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The revolution will not be shared


I think about alienation all the time. I think about it as I sit on the toilet and stare at my iPhone and ready essays about Greek anarchists. I think about it when I am at a concert and half the crowd is watching the show through a smartphone camera. I think about it as I click through the daily report of direct actions, memes, hip new music tracks, and global insurrections.

I could watch a YouTube clip of a city devastated in a nuclear blast and I don’t think it would affect me at all.

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Americans Listening to Playlists Over Albums, Study Finds

Playlists accounted for 31% of the total listening time across all demographics

More people in the U.S. listen to playlists than albums, according to a new study.

The results of the survey by consumer insight group LOOP (Lots of Online People), published by the Music Business Association, showed that playlists accounted for 31% of the total listening time across all demographics, whereas albums only constituted 22%.

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If The Characters Of “Friends” Had The Internet


Rachel would be your worst nightmare as a friend on Facebook, regularly changing her relationship status to “it’s complicated” — it’s not; her and Ross have just had a small argument — and humblebragging constantly.


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Joey would be a full-time Tinder player, although his charm wouldn’t come across through online messaging. He’d eventually delete the app after regularly stumbling across people he’s dated in the real world.


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The quintessential Pinterest user, Monica would spend her evenings obsessively organising her many created pinboards and occasionally criticising the boards of others.


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Ross would hate all social media but still have a LinkedIn profile because apparently “that doesn’t count”.


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An uploaded video of “Smelly Cat” on YouTube would go viral, although not as much as the Auto-Tuned version, which would make Phoebe internet famous. She’d continue posting videos and gain a small but devoted fandom on the site.


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Chandler would almost definitely have a Twitter account, where he’d be tweeting terrible, but very occasionally OK-ish puns to a decent follower count.


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Gunther made one post on Google+ in 2011. He still regularly checks to see if anyone’s responded to it yet.

BBCtrending: Pakistan’s ‘drunk mullah’

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A leading Islamic scholar in Pakistan who appeared to slur his words on live TV has become the subject of ridicule on social media.

When it comes to Islamic clerics in Pakistan, few are more senior than Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi. His opinion on Islamic scripture is sought by the nation’s lawmakers.

But this is a country where it is illegal for Muslims to drink alcohol, so it’s unsurprising that his apparently intoxicated appearance on a late night talk show has caused controversy.

He made a seemingly slurred speech criticizing the moral conduct of Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. As he spoke, one of the TV hosts visibly tried to hide his amusement.

The accusation that he was “drunk” came the next day, on social media. In Pakistan, where YouTube is officially banned, footage of the TV show soon appeared on Dailymotion, another video sharing website.

One clip alone has been viewed more than 290,000 times, and been shared more than 3,500 times on Facebook. There was outrage on social media.


“Drunk mullah on live TV and he gets away with it. The society is a joke,” said one tweet. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaidwrote: “What an interesting clip feat Maulana Ashrafi worth watching 2 understand #maulvis in #pakistan double standards.”

But there are signs the social media criticism of Ashrafi may have been orchestrated. Several Twitter users commenting on the video identified themselves as supporters of Imran Khan’s political party, the PTI, and others said they were members of the PAT, led by Sufi cleric Tahir ul-Qadri’s.

BBC Trending spoke to Dr Awab Alvi who is part of the PTI party’s social media team.


He admitted the party had made a deliberate social media effort to criticise Ashrafi. “The cleric used his mixed political and Islamic agenda to defame Imran Khan’s character,” he says, “he picked a raw nerve and we rubbed it in.”

But was Ashrafi really drunk? In an interview with BBC Trending, he denied having consumed alcohol and instead said he had been chewing paan, a traditional mixture of tobacco leaves.

He says he is being deliberately targeted because the PUC, a body of religious scholars that he chairs, opposes recent street protests by Khan and Qadri’s parties.

“I see political and religious propaganda behind the social media uproar,” he says. The incident continues to trend on social media, with internet memes showing paan-flavoured alcohol and film posters mocking his appearance.

Turkey unveils legislation to tighten control over internet

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS)

Turkey has pushed through new legislation that tightens government control over the internet – days after the country hosted the Internet Governance Forum, a high profile UN-backed gathering.

The measure is also part of the first legislative package since Recep Tayyip Erdogan, previously Turkey’s prime minister, succeeded Abdullah Gul as the country’s president last month and specifically reverses a compromise Mr Gul had thrashed out on internet controls.

Under the new legislation, proposed by Turkey’s ruling AK party and incorporated into an omnibus package that passed on early on Wednesday morning, the head of Turkey’s telecoms directorate will gain the power to block internet sites within four hours, ahead of a court decision.

Once the regulator has taken such a step on the grounds of national security, crime prevention or public order, it has 24 hours to seek a court order and the court a further 48 hours to decide whether to uphold the move.

“This is intensely problematic because based on this broad terminology a public servant will make the judgment to block access to websites,” said Yaman Akdeniz, a legal scholar who has fought the government on internet cases. “I find it incompatible with the constitution . . . This is a dubious power to give to a questionable public authority such as the telecoms directorate.”

The telecoms directorate, which is headed by a former Turkish intelligence officer, implemented bans on access to Twitter and YouTube this year, although both were later overturned by the country’s constitutional court. Mr Erdogan has already signalled plans to pass its duties over to MIT, Turkey’s intelligence agency.

The Turkish government, which earlier this year had to contend with a stream of internet leaks alleging corruption, argues the legislation is necessary to protect privacy.

“This provision is necessary for the protection of private life and also to act quickly against child porn, et cetera,” said an official. “Experts worked on many other options, but this was the best formula to protect the rights of our citizens.”

Such provisions were originally included in a controversial internet law passed this year, but, at the initiative of then-president Mr Gul, were later revised, requiring the telecoms directorate to obtain court authorisation first before blocking sites.

Zeynep Tufekci at the Centre for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University argued that the practical impact of the new legislation could be small, since the government would in any case find it easy to secure court orders to block sites.

But she underlined its symbolism, so soon after Mr Erdogan took office and after the Internet Governance Forum was held in Istanbul last week.

“Doing this straight after the Internet Governance Forum is telling the world and telling Gul we are going to do things our way,” she said. “It seems a pretty strong message that this is Erdogan’s way.”

The legislation would still have to be approved by Mr Erdogan before it can take effect.


Vice Media nears sale of stake to A&E


Vice Media is finalising the sale of a 10 per cent stake to A&E Networks, the cable television group jointly owned by Walt Disney and Hearst Corporation, in a deal valuing the digital media company at $2.5bn.

The sale could be announced as early as next week and comes after Vice and Time Warner ended talks on Friday over the purchase of a stake that would have valued the group at about $2bn.

The Vice Media app is demonstrated on an iPhone 5s in Washington.

A&E will pay $250m for 10 per cent, which represents a steep increase in Vice’s value. Last year it sold a 5 per cent stake to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for $70m, which then valued it at $1.4bn.

Vice operates a global network of online channels covering news, sport, technology and music. It has offices in 36 countries, a branding agency and an unconventional style – it took the former basketball star Dennis Rodman to North Korea to meet Kim Jong Un – which it blends with more serious reports from world hotspots.

Vice has become a sprawling media company with multiple digital video channels and an HBO series.

It produces a news magazine show for HBO, Time Warner’s premium cable channel, and recently won plaudits for a series of hard-hitting online video reports from a journalist embedded with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant .

The company has built a large audience of younger, so-called “millennial” viewers, which have increased the company’s appeal to older, more traditional media groups. Mr Murdoch is among its fans and once tweeted that the company was a “wild, interesting effort to interest millennials who don’t watch or read established media”.

Vice will produce digital and cable programming for A&E as part of the deal but it will not currently take over any of the running of any of the company’s cable channels, which had been part of its negotiations with Time Warner , according to people briefed on the negotiations.

The latest deal was negotiated between Nancy Dubuc, president of A&E Networks, and Vice.

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“It’s a great deal for us,” said Shane Smith, Vice’s chief executive. “It means we can preserve our independence and it gives us a war chest for another three years of dramatic growth.”

A&E specialises in reality fare such as Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars and Epic Ink, but also produces drama series like Bates Motel.

Vice started life as a Canadian punk magazine, founded by Mr Smith and two friends in 1994.

Time Warner Won’t Be Investing In Vice After All, But A&E Will

It expanded globally over the next decade and in the past few years led a push into online video, encouraged by Spike Jonze, the film director who is a long-time friend of Mr Smith, and Tom Freston, a former chief executive of Viacom who joined the Vice board.

Mr Smith once said he wanted Vice “to be the next MTV, ESPN and CNN rolled into one”. Its online channels are among the most popular on YouTube, held up by the video site in presentations to advertisers as an example of how brands can connect with audiences online:

YouTube recently ran a television and print campaign singling out Vice News, one of the media company’s new ventures.

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