As politicos reflect on the 2010 campaigns, they will likely analyze the nail-biting conclusion that saw Democrats narrowly hold their majority in the U.S. Senate, but lose control of the U.S. House. Digitial enthusiasts, however, will no doubt focus on the way social media, namely Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and smartphones, transformed politics as we know it. Here is our look at the top 5 trends that revolutionized how we, the voters, engage with politicians, and vice versa.
This week, this year's recipients of the Nobel Prize generally pick up their awards and deliver their Nobel lecture, with the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize receiving his or her award on December 10. Absent, though, this year will be the 2010 Peace Prize winner, Chinese writer, teacher, and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, who last December was sentenced to 11 years in prison last year for subversion. Here we reprint an essay that will appear in the forthcoming Britannica Book of the Year 2011 that takes a look at all the winners this year.
Every year since 2004, ReadWriteWeb has selected a best 'little company.' In past years we've given this honor to Flickr, 37Signals, YouTube (in 2006, the year it was acquired by Google), Twitter (in 2007, before it went mainstream), Zoho, and Aardvark. As you can see, many of these companies have gone onto much bigger things. When we select the Best LittleCo winner each year, we look for small companies (less than 100 employees) that have set the online world alight.(via @chikodi)This year there was plenty of competition. Foursquare won the battle of the check-in apps, Flipboard created an innovative iPad app that caught our imagination, Instagram burst onto the scene with a mobile photo app. The LittleCo that impressed us the most though was New York-based Tumblr. (via @Chikodi)
There’s an eclectic feel to this year’s ranking of the style elite. But, as always, the list is about individual taste, not fashion trends, so from Samantha Cameron to Alec Baldwin to Lady Gaga, only one real through line emerges: their exquisite self-expression.
Editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan takes a fond look back at a year that will be remembered for the launch of the Apple iPad, the Tea Party movement, health care reform, The Social Network film, and the BP Gulf Oil Spill.
This was life in 2010, when it was hard to tell the difference between real and fake or figure out whether it mattered. With Heidi Montag’s 10-procedure plastic-surgery orgy upping the ante for remodeled looks, with “reality’’ shows glutting the TV landscape, with a series of documentary-style films (“Exit Through the Gift Shop,’’ “Catfish,’’ “I’m Still Here’’) raising questions about truthiness, and with Sarah Palin (touting her “Alaska’’ show, a second book, and daughter Bristol on “Dancing With the Stars’’) the biggest political star in the firmament, Americans seemed to be saying: We don’t care if it’s true, we don’t care if it’s real, we just want to be entertained.
SPRINGFIELD, MASS., December 20, 2010–Merriam-Webster Inc., America's leading language reference publisher, has announced the Top Ten Words of the Year for 2010. This profile of America's mood and interests is determined by the volume of user lookups at Merriam-Webster.com in response to current events and conditions. "Although a number of words on this year's list reflect a somber national mood, one notable exception is ebullient – "having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm" – which leaped to the top of the searches as the world watched the rescue of the Chilean miners. "
When historians look back to the moment when the post-Cold War reign of American power ended, they may well settle on 2010 as a crucial year. Everywhere, it seemed, there were signs that the long-predicted "rise of the rest" had finally occurred, whether in the newfound assertiveness of fast-growing China or the impatient diplomacy of new powers like Brazil and Turkey. Foreign Policy's second annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers fully reflects that new world. Beginning with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates (1), who teamed up to prove that even in tough times great new ideas can emerge, to forecasting economist Nouriel Roubini (12) to political leaders Barack Obama (3) and Angela Merkel (10), FP presents more than just their big ideas. Once again we took a unique survey of this very smart crowd. Nearly two-thirds participated to give you insight into their thinking on everything from how Obama's doing to their preference in new-age reading device (iPad, by a lot). But don't take our word for it -- take the same questionnaire we sent to our FP 100 and see how your answers match up against theirs.
With 2010 nearing its end, we take a look at the most-pirated titles across various categories, starting with movies. Aside from the usual suspects such as Oscar winners Avatar and The Hurt Locker, the list also includes a few surprising entries and some notable absentees. (via @xdamman)
Communicating coffice: In South Korea, a coffee shop habitually used as an office by customers, who mooch its space, electricity, Wi-Fi and other resources. Presumably, they pay for the coffee.halfalogue: Half of a conversation, like an overheard phone call. The term was coined in the research paper “Overheard Cell-Phone Conversations: When Less Speech is More Distracting” in the journal Psychological Science.sofalize: A British marketing term created for people who prefer to stay home and communicate with others electronically.mansplainer: A man compelled to explain or give an opinion about everything — especially to a woman. He speaks, often condescendingly, even if he doesn’t know what he’s talking about or even if it’s none of his business. Old term: a boor.social graph: The structure of personal networks, who people know and how they know them, especially online. The term probably came from the internal lingo at Facebook, but it has spread widely among technology companies.