CNET: Taylor Swift named ‘most influential’ person on Twitter in 2018. “Taylor Swift is the most influential person on Twitter this year, despite only tweeting 13 times. Social media analysis company Brandwatch released on Wednesday its annual lists of the top 10 most influential women and top 10 most influential men on Twitter. With an ‘influencer score’ of 98 points out of a possible 100, Swift is the outright winner. “
The Verge: How an Instagram conversation led to a firestorm in China. “Racist Instagram exchanges have gone viral in China, despite the platform being blocked. A Dolce & Gabbana fashion show has been apparently canceled in China as hordes of online users accuse the brand of racism. First denounced by famous actors including Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the brand pulled its Shanghai fashion show last night after a dozen models left, and now, online platforms like Net-A-Porter and Alibaba’s Taobao have swiftly stopped carrying its wares in China.”
Quartz: Martha Stewart’s Personal Instagram Account Is The Ultimate #Realstagram. “It’s so un-Martha-esque that commenters regularly post asking if the account is real or a joke. But MarthaStewart48 is the real Martha, and her posts suggest she is completely oblivious to any strategies for maximizing her online audience. She just posts what she cares about, whether or not they fit her #brand: her cat’s x-rays; a trio of posts documenting a red tail stuck behind a fence; flooding from a Connecticut river (her friend Doug lost his BMW, she writes); whatever her 2018 Halloween costume was. Her photos are often blurry or unflattering, and her captions inscrutable or borderline offensive.”
New York Times: Louis Armstrong’s Life in Letters, Music and Art. “For his entire adult life, away from the spotlight, Armstrong amassed a huge trove of personal writings, recordings and artifacts. But until this month, you would have had to travel far into central Queens to find them. Now anyone can access them. Thanks to a $3 million grant from the Fund II Foundation — run by Robert F. Smith, the wealthiest African-American — the Louis Armstrong House Museum has digitized the entire collection he left behind and made it available to the public.”
Discover Magazine: A Peek at the Real Neil Armstrong. “‘First Man’ gave us a look at a side of Neil Armstrong we don’t see too often, focusing on the family side of his life over the science element, but even that only gave us a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes home and family life of the notoriously stoic first man on the Moon. Now, the brand new Armstrong-Engel Family Gallery has published personal, never-before-seen images of Neil and his family beginning in 1955 during his Edwards days gong all the way to 1969 and the Moon landing.”
Google Blog: HRH The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday: Art, Culture, Heritage. “On the occasion of The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday on November 14th, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with Clarence House and ten charities connected to The Prince to unveil a new online initiative that documents The Prince’s extraordinary life and support for art and cultural heritage in Britain and around the world. With input and insights from The Royal Collection Trust, The Prince’s Foundation, Turquoise Mountain Trust and The Royal Drawing School among others, The Charities of The Prince of Wales provides unique and exclusive access to many of the curators, custodians and artists associated with The Prince of Wales.” I can’t quote everything mentioned in this blog post. It’s extensive.
The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday. “In urgent appeal has been launched to save a huge archive of photographs depicting Venice in its post-war, Dolce Vita heyday, when the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square were frequented by the likes of Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren. The archive of more than 320,000 photographs, amassed by a now defunct Italian photography agency called CameraPhoto, depicts world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II, as well as artists such as Dali and Picasso and the American poet Ezra Pound.”