Maybe as a response to Kobe’s mid-game gay slur, maybe as a response to Suns CEO, Rick Welts, coming out, the NBA has launched a new PR campaign. “Think B4 You Speak” aims to “raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behavior in Americas schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of homophobic language in an effort to create a more positive environment for LGBT teens.”
Here’s their first PSA:
Another inspirational video from TED. American Composer, Eric Whitacre, shares the story behind his “Virtual Choir” project.
Props to the editor and audio engineer on the finished piece!
Full article here: http://dlvr.it/LrHGd
Acclaimed social thinker and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell continues to assert that as far as promoting activism goes, social media is not the powerful tool it’s cracked up to be. Despite recent reports that rebels in both Egypt and Tunisia relied heavily on Facebook and Twitter to communicate, Gladwell believes that the websites offer little more value than that:
I mean, in cases where there are no tools of communication, people still get together. So I don’t see that as being… in looking at history, I don’t see the absence of efficient tools of communication as being a limiting factor on the ability of people to socially organize.
Gladwell goes on to point out that social media tools might actually be detrimental to revolutions in that they offer totalitarian governments the opportunity to “spy” on demonstrators.
I have to say, I’m a Malcolm Gladwell fan. I’ve read The Tipping Point and Blink and enjoyed them both. If we were not in the midst of working on a documentary that surveys the power of the Internet as a collaborative tool, I might have to agree with Gladwell. But right now, I still think I’d have to side with Clay Shirky.
Posted by @tsweens:
I’m happy to say that I’ve spoken to strangers on the subway more than a handful of times. I dare you to try it next time you ride!