I feel your pain, Tom Ferrick.
I once got caught up in the emotions of the moment when Philebrity slammed a post by Greg Meckstroth on the blog I edit that slammed a facelift that the legendary local hangout Doobies Bar gave itself for not making the place look more like Ubar.
I jumped into the fray in the comments section — and quickly argued myself into a corner from which I couldn’t extricate myself. Greg, of course, was entitled to his opinion, and others are free to disagree, even obnoxiously, with that opinion. But usually, when that disagreement takes the form of a zinger, taking on the dart-thrower makes the respondent — not the critic — look like a hypersensitive fool.
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NBC executives must be kicking themselves for not airing the live three-hour Sound of Music special during the all-important November ratings book. The ratings are the best Thursday night numbers that NBC has been able to garner since the days of Friends, Seinfeld and ER.
18.5 million homes were tuned to NBC primetime last night. The latest rendition of the 50-year-old Rogers and Hammerstein musical did especially well with young viewers. The live event got a 4.6 rating with those between 18-49, an elusive demographic for the networks. That is the best rating in that age range for NBC since the finale of Frasier in 2004.
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UPDATE: After more than 24 hours on some sort of Twitter spam list, the City Paper‘s Twitter operations are now back to normal.
ORIGINAL: Like almost all news organizations these days, Philadelphia’s City Paper relies heavily on its social media presence to get eyes on its stories, which, in many cases, expose societal ills and evils. The alt-weekly has over 26,500 followers on Twitter. But since Wednesday morning, the newspaper has had problems sharing stories there. Read more »
I didn’t watch the Miss America pageant Sunday, but boy oh boy did I hear about it.
New York’s Nina Davuluri became the first Indian American (and Asian American) to win the Miss America title, and news of the racist tweets marking her as “a dot head,” an “Arab,” and a “terrorist” began flooding my newsfeeds almost immediately.
I won’t recount a long list of some of the most heinous tweets aimed at Davuluri, but here are a few that have received a LOT of attention:
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Philadelphians: We can be pretty depressing in just 140 characters. According to a new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University, individual Twitter feeds can reveal the overall well-being of a community. And, of the 1,293 counties examined, Philadelphia County was among those with the lowest life satisfaction rating.
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In the past week, a number of people have asked me some version of the same question: “What’s up with Mayor Nutter’s Twitter account?”
No, the Mayor didn’t delete his Twitter account after some provocative late night tweets. And it hasn’t been hacked by Anonymous.
It’s just that the Mayor hasn’t tweeted in a while. Other than a July 4th retweet of comedian Kevin Hart, who tweeted an Instagram photo of himself with Nutter backstage at the Parkway concert, our normally Twitter-prone Mayor hasn’t been active at all on Twitter since June 17th, when he sent out two tweets, one of them congratulating chef Marc Vetri on his upcoming Navy Yard project.
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Congratulations! Your new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, is really catching on.
Thanks. The Today Show just called and wants me for an interview.
You’re the only person I ever heard say you watch TV for the commercials, not the shows.
It’s true. I was watching with my family recently, and they had the commercials muted so they could talk. I asked them to turn them back on. When I was in college, I used to duct-tape ads I liked all over my dorm room’s walls. Read more »
New York Magazine has posted an article highlighting 80-plus tweets from Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. One they left out was this retweet of the President’s victory message on November 6th, the day he won reelection.
According to this story on Gawker, @J_Tsar is the still-active Twitter feed of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. And judging by the exponential growth of @J_Tsar’s Twitter followers (it’s gone from nearly no followers to almost 10,000 in mere minutes), people believe it.
@J_Tsar’s Twitter feed is, for the most part, mundane, with references to pop music and his apparent support for President Barack Obama.
If the Easter story is true—and I’m an agnostic, so I neither confirm nor deny the truth of what I’m about to discuss—something really amazing happened roughly 2,000 years ago. The Romans put a Jewish preacher up on a cross, killed him, and buried him … only to see him leave his grave a few days later, visit some friends, then rise to heaven with a promise to return. Read more »