FAISAL BIN ESSA WRITES — Turning her misfortune into fortune is what Rawan Bin Hussain does. The 22 year-old social media influencer, popular in the Middle East, recently caught pop media attention by catching her boyfriend cheating on video. When Hussain posted the incriminating videos on several of her…Full Article KUWAIT: TRAIL-BLAZING SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER CLAIMS VIDEO CAPTURE OF ‘CHEATER’
TABITHA THEARD WRITES — Instagram and twitter have helped artists connect to fans around the world. This is one way that Rina Sawayama (pictured) and K-pop band BTS—aka Beyond the Scene, Bangtan Sonyeondan (Bulletproof Boy Scouts)—have gained popularity worldwide. As John Paul Titlo wrote in his article How Instagram Became…Full Article JAPAN: WITH RINA AND HER ARMY, ALMOST NOTHING IS LOST IN TRANSLATION
NADIA ALJOJO WRITES – Last September, Instagram reached 800 million active users, up from 600 million less than a year earlier. That sort of growth and following has made the platform a gateway for – and to — the fashion and beauty industry, providing women a chance to express their…Full Article ASIAN FASHION: 5 ASIAN INSTABLOGGERS THAT MUST BE ON YOUR FOLLOW LIST
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES– If a hotel in Pyongyang catches fire and the media doesn’t mention it, does it still burn? Of course it does! Last Thursday, the Koryo Hotel, one of the tallest and best-known buildings in North Korea’s capital, caught fire. In a city populated by approximately 3.2 million…Full Article NORTH KOREA: The Fire They Don’t Want You to Know About
KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – Atlanta-born K-Pop solo artist and YouTube sensation Eric Nam recently announced that his first U.S. tour would have to be put on pause. The one-week showcase tour was supposed to kick off on February 20th in New York, continue on to Atlanta and Dallas, and finish…Full Article K-Pop Korner: Bad Weather “Rains” on Eric Nam’s First U.S Tour
ROBERT DYLAN FIELDS WRITES- Since its partial takeover of Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has committed various acts of barbarism, including a series of live beheadings of international hostages. Most recent were the deaths of two…Full Article JAPAN: A Call to Arms and a Call to Honor
ASIA MEDIA STAFF WRITES – A recent survey conducted in Singapore has found that the majority of youths who are active on social media strive to ensure that their online presence portrays them in a good light, but often do not lie about themselves in order to do so. The…Full Article SINGAPORE: Did You Get My Good Side?
VITTO BANEZ WRITES – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine are all social apps used to connect with friends, but Afghanistan says they’re more than that. The country aimed to promote these sites as democratizing tools through a recent summit. “Paiwand,” which translated to English means “connection,” was held on September…Full Article AFGHANISTAN: Social Media Summit Praises Positive Impact