Archive for November, 2010

November 2, 2010

San Francisco Riot Sets Twitter On Fire

“Using Twitter to track a rioting city. Traditional media just died,” posted emilyhku to Twitter following the San Francisco Giants World Series victory, using the hash tag “sfriot”. This witty musing on the nature of the ever changing American media landscape however came just 5 minutes after sac news wire Tweeted that “multiple people [were] struck by gun fire,” reflecting the theme among the voices pulsating from The City of San Francisco police Scanner, made available by Itunes, as down town San Francisco was speckled with riots last night.

Although Twitter has emerged as an up to the second news source in the age of new, or digital media, hailed by many as the key to future “citizen journalism,” the difference in the comments via Twitter and the comments made by SFPD during “the riot” shows disconnect between the events that transpired and the reporting done online.

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November 1, 2010

The Sage of CNN Visits USF

Larry Woods is a delightful old man full of insight and experience. He speaks with the charming southern drawl reserved for a character in a John Ford film. His droopy and bespectacled eyes show the sweetness of age like ripe California grapes.
Larry Woods is likeable. Simple as that. But God Almighty is he a show off.
Like the time he gave Hunter S. Thompson a rifle lesson on the gonzo journalists own property.
Thompson woke up kinda late; around three in the afternoon, as woods says he would often do during the interview. Holding a jug of scotch on his right shoulder and a rifle in his left hand, Thompson asked Woods if he felt like shooting.

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November 1, 2010

Wanna See My Silly Band?

        When I was 15 years old, Lance Armstrong was arguably the most popular athlete in the world. This was only partly due to the fact he had won four straight Tour De France Championships and more to do with the thick yellow bands made by Nike with the word Livestrong etched on one side. A campaign as much for cancer awareness as it was for Armstrong, sort of a masculine counterpart to the pink ribbon.

        At the time I was playing AAU basketball with the Albany City Rocks, the only travel basketball team in upstate New York sponsored by Nike. The shoe company gave us sneakers, bags, and tee shirts to wear on our trips to tournaments and while in Orlando, Florida, for the AAU national tournament, our coach bought everyone on the team a yellow Livestrong band.

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