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nprmusic:

Take a minute to remember the artists we lost in 2012 and the music they left behind. 

nprmusic:

Take a minute to remember the artists we lost in 2012 and the music they left behind

picturedept:


2012 in Review: The Year in Photos
It was a turbulent 12 months, from conflicts across the Middle East to America’s toll from an epic hurricane and heartbreaking gun violence. A look at the photos that captured 2012, by The Daily Beast.

picturedept:

2012 in Review: The Year in Photos

It was a turbulent 12 months, from conflicts across the Middle East to America’s toll from an epic hurricane and heartbreaking gun violence. A look at the photos that captured 2012, by The Daily Beast.

dailydot:

The top 10 most influential people on Tumblr in 2012
1) President Barack Obama Commander in GIF
In what was dubbed the Facebook election, Barack Obama leveraged social media to help win the 2008 presidential election. This year, Obama’s campaign added Tumblr to its repertoire. His official Tumblr blog has more than 1,240 posts, out-blogging his opponent Mitt Romney almost every step of the way. More importantly, Obama’s campaign used Tumblr to interact directly with users in a way that was relatable, posting GIFs of the president listening to music and giving speeches.
“It gets him in front of a much larger audience, especially more and more young people who spend time on the Internet,” said Tyler Pearson, a front-end developer and designer for New Media Campaigns, a North Carolina-based creative agency that helps build politicians’ Web presence.
And as was the case in 2008, all that time online paid off. Especially on Tumblr. On election night 2012, Obama collected more than 75,000 mentions compared to Romney’s 35,000.

The whole list is pretty great. 

dailydot:

The top 10 most influential people on Tumblr in 2012

1) President Barack Obama Commander in GIF

In what was dubbed the Facebook election, Barack Obama leveraged social media to help win the 2008 presidential election. This year, Obama’s campaign added Tumblr to its repertoire. His official Tumblr blog has more than 1,240 posts, out-blogging his opponent Mitt Romney almost every step of the way. More importantly, Obama’s campaign used Tumblr to interact directly with users in a way that was relatable, posting GIFs of the president listening to music and giving speeches.

“It gets him in front of a much larger audience, especially more and more young people who spend time on the Internet,” said Tyler Pearson, a front-end developer and designer for New Media Campaigns, a North Carolina-based creative agency that helps build politicians’ Web presence.

And as was the case in 2008, all that time online paid off. Especially on Tumblr. On election night 2012, Obama collected more than 75,000 mentions compared to Romney’s 35,000.

The whole list is pretty great. 

thenoobyorker:

Well if you read one thing today, experience this story by The New York Times because that’s precisely the best way to define it. Incredible.

thenoobyorker:

Well if you read one thing today, experience this story by The New York Times because that’s precisely the best way to define it. Incredible.

theatlantic:

In Focus: Mourning in Newtown

Today is Monday, the first school day since the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed so many young lives last week. Like millions of other American parents, I sent my kids off to school today knowing that the difficult family discussions we had over the weekend will continue in the classroom, as educators and students address yet another tragic outburst of violence in our schools. Today, the first of many funerals will take place in Newtown, after a weekend of vigils and mourning. President Obama visited Newtown on Sunday, speaking before an auditorium of grieving parents. “We can’t accept events like this as routine,” he said, “These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change.”

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shortformblog:

Sunday’s New York Times front page does something the paper of record has rarely, if ever, done before: It leads with a black box rather than an image, with zero photos taking up the top half of the page. It also downplays the suspect significantly. (ht @thomaskaplan)

shortformblog:

Sunday’s New York Times front page does something the paper of record has rarely, if ever, done before: It leads with a black box rather than an image, with zero photos taking up the top half of the page. It also downplays the suspect significantly. (ht @thomaskaplan)

SNL played its cold open totally straight last night, as a tribute to the Sandy Hook victims. It was powerful and amazing. Watch it here. 

SNL played its cold open totally straight last night, as a tribute to the Sandy Hook victims. It was powerful and amazing. Watch it here