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China’s Top 15 Social Networks. China’s social networking landscape is diverse and thriving.
No single player is nearly as dominant as Facebook in the U.S. and there’s a long tail of networks for different users (urban and rural) and different purposes (social, dating, and games). Here is China’s SNS universe for the top 7 sites. Club Kids: The Social Life of Artists on Facebook. Facebook is the platform on which our generation negotiates its artists’ respective brands and the tenuous connections between them.
Facebook is tactically governed by a kind of silent populism– the subtle linking of identities through ‘Likes’, ‘Shares’, and brief but favorable commentary. Silence, in this case, is fitting because the formation of social ties is a gradual process on the part of the Facebook viewer, who accumulates an understanding of which artists are in lockstep with whoever else through incremental calculations based on memory, viewership, and discussion. The murky edges of who is in what clique form over time and are highly permeable.
This is unlike the directly communicative methods of OWS, for instance, where the decisions and allegiances of a group are established directly and necessitate the simultaneous participation of all in a single moment. 8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance. July 31, 2011 | Like this article?
Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Mos Def in New Orleans Part 1. Thug Kitchen. SACSIS.org.za » News » The World » Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not. Picture credit: may15internationalorganization.blogspot An Italian radio program's story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world.
Americans may remember that at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland literally went bankrupt. The reasons were mentioned only in passing, and since then, this little-known member of the European Union fell back into oblivion. As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Police Pepper Spray Peaceful UC Davis Students. London Riots. (The BBC will never replay this. Send it out) Money As Debt-Full Length Documentary. Black Slaves, Red Masters Part 1. Bill would encourage foreigners to buy U.S. homes. Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles — American consumers and the federal government haven't been able to bail out the sinking U.S. real estate market.
Now wealthy Chinese, Canadians and other foreign buyers could get their chance. Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would allow foreigners who spend at least $500,000 on residential property to obtain visas allowing them to live in the United States. The plan could be a boon to California, which has become a popular real estate market for foreigners, particularly those from China. Nationwide, residential sales to foreigners and recent immigrants totaled $82 billion in the 12-month period ended March 31, up from $66 billion the previous year, according to the National Assn. of Realtors. California accounted for 12% of those sales, second only to Florida.