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It’s time to Regulate ‘The Greatest Propaganda Machine In History’ — Social Media

Zuckerberg at Facebook, Sundar Pichai at Google, at its parent company Alphabet, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Brin’s ex-sister-in-law, Susan Wojcicki at YouTube and Jack Dorsey at Twitter. The Silicon Six — all billionaires, all Americans — who care more about boosting their share price than about protecting democracy. This is ideological imperialism — six unelected individuals in Silicon Valley imposing their vision on the rest of the world, unaccountable to any government and acting like they’re above the reach of law. It’s like we’re living in the Roman Empire, and Mark Zuckerberg is Caesar. At least that would explain his haircut.

Read Here – The Times of Israel

Looking Back At 2013

With 2013 approaching termination, it may be a good time to review the five most portentous events and developments of the year.

Read Here – The National Interest

Converting Economic Supremacy Into Cultural Dominance

Unless you’ve been on a different planet for the past 3 months, or don’t have children, you would know what I am referring to when I say ‘Gangnam Style’. PSY, and his catchy tune, is an international phenomenon that, through the power of You Tube, has reached virtually every computer screen and living room in the world. It is the first video ever to have been viewed over, a staggering, one billion times.

The idea of a South Korean pop artist having the entire world singing along and dancing to a song in Korean seemed unthinkable until the latter part of 2012. In fact, the idea of people on the other side of the world singing and dancing to songs they don’t understand has always been a privilege reserved for English language-speaking music artists.

Read Here – The Commentator

Social Media Is No Longer The Domain Of Solely The Left, Liberal Youth, But Instead Empower Different Agendas

As the networked world of the internet makes that which is distant seem very local, reality can be both distorted and amplified. The unfortunate “Innocence of Muslims” video served as a catalyst for the dissatisfaction felt by many toward American support of Arab nations.

Yet this would not have occurred without the ability to spread video through YouTube and Vimeo, and the ways by which the mainstream media and fringe element together in the Arab world decided to popularise a slanderous piece of media that would not have been able to travel the way it did in a pre-internet world.

Read Here – Aljazeera

Cultural Technology And The Making Of K-pop (South Korea Flexes Its Soft Power, And How…)

It was five o’clock on a Sunday in May, two hours before showtime, but already thousands of K-pop fans had flooded the concrete playa outside the Honda Center, a large arena in Anaheim, California. Tonight’s performers were among the biggest pop groups in South Korea—shinee, f(x), Super Junior, EXO, TVXQ!, and Girls’ Generation. In the United States, Korean pop music exists almost exclusively on YouTube, in videos like “Gangnam Style,” by Park Jae-sang, the rapper known as PSY, which recently went viral. The Honda Center show was a rare chance for K-pop fans to see the “idols,” as the performers are called, in the flesh.

Read Here – The New Yorker

It’s Time For Internet Giants To Explain When Censorship Is And Isn’t OK.

In 2006 Egyptian human rights activist Wael Abbas posted a video online of police sodomizing a bus driver with a stick, leading to the rare prosecution of two officers. Later, Abbas’s YouTube account was suddenly suspended because he had violated YouTubes guidelines banning “graphic or gratuitous violence.” YouTube restored the account after human rights groups informed its parent company Google that Abbas’s posts were a virtual archive of Egyptian police brutality and an essential tool for reform. After the Abbas case, Google concluded that some graphic content is too valuable to be suppressed, even where it is most likely to offend.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

The Verdict That Shook Iran And Europe

They say a good news story is like an onion. The more one peels it, the newer and fresher are the layers that surface. If depth and longevity are the gold standards for a news story, then the assassinations of four Iranian opposition members at the Mykonos Restaurant in Berlin in September 1992 surpasses that standard. That story is more like a cluster bomb: 20 years later, it continues to explode. The verdict that was issued in Germany five years after the killings, and the subsequent decision by the European Union to cut ties with Tehran in 1997, achieved what perpetual threats of war have not.

Read Here – Reuters

Foreign Ministries Are Getting The Hang Of Social Media

MINUTES after last week’s violent attacks on America’s missions in the Middle East, the country’s embassy in Cairo was already on Twitter. It tweeted an emergency number for American citizens. It criticised Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood for supporting the protests on their Arabic feed. And it thanked fellow tweeters for their condolences on the murder of the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

Welcome to the new world of e-diplomacy, also called, more pretentiously, “21st-century-statecraft”. Historically, governments left diplomacy to the cagey and the discreet, who mostly met behind closed doors. Now they are also using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and local social-media services such as China’s microblogging site, Sina Weibo.

Read Here – The Economist

Reality: From Cairo Street Protests To The Afghan War, The West Has Underestimated The Unbending Force Of Muslim Rage

During the Cold War, two blocs of nations stood ranged against one another in an easily comprehended conflict between two economic and political systems. In our age, the fault-lines are not so easily detected. Warfare is frequently asymmetric. The proximate causes of battle are often hyper-local, tribal and sectarian. The threads that link one to the other are not always easy to detect.

Read Here – London Evening Standard

How Facebook Can Still Rule the Internet Economy

The unrelenting negative reports about Facebook Inc. (FB) are enough to rattle even the true believers among us. Yet it would be premature to despair over the company’s long-term viability and health. Facebook is still potentially the most valuable information-based business. It had 955 million monthly active users at the end of June, and benefits from a tremendous amount of attention.


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Read Here – Bloomberg

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