By Karen Fricker Theatre Critic Tues., April 17, 2018 Two theatre productions opening in Toronto in the next several weeks revolve around the topical themes of young people, social media, consent and shaming. Evan Placey’s Girls Like That, playing at Tarragon Theatre, follows a group of teenage female friends after a naked photo of one of their classmates goes viral on social media. And in Christine Quintana’s Selfie at Young People’s Theatre, a difficult situation between three high school friends around a sexual encounter gets even more complicated when one of them posts about it on Instagram. Curious about what led the writers to take on this material, I met them for a dual interview at Tarragon, where Quintana, a Vancouverite, is spending the year on an Urjo Kareda emerging artist residency. Placey, who’s based in London, U.K., is visiting his native Toronto for the Tarragon run of Girls. Placey was inspired to write his play, a … [Read more...] about When it comes to social media shaming we are all complicit, playwrights say
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By John Terauds Special to the Star Mon., April 2, 2018 International classical violin stars can have fun on social media, too. Taiwanese-born violinist Ray Chen, who just turned 29, is one of the It boys of the international classical concert circuit. He also manages to find time to create his own YouTube videos and Instagram posts. The music, like the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Max Bruch that he will perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this week, is serious. The social media posts are lighthearted. Often, they’re laugh-out-loud funny. Read more: 10 game-changing pieces of music Article Continued Below Classical music is experimenting with ways to attract patrons Classical music has always enabled bad behaviour. It’s time for that to change “I have a natural tendency to want to entertain people: to make people smile, to make people laugh, to make people happy,” he says over the phone from a café in Stuttgart, … [Read more...] about It boy of classical music embraces social media to lighten up the genre
When it comes to social media penetration in daily life, a majority of Americans are hooked on Facebook and YouTube but millennials prefer photo-sharing platforms Snapchat and Instagram, a new survey has revealed. According to the Pew Research Centre, 68 percent of all Americans use Facebook and three-quarters of that access the social media platform on a daily basis. Nearly 74 percent of adults use YouTube and 94 percent of young users visit YouTube on their computers or smartphones. With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook. "Younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out for embracing a variety of platforms and using them frequently. Some 78 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds use Snapchat, and a sizeable majority of these users (71 percent) visit the platform multiple times per day," the findings showed. Similarly, 71 percent of Americans in this age group now use Instagram and close to half … [Read more...] about Facebook, YouTube dominate social media use in US
A police captain wearing only half of his uniform, with jeans, at a road checkpoint in Mukdahan, draws laughter from passing motorists. (Photo taken from Sudawan Thongsang's Facebook page) A police captain photographed wearing a uniform shirt with jeans and brown suede shoes at a road checkpoint in Mukdahan province has explained he had been on a plainclothes assignment and was interrupted changing into his uniform. The officer was spotted by motorists passing through the checkpoint in this northeastern province on Thursday. A woman took photos of him from her vehicle and posted them on her Facebook page. The images were quickly shared online and drew many comments from netizens, who mostly gave him laugh stickers. The Royal Thai Police Office social media centre said on its Facebook page on Friday that the officer was based at Nong Sung Tai police station. Pol Lt Col Uthai Pengtham, acting chief of the station, explained that the police captain was assigned to duty at the … [Read more...] about Cop in partial uniform draws laughs on social media
Ever since the 2016 US presidential election, with its revelations about Russian meddling, European officials have been on the lookout for similar attacks. But Europeans aren’t the only ones paying attention. So, too, are China’s leaders, who are considering what they might learn from the Kremlin’s successes. For Chinese President Xi Jinping, maintaining domestic stability is a top priority, a point underscored by the country’s annual budget for internal security. At well over US$100 billion, the official number is low. Like defence outlays, the real number is much higher, owing to hidden spending, including on research and development.For example, China is exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) and big data can be used to monitor everything from social media to credit-card spending, and it plans to assign all citizens a social-reliability rating to weed out potential troublemakers. The regime’s Orwellian strategy is focused squarely on social media … [Read more...] about Will China weaponise social media?