on May 29, 2014
I love the band X. In the '70s and '80s, these California punk rock icons inspired many young people like myself, and I’ve always especially admired lead singer Exene Cervenka. But I noticed something distressing over the past few months. She's calling herself a “Conspiracy Therapist” on Twitter, writing some disturbing tweets, and posting videos like The Blunt Truth about The Trayvon Martin Case. (Which essentially complained that the uproar over that case belittled all the other terrible things happening in the world. Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on May 29, 2014
Shortly after the news broke out that Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree targeting young women who'd rejected his advances at UCSB, many outraged Twitter users responded with stories of their own—stories about assault, discrimination, and pain.
Given the history of Twitter activism, I wasn't surprised that the tragedy generated this much discussion. Since hashtags make Twitter uniquely equipped for organizing, it was pretty evident that the backlash against the shooting would come via hashtag. Read More
on May 26, 2014
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, oh my! SO MUCH SOCIAL MEDIA DEDICATED TO BABIES! I don’t know about you, but if I see one more baby picture on my newsfeed I might just go crazy. For some reason, mothers feel the need to document EVERY LITTLE THING that their precious little larvae humans do (clearly, I’m the motherly type). Read More
BY Claire Filipek
on May 23, 2014
M.I.A released an uncensored music video for her song “Double Bubble Trouble” off her 2013 LP Matangi. She directed the video herself, but let her fans know via Twitter that her label was holding up its release.
Soon after the tweet, M.I.A took matters into her own hands and uploaded the video herself.
Universal Music Group obviously did not okay this move and the video was blocked within minutes, as UMG cited copyright infringement.
A few angry tweets from supportive fans later and M.I.A’s “problems at the internet” seem to have been solved. Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on May 21, 2014
Beyoncé is the definition of famous. She's loved and praised by pretty much everyone that walks the earth--well, that assuming The Beygency captures all the haters.
And except for a recent incident involving her sister Solange and Jay Z, Queen B. has managed to keep her personal life out of the papers. In fact, she always seems to beat the paparazzi to the punch by either releasing a public statement, or spontaneously making a documentary about herself.
Beyoncé's rabid fans revere her for her astounding singing/performing, her poise, and her ridiculous good looks. Read More