shows command at least 2 million views — rivaling the nightly TV audiences of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. A disproportionate share of YouTube's top personalities are minorities, a striking contrast to the most popular shows on mainstream television, where the stars are largely white. These minority-produced, home-grown shows are...
March 14, 2012 |
THE PRODUCERS of an Internet video about the African warlord Joseph Kony have already proven one of their main points. Social media, the film's narrator proclaims at the outset, are "changing the way the world works. The game has new rules. " True enough: In the first seven days after its posting on March 7, " Kony 2012 " was viewed more than 112 million times, according to the Visible Measures blog — making it the most explosive viral video phenomenon in history. An extraordinary amount of fresh attention has been...
December 11, 2011 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion . Hey Carolyn: I seem to be locked into a habit of numbing myself. No drugs or alcohol, but lots of Internet, crosswords, reading, knitting. Things that keep my life, and especially my 5-year-old, at bay. She has noticed this. I say, "I'm sorry, I was distracted. " She has said, "You're always distracted. " I also cry at inappropriate times — over an Internet video, or something in the newspaper — but I don't cry over real things in my...
August 12, 2011
The weak economy is hitting Americans where they spend a lot of their free time: at the TV set. They're canceling cable and satellite TV subscriptions in record numbers, according to an Associated Press analysis of the companies' quarterly earnings. The U.S. subscription-TV industry first showed a small net loss of subscribers a year ago. This year, that trickle has turned into a stream. The chief cause appears to be high unemployment and a housing market that has many people living with their parents,...