The Guardian: Welcome to English to English -
Our transatlantic cousins over at Guardian US have set up a tumblr to chart any potential cultural misunderstandings between our great peoples. Share your English/US cultural comparisons - or translations - their way.
Right, then. Prince Harry’s visit to the USA…
The photo above won the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year. It was photoshopped.
the event itself isn’t a fake — there are lots of other photos online that show the children being carried through the streets of Gaza — but the photo itself is almost certainly a composite of three different photos, with various regions spliced together from each of the images, and then further manipulation to illuminate the mourners’ faces.
-Jody, BL Show-
Another reminder to often take things with a grain of salt!
Unmetric studied 5,000 brands on Pinterest to find which boards generated the largest engagement in terms of followers, comments, likes, and repins. The most popular branded boards fell into categories that most interest Pinterest’s predominantly female users, such as fashion, home, and food. Click the image to see the full infographic.
The FJP: A Media Guide on Aging -
Recently came across this, a 2009 guide for media and advertising folks on how to avoid perpetuating ageism in the media, which is in itself a nuanced conversation. But it’s worth having a look at and thinking over for those who like to consume their media with wider, kinder, eyes. Here’s …
What Is Twerking? Maybe These Things, According To Anyone Over 20
Beyonce Knowles has banned press photographers from her ‘Mrs. Carter’ concert tour in an attempt to prevent unbecoming photos of herself from being used by the media. This appears to be a response to unflattering photos published by Gawker and Buzzfeed from the singer’s Superbowl performance.
Now, Beyonce’s personal photographer, Frank Micelotta, is the only one officially allowed to capture images of Beyonce during her concerts. The press is then given a link to an “official” website where they must register to download “approved” images.
In an article in Slate, Alyssa Rosenberg points out the quandary of celebrities censoring — or otherwise trying to completely control — their pictures:
“[Beyonce is] turning the media into a distribution machine for whatever message she wants to send, rather than accepting that others have the right to judge the tour, as a product she’s offering up.”
FJP: Pop stars aren’t the only ones practicing the dark arts of image control.
Earlier this winter Politico published an article about the Washington press corps’ frustration with their access to the White House. Part of that criticism was the Obama administration’s use of social media to bypass them with images and information posted directly to the public.
For example, the White House Flickr gallery is made up of photographs by Pete Souza, the official Obama administration photographer. Souza captures and even stages pictures of the president — like Obama’s moment of silence photo op held in honor of the Boston bombings — and many of those images have been used by the news media.
Is it acceptable that politicians can craft their own image, but not celebrities? And how authentic can journalism be if everyone gets their images from one, tightly controlled source?
Sort of related: Attorney, Carolyn E. Wright, points out in Slate’s Manners For The Digital Age podcast: if you’re in a publicly-accessible area, and you don’t have an expectation of privacy, you’re fair game to photographed.
Famous people, beware: as long as the media have their will, they’ll get you on camera their way — be you Obama, or be you Beyonce. — Krissy
Image: Beyonce from the Super Bowl, via Pocket-Lint.
Academy Award Winner Actor Adrien Brody Named as Judge of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition
Executive decision: White House Tumblr endorses hard ‘G’ for GIFs
The White House is headed to microblogging service Tumblr, and it promised in its announcement on Twitter that “there will be GIFs.” Not only that, but an administration-posted image offers an executive decision on one of the most bitterly debated issues in the history of the Internet: the pronunciation of GIF.
Read the complete story.
Tell us, Tumblr: How do you say ‘GIF’?
Our latest Internet report finds that the well-educated and the well-off are more likely than others to participate in civic life online – just as they have always been more likely to be active in politics and community affairs offline.
graph via Deseret News
Boston Magazine’s awesome May cover