Traffic to Vox’s website and social media platforms has soared following the recent elections in Andalusia, where the far-right party garnered 10.97% of the votes and 12 seats in the regional parliament. Their Instagram account depicts the world in terms of good people and bad people César Calderón, political consultant There are three individuals between the ages of 23 and 26 who are largely responsible for the fact that Vox’s Twitter, Facebook and particularly Instagram accounts have started attracting huge numbers: a journalist, a sociologist and a broadcast studies undergraduate who were hired between 2016 and 2018 to pump up the party’s online profile. “There’s no longer any trust in the press,” says Manuel Mariscal, head of the party’s online accounts. “We are turning into our own communications channel.” This is nothing new. It is a tried-and-tested populist strategy that proved effective in getting Donald … [Read more...] about How Spain’s far-right Vox created a winning social media strategy
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The life of a YouTuber is a mystical one. There’s a whole generation of people who started vlogging in their bedrooms a few years ago and have turned it into fully-fledged careers with product lines and advertising incomes, à la Zoella. Earlier this year when YouTube was digging into the data of its most-viewed accounts from the UK it found that the number one most-viewed female on the platform was Dua Lipa. This makes sense: the singer is a global superstar with songs like ‘Be The One’ and ‘IDGAF’ under her belt. The second most-viewed female YouTuber from the UK might surprise you. No, it wasn’t another singing sensation but gamer LDShadowLady, a 26-year-old called Lizzie who is based in the North of England. We caught up with Lizzie to find out what life is like at the top of the YouTube game, and how platforms like hers can make gaming more inclusive for women. Meet LDShadowLady, UK’s top female YouTube gamer … [Read more...] about LDShadowLady: behind the camera of UK’s top female YouTube gamer
PewDiePie's reign as the world's most popular YouTuber looks about to end, after a channel based in India achieved enormous growth in recent months. The T-Series YouTube channel began uploading videos in 2010, sharing music videos and film trailers with its subscribers. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, became the number one YouTube channel in 2013 after amassing more than 14 million subscribers. This has since risen to 67 million subscribers, and has remained easily its popular star. But with 66 million subscribers and counting, T-Series is projected to overtake PewDiePie's subscriber count in the coming weeks. What is T-Series? The T-Series YouTube channel describes itself as India's largest music label and movie studio, which "believes in bringing world close together through its music [sic]". Its uploads are mostly music videos from a range of different, popular artists in India. The growth of the channel has coincided with the … [Read more...] about PewDiePie is about to be dethroned as the most popular YouTube channel
YouTube star and vlogger John Bain has died at the age of 33. The game critic was better known under his online aliases: TotalBiscuit and CynicalBrit. He was best known for the YouTube videos in which he reviewed and discussed games. On that same channel he had documented his long battle with cancer. He retired from gaming criticism earlier this year, when he announced that treatment was no longer effective. Gadgets and tech news in pictures + show all Gadgets and tech news in pictures 1/43 Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. Jet Capsule/Cover Images 2/43 A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore Getty Images 3/43 A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in … [Read more...] about TotalBiscuit death: YouTube star and gamer John Bain dies aged 33
It was never particularly complicated. All Mohammad El Hindawi wanted for his family was a reprieve from the bedbugs afflicting his children. In the summer of 2015, while dealing with the vermin in their new home of Edmonton, he’d learned through a social worker that Canadians apparently loved camping, and so, as a new Canadian, he thought that perhaps this was something he should try. Camping was a new concept to this refugee born and raised in Hama, Syria, site of the Hama massacre of 1982, when the military rounded up 10,000 or 20,000 or 40,000 people for execution (nobody really knows). His father and uncles were spared, but El Hindawi, who was six then, never shed the trauma and bitterness. His whole life has been a struggle, from his early 20s when he lost his firstborn son to measles, right up until 13 November 2014, the day he boarded a plane and flew to Canada – a country he’d never learned about in public school. His life remained a struggle, because he had … [Read more...] about What is Canada like for a refugee?