On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Facebook was the No. 1 most-visited website in the U.S. for the first time. Observers say Facebook is the new Christmas Card. Also from HuffPo: Terrorist Watch List is Like MySpace; It's There, But No One Checks it Anymore...
NPR Summer Jam ::: Interesting but biased piece airing across NPR (but, like so many of these reports, it comes from one individual's interpretation of pop music) about songs that "takeover" the airwaves and the imagination (and the digital downloads) during Summer months in the USA. But go to New York City, Chicago or L.A. and the people there would laugh at this ridiculous report! Especially :::
(1) Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" was played by so many people so many times, an argument could be made that it was the summer jam of both 2001 and 2002. D'oh - Not around my neck of the woods! (2) Rihanna in the video for "Umbrella" — the summer jam of the decade. HARDLY!!!! Vitamin C's "Graduation Song" trumps everything else as "summer jam of the decade" with cross-appeal across the lines of age and race! BETTER CHOICE ::: The decade in music (nice retrospective from USA Today on the rise of digital, the fall of record companies)
Seeking greater social inclusion through new communication technologies is a strategy with a long and accomplished history that has persisted through waves of new inventions including the telegraph, radio, television, satellite, and of course, the Internet. But has any "communication for social inclusion" project been as successful as hip-hop? Just ask the bloggers from Rising Voices citizen media projects.
Reader "bil" passes along his BLOGGER's RESOLUTION FOR 2010 ::: PAY NO ATTENTION TO THOSE OVERBLOWN, OVERRATED SOCIAL MARKETING AND SELF-PROCLAIMED BLOGGING "EXPERTS" with fancy-shmacy websites. The word "Agenda" comes to mind.Will RUSH LIMBAUGH be the last celebrity claimed by 2009? CLOSE but no cigar?
Gawker unveils Sarah Palin's list of BANNED BLOGGERS.
So, not READY for 2010? Maybe you need a PLAN, man!
Actor Michael Cera, profiled in New York Magazine, reminds me of the kid in the 1980s UTFO video Beats And Rhymes...
Internet Squelching::: Following the blocking of veteran Internet essayist He Caitou's (@hecaitou) two longstanding blogs hecaitou.net and caobian.info on December 25, renowned columnist Lian Yue (@lianyue) had yet another one of his blogs, lianyue.net, blocked on the 29th; late on the evening of December 30, Peking University new media associate professor Hu Yong (@huyong) discovered his independent blog, yong.hu, has also become inaccessible from mainland China.
William Andrews at the Tokyo Art Beat blog reviews the Tokyo art scene for the past year