MANILA -- Why are you not on social media? I asked Erwin Romulo not so long ago. He raised his shoulders and made a twisting motion in his mouth, as if saying, “Why not?” He was taking a shot of potent lambanog (coconut vodka) with visual artist Romeo Lee and we were sitting on monobloc chairs before a gallery that had Lee’s latest works. Romulo goes by many descriptions that fit the term multi-hyphenate. He is writer-editor-film music scorer-video director-producer-composer-newspaper columnist and everything in between. In the age of influencers and instant celebrities, Romulo is not the type who flaunts his achievements. And they are many and would trigger envy. He and Lee were inviting passers-by, mostly familiar faces, to take a swig, like in a neighborhood sari-sari store in the countryside before the government’s crackdown on tambays. But we’re not anywhere near a sari-sari store. It was mid-afternoon at Art in the Park in Makati City and … [Read more...] about News Why Erwin Romulo is not on social media
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In traditionally and still pervasively male-dominated Araby, a young Kuwaiti beauty influencer named Sondos Al Qattan is an outlier of sorts. She has 2.3 million followers on Instagram. In today’s interconnected world, that is power, even by Nefertiti’s standards. So, when she brought this power to bear on her own government, the world noticed. Too bad for women empowerment in this bellwether region, it was for all the wrong reasons. In an Arabic video post translated into English by an Istanbul-based news outfit, she fulminated, in so many words, against the Kuwait government’s new policy to let Filipino domestic workers keep their passports. And, worst, to enjoy a weekly day-off. Kuwaiti social media star slams day off grant for OFWs "If they ran away and went back to their country, who'll refund me? Honestly, I disagree with this law. I don't want a Filipino maid anymore," she said. This is not much different from the case of the European colonizers … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Why we might need to thank this social media influencer
source Evgeny Belikov/Strelka Institute/Flickr Frequent social media use and screen time have been portrayed as universally bad for our health. However, a lot of research on this phenomenon has been characterized by poorly done studies and bad science. The vast majority of evidence suggests that our smartphones are not uniformly harmful, and in some cases, they may be a force for good. This is an installment of Business Insider’s “Your Brain on Apps” series that investigates how addictive apps can influence behavior. True story: I once walked headfirst into a pole on my way home from work. I can’t blame the darkness (the sun had only just begun to set), and I can’t blame my vision (I’d recently gotten new glasses). But I can blame my iPhone, whose vibration had lured me into staring at its crisp bright screen. The text I was … [Read more...] about There’s no solid evidence that people get addicted to social media — and using it could actually be beneficial
Mr Bertoli says social media platforms provide unprecedented levels of access. Social media is transforming how businesses communicate and engage with customers in Thailand, says Marketbuzzz, a mobile market researcher. Social media has become a major part of everyday life. Often these platforms get a reputation for simply being used to share food choices or selfies, and the usage numbers show that Thailand's social media ecosystem has one of the highest usage rates in the world. Yet there has been limited understanding of the importance and the role it plays as a catalyst for business. Marketbuzzz's study in Thailand demonstrated that irrespective of the size of the business, everyone is using social media to market and sell directly to consumers. There are also a growing number of businesses using social media to engage directly with consumers. From platforms that are ubiquitous, like Facebook, YouTube and Line, to the less hyped but no less important platforms like LinkedIn and … [Read more...] about Thais harnessing 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?