FYI: We’re on Instagram now! Follow us: @newsweek. This week we’re sharing a series of photos taken by Brendan Hoffman (Prime Collective) on the ground in Kiev, Ukraine.
"Jihad is the best tourism," a young Dutchman who calls himself Chechclear posted on his Tumblr. He was riding a camel, grinning, his face filtered into an Instagram haze. Chechclear is one of an estimated 1,700 Europeans fighting in Syria. He’s part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which Al-Qaeda has just officially disowned, and seems to be having the time of his life. He documents his adventure for adoring fans across several social media platforms.
This is the reality of modern jihad, where the faithful chronicle their response to the cause in real time. But if Europeans like Chechclear are living out their Call of Duty fantasies, they do it at the expense of Syrian lives. In the territory it holds in Syria’s North, ISIS is imposing its harsh interpretation of sharia law with torture and beheadings. Its Western fighters are tweeting selfies in the ruins.
In Syria, the battle for territory waged on the ground is matched by a battle for meaning waged on the Internet. Whether they’re Kurds carving out an independent state, revolutionaries or TEDx organizers sympathetic to Assad, Syrians use Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to tell their stories. It’s contested ground, filled with both propaganda and truth. Posting can be deadly. Both the Assad regime and ISIS target citizen journalists for arrest. In the embattled Lebanese city of Tripoli, I interviewed an aid worker who, at the start of the revolution, smuggled memory cards over the border that contained footage of demonstrations. Once he was in Lebanon, he’d upload the footage to Facebook. Assad had blocked access to the Internet once. Activists were terrified he’d do it again.
We’re not sure what’s going on but this appears to be a listing for social media stars to come live in a mansion in Miami and show their stuff help what is happening.
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When we heard (on this live stream, that’s currently off the air) that some May Day protesters started marching toward a Chipotle in midtown, we thought we’d give them a heads-up. Hopefully they’re making some burritos, because the picketers aren’t super happy with some of their political decisions that we believe have to do with immigrant hiring practices.
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I mean “lay off” as in “lay off, man, quit harshing my gig” and not “fire.” It’s a double entendre, designed to rope in the skeptical reader. Wink wink.
I wonder, actually, if this whole “social media experts are dumb” thing is some sort of tech cultural self resentment complex. It’s a thing I do, and it’s easy for me, so it’s worthless and anyone that does that for a living is dumb or evil.
But you know what? Love yourself! That thing you know, it’s really hard! It really is! It’s a skill. There are people that don’t have it. It’s okay to be good at it!
I think the issue is with the Porn-Star-like job-title dichotomy. Can there just be social media professionals with various levels of knowledge, or does every single person in the field need to be a self-proclaimed Expert?
But no one really calls themselves an expert, though, do they? I mean I’m sure someone does, but I can’t recall ever seeing it in a title or on a business card. It’s more of a subversive pejorative than an actual title, no?
I’ve always preferred “sexpert.”
In the present, we’ll all be experts for an immeasurable amount of seconds.
Maxim Goncharov, a senior threat researcher, who observed a shadowy campaign of “pro-Kremlin tweets that appear to have been sent by countless Twitter bots” in the wake of the Russian protests.
Stephen Colbert on CNN’s firing of approximately 50 journalists after the network completed a study on the quality of user generated content it was receiving via platforms such as iReport.
Colbert nails it. You savvy kids and your social tumblin’ are gonna be the death of us all.
We teamed up with media analytics firm OhMyGov to see who’s winning the social media primary for the GOP nomination. Lessons learned: Newt’s hanging with ghosts, Herman Cain tweets a lot, and Rick Santorum needs some friends.