Illustration by Trịnh Lập By An Phương “Not everyone is an artist, but everyone is a critic.” I reblog this quote or ones with a similar meaning to my personal Tumblr account every time I feel attacked by a random Internet fellow. Unlike Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, Tumblr is a social networking platform based on genuine respect, at least in my humble experience. Of course, I’m not here praising Tumblr for being a healthy platform but discussing one of the most relevant topics of today’s society, “criticism culture”. With the introduction of the Internet, followed by “keyboard warriors”, defined as those who behave aggressively online but are too shy to do the same face-to-face, criticism culture seems to be a predictable result. “I’m familiar with the concept of keyboard warrior. In fact, I was once a serious 'warrior' defending my K-pop … [Read more...] about What’s wrong with the internet’s criticism culture?
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Police investigate the shooting. — AFP/VNA Photo JERSEY CITY — Six people including a police officer and two suspects were killed during an hours-long shootout across a New York suburb not far from the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday, local officials said. "Our officers were under fire for hours," Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters after the latest high-profile US shooting. In addition to the officer and the suspects, three civilians were killed in the incident that began around midday at a cemetery and ended in a store, Kelly said. Bomb squad officers were examining a stolen U-Haul vehicle "that may contain an incendiary device," he added. No clear reason for the shooting has been given. Five of the dead were found inside a store, said Kelly. "We believe that two of them are bad guys," while the other three are civilians, he said, describing the crime scene as "very extensive, three locations at least." Two other officers were wounded, Kelly told … [Read more...] about Six dead in hours-long New York-area shootout
2019 MAMA ranked #1 on Twitter across 46 countries, with the highest Tweet volumes coming from South Korea, the United States of America (USA), Japan, Southeast Asia and Latin America3 million people tuned in to watch 2019 MAMA Red Carpet Live and #TwitterBlueRoom 'Thank You stage'K-Pop fans around the world were treated to exclusive, never-seen-before videos on Twitter from K-Pop artists/bands, including popular Red Carpet 360 camerasSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Media OutReach - 11 December 2019 - Twitter and Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), the biggest K-pop award show in the world, joined hands again to engage K-Pop fans worldwide on Twitter for the #2019MAMA event. From exclusive content from K-Pop artists/bands leading up to the event, to Red Carpet livestreams during the event, K-Pop fans globally generated 102 million Tweets, using hashtags such as #2019MAMA, #MAMARedCarpet, and #MnetAsianMusicAwards. Conversations about 2019 MAMA were measured from October 24th when … [Read more...] about K-Pop Twitter set abuzz with 102 Million Tweets about 2019 MAMA, ranking #1 on Twitter real-time trends across 46 countries
Argentina's new President Alberto Fernandez flashes the victory sign during the inauguration ceremony at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. —AFP/VNA Photo BUENOS AIRES — Centre-leftist Alberto Fernandez vowed to put his people first ahead of debt repayments after he was sworn in as Argentina's president on Tuesday to singing and applause from lawmakers and supporters. After taking over from the market-friendly Mauricio Macri, Fernandez sent a message to the International Monetary Fund, saying "it's impossible to pay external debt without growth." Fernandez, whose vice president is controversial former leader Cristina Kirchner, will preside over a country beset by recession, high inflation, rising unemployment and poverty. While the South American country wants to pay back its debt, it doesn't have "the means to do so," he said, promising to deal with Argentina's social emergency. Fernandez was swept to power in large part due to a public backlash over … [Read more...] about New president vows to put Argentines before debt repayments
Representatives from the three countries sign the deal. — AFP/VNA Photo MEXICO CITY — The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal on Tuesday to finalise their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations. However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US. First signed in November 2018, USMCA got bogged down in political complications, particularly in the US, where opposition Democrats questioned whether it would really force Mexico to deliver on labor reforms meant to level the playing field between … [Read more...] about US, Mexico, Canada finalise trade deal