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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan's groundbreaking Feminine Mystique. This week, in commemoration, the hashtag "SayThankYouToAFeminist" started trending on Twitter. Users earnestly thanked people—their mothers, their sisters, their favorite Nation writers. Then came the backlash: Some invoked the failings of feminism; others made stupid jokes, like thanking "feminists" for a sandwich. Then came the back-backlash: "Don't you see that your idiotic jokes are making our point?"—which doesn't make sense, really, but you get the idea.
Early last month, I tweeted a completely innocuous message about being glad that my mother was with me when I fainted twice on the floor of CVS after getting a flu shot.Hours later, I received a tweet from someone I didn’t know, @NovaClubNu, a guy or a group of guys seemingly from Villanova University (my alma mater).
In this month's issue of Philadelphia magazine, Jessica Remo explores "the existential crisis of the smartphone generation." In short, she wonders when the heck we started caring more about our lives on social media than our lives in the real world. There's plenty of articles that will expand upon the evils of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and whatever other social network pops up overnight—Vine, anyone?—but for news junkies and knowledge lovers, social media changes the way we consume information. Philadelphia, like most other major media cities, has active Twitter users spreading the word about what's happening all across our region. Here is an unranked list of who does it the most, and the best: Philly’s most influential Tweeters.
In the same week that the Manti Te'o "fake girlfriend" scandal captivated and horrified the nation, another story emerged that touched on sports, Twitter and a prominent death. The difference is this one, rather than demonstrate all the worst things about the Internet, social media and humanity in general, showcased some of the best.
Just last week, my good friend, Philly Mag fact-checker extraordinaire Annie Monjar, wrote an item for the Philly Post poking fun at Vince Fumo’s girlfriend, Carolyn Zinni, for her online petition seeking to provide the Vince of Darkness with more fruits and veggies while he’s occupying a federal prison cell. Annie even quoted Vinni’s cry of anguish: “My Loved one is away in a Federal Prison Camp and has NOT had a piece of fruit or fresh vegetable in almost 4 YEARS !!”Mere hours later, Annie slunk into my office in horror. Vince Fumo had been hospitalized in Kentucky for
Last weekend saw the publication of one of the worst story leads in the history of newspaper journalism. In a column for the Toronto Star, writing about the trial in a horrific case in which a woman was sexually assaulted by her own doctor during a hysterectomy, columnist Rosie DiManno began with this charming description:
She lost a womb but gained a penis.The former was being removed surgically—full hysterectomy—while the latter was forcibly shoved into her slack mouth.
I probably don’t have to tell you that President Obama’s post-victory tweet was the most retweeted message of 2012, because you may have been one of the millions who shared it. This week, Twitter announced the number of users has grown to more than 500 million, up from 140 million just six months ago.
Earlier this month, Philadelphia magazine hosted Thinkfest, a cool event where lots of forward-thinking locals got to wax poetic on all the awesome stuff they want to do—and are doing—for our great city. During a conversation about social media, prominent newsman Jim Gardner, a tweet machine these days, wondered how differently news would have been reported if Twitter existed on 9/11. At the time, I was horrified, thinking of all the trolls I see every day on the Internet. I can’t imagine all the hate that would’ve spewed from the mouths of ignorant people. I couldn’t imagine a worse place for social media.And then Friday happened.