Who needs American Idle when you’ve got the viral power of the Internet. Those of you reading this post who have not yet seen the Chinese Backstreet Boys, as they have come to be known, may well be in minority at this point. This lip syncing video has struck a chord with millions of viewers. And as we’ve seen with things like JibJab’s This Land or The Star Wars Kid, cultural phenomenon spread with lightening speed on the Internet. I am sure these two Chinese teenagers had no idea how popular their lip syncing video would become. Yet, like the winners of American Idol, fame has turned into money for these instant celebrities. Check out this Motorola commercial they have recently recorded and is now playing in the Chinese market. Just another example of the powerful cultural filter that is the unfettered Internet.
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In 2008, Patricia Zougheib was at work in Beirut, Lebanon, when she came across a video of Jill Bolte Taylor describing her own stroke. She was awed, and Googled the three red letters she noticed in the background—T-E-D. “I started watching one talk after the other,” she says, “and I got hooked, big-time.” For a […]
A giant step backward: Fellows Friday with Nitin Rao, who speaks out on India’s recriminalizing of homosexuality
In a major setback last week for the LGBT community, an Indian Supreme Court ruling upheld Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code — a 153-year-old law criminalizing gay sex. This act overturned a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that this should not apply to consensual acts and, essentially, recriminalized homosexuality. While the Indian government […]