Posts tagged social media
"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.

"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.

Are you legendary on LinkedIn, a prodigy on Pinterest, talented on Twitter and fabulous on Facebook? If your friends ask you to “teach them Twitter” and their jaws drop when you’re done, we want YOU!
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.

Lay off the Social Media Experts | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.http://www.betabeat.com/2012/02/21/lay-off-the-social-media-experts/

stryker:

rickwebb:

rachelfershleiser:

rickwebb:

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.

We can now see how social media has become the battlefield of a new war for freedom of speech.
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.

2105:

“Facebook’s version of autobiography is very specific. It is data-driven. It is simple: Alexis likes the iPad. Alexis eats a hamburger. Alexis reads The Innovator’s Cookbook. It is a ranked, chronological database of a life. It is technically complex but grammatically simple. It is multimedia, but not rich. It is autobiography without aesthetic effort. It is a story without words.”

Alexis Madrigal | Facebook Timeline: Putting the Auto in Autobiography  (via courtenaybird)

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Newsweek: Social Media Intern Wanted!http://newsweek.tumblr.com/post/9335853282

shortformblog:

newsweek:

Hey guys! Want to join the team behind nwk tumblr? We’re hiring a social media intern and would love to recruit from our follower pool. Here’s the full listing. We promise this will be a fun, and educational, internship. (And it’s a paid position, based out of our offices in sunny New York…

As you might have noticed, Newsweek has waaaaaay more fun on Tumblr than the rest of the sites out there. You’re reading this; you probably get social media! So … hinthintnudgenudge.

Thanks guys, we really do. Look, here’s a cat on a bicycle!

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