EMINEM BEATS LADY GAGA (ANDREA)
Eminem has narrowly beaten Lady Gaga and floppy hair teenage pop dream Justin Bieber to reach 30 million Facebook followers – but he’s still lagging on Twitter with only 3.4 million compared to Lady Gaga’s impressive 8.7 million. Doubts whether either star sends their own Tweets or updates their Facebook but hey, it’s made the headlines
WILL THE REVOLUTION BE TWEETED? (SCOTT)
Scary-haired wordsmith Malclolm Gladwell wrote this article in this New Yorker just before the Arabic and North African uprisings. He insisted social media was overhyped as an agent of true, deep and impactful social activism. Despite the latest round of ‘Facebook and Twitter revolutions”, I tend to agree. This piece has proved uncannily well-timed and deeply divisive. It is also beautifully written. Make up your own mind.
BRITAIN’S SECRET ODIOUS DEBT (SCOTT)
Wondering why nurses and teachers are being sacked and frontline services are being cut? Because the country is instead servicing enormous, secret debts for bloated PFI schemes. Those schools and hospitals are not public services – but golden investments for the super rich, says this investigative expert. Breathtaking (not in a good way).
TRICK SHOT PR HIT (SCOTT)
Players with Germany’s league leading football team Borussia Dortmund have scored an internet hit with a video which appears to show an amazing trick shot. As their team bus passes under a bridge, a player at the front kicks a ball out of the door and agains the wall, sending it into the waiting hands of the goalkeeper, who is at the open door at the back of the bus. Many claim it is fake – but either way, it’s created amazing PR buzz with more than 785,000 views for this upload alone.
TOP OF THE TARDIS (ADRIAN)
They’ve been a staple of science fiction for almost a century but finally the top ten coolest time machines ever have been revealed. From Doctor Who to Timecop, this list highlights the best examples of movie and literary time-travelling machines and explains why they continue to inspire new generations of sci-fi nerds.