Bullying Takes Over the NFL

The NFL is facing more criticism as controversy has arose in the Miami Dolphins organization. In one of the most bizarre stories in recent memory. Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins team over a week ago because of alleged bullying by teammate Richie Incognito. Then days later Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team after a voice mail was recovered towards Martin calling him expletives, and racial slurs. The story seems to continue to take twists and turns as now its reported the Miami Dolphins upper management told Incognito to “toughen up” Martin. The Dolphins organization, after initially putting out a statement that nothing of the sort had gone on, ended up suspending Incognito, one of Miami’s most popular teammates. Martin’s representatives turned over to the Dolphins and the NFL the voicemail from Incognito to Martin with the racially charged threats. The team has undertaken a review of what happened, as has the NFL, with Commissioner Roger Goodell appointing Ted Wells, a prominent New York-based criminal attorney, to direct an independent inquiry into the team’s workplace issues http://goo.gl/sn7mdO.

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Kanye’s Yeezus Tour Crashes into Crisis

Kanye West just kicked off his first solo tour in five years, then disaster struck when his tour bus carrying a custom made 60 foot screen crashed. Despite his polarizing character, Kanye West is still known as one of the world’s best entertainers. There was high anticipation to see this tour, as he brought out a faux Jesus Christ on stage on the first night of the tour.

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A statement was given by Kanye’s team saying “”As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and prefabricated http://goo.gl/uGNw2Q.

“Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans. The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly.”

This is devastating as for die-hard Kanye fans, especially ones at Ohio State. On Halloween, students lines up all day to get student D-tx for the Yeezus tour for next week. Now the shows in Kanye’s hometown in Chicago, as well as Columbus show on the Nov. 8 is up in the air. We hope to hear something in the next couple of days, as of now it does not seem as though he will be coming here in a week. The team is in crisis management mode for this is a multi-million dollar tour, and now the fans are the ones suffering.

Twitter Goes Public

The social media giant Twitter has followed its’ Facebook brotheren by announcing its going public. Twitter focused to make sure that its initial public offering didn’t turn into the kind of debacle that Facebook experienced when it started out as a publicly-traded company. Twitter sold 70 million shares for $26 each in its IPO and so far things are looking very different than they did back in May 2012. Facebook was earning money, $1 billion in the calendar year prior to the IPO. But Twitter has lost $133.9 million in the first nine months of 2013 http://goo.gl/KHffl3. Still, Twitter is going public at an earlier stage in its growth curve, which might make it easier for Twitter to meet high investor expectations as long as Twitter doesn’t cause them to lose faith in its story.

Make-Money-On-Twitter

To a certain extent, social media companies are black boxes, making them harder to value than companies with more visible, conventional businesses. A company like Twitter sits on an enormous number of user interactions, and it has to determine how to exploit those for advertisers. But it has offered few specifics on exactly how it will enable advertisers to place the right ad with the right users. After months of foundering, Facebook found ways to substantially increase its advertising revenue, so far proving its doubters wrong. The temptation is to expect Twitter to do the same. But the problem is that the company may already be priced for perfection http://goo.gl/rKa72P.“One day Twitter will make money,” said Anup Srivastava, an assistant professor of accounting at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Apple’s new iPad

The beginning of the 4th quarter of every year, Apple refreshes their iPad line in anticipation of the holiday season. On Oct. 21, Apple launched the newly branded “iPad Air” which dubbed as their “Best iPad Ever.” It has been interesting to see how Apple has handled the release of new iPads over the years. A company known for simplicity, consistency and straightforwardness has not always been those things with the iPad. When the first one launch three and half years ago, it was obviously simply dubbed the iPad setting the standard for future generations. The following year they launched the “iPad 2,” which was no big shock by any means. But between the 2nd and 3rd generation, Apple lost their voice with the passing of Steve Jobs. The question came would Apple remain the same without Jobs. When it was time to launch the 3rd generation iPad at one of their classic media events, they dubbed it just “iPad.” This created a lot of confusion. Sales suffered because it was challenging to market a product with the same name as the first generation. It seemed as though Apple was losing it’s special touch without Jobs. Then just four and half months later they announced the 4th Generation iPad only changing the 30-pin dock to the new lightning port on the bottom. This obviously made buyers of the 3rd generation furious that their four month product is now deemed obsolete. Steve Jobs would never do this, right ? Apple fanboys still bought the 4th generation but the rate of upgrade was the slowest Apple has ever seen between any iPad, iPhone or iPod in the last five years. 52 weeks later and Apple re-brands their next generation iPad to the “iPad Air.” Sales so far have exceeded Apple’s expectations by 30 percent http://goo.gl/AXUbH5. It seems as though Apple’s marketing and branding team have gotten things back on track as the “lightest, thinnest” iPad ever has been flying off the shelves. They also kept things simple and consistent with the announcement of the iPad Mini 2. I do not foresee Apple making any more blunders as they continue to receive more pressure from shareholders.

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My First Ever Tweet Chat

Today, I embarked in my first ever-live tweet chat. First, let me say I am not a big fan of twitter or social media. But the live tweet was a pretty neat experience. My specific chat focused on career advice, and answered questioned from those participating. I found the immediate responses, and tweets that mentioned me exhilarating. I was able to ask the president of Ace of Race questions that pertained to my postgraduate career. My first questioned asked about how people are networking less and less with the evolution of solution. I was also able to ask how important graduate school is today, opposed to 20-30 years ago. I got responses within a minute each time. I can definitely see myself doing another live tweet chat. Not only do you interact with people who are interested with the same topic, there is a lot of potential to get new followers and grow as a power user. I can see this as a fun experience during a live sports game, or TV program. Although person-to-person networking may be dying, social media networking continues to grow and I can see this a popular avenue to do so.

Kanye West Vs Jimmy Kimmel

Kanye West launched a Twitter war with Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night, venting over the late-night host poking fun at him for boasting of being the No. 1 rock star on the planet in a BBC interview. The Twitter explosion came a day after a skit on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” featured two bratty kids reenacting his BBC Radio 1 interview. In the real interview, West, 36, said rappers are the new rock stars “and I’m the biggest of them all.” He also said he’s gotten to a “point that Michael Jackson did not break.”

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Besides insulting Kimmel’s looks, West delivered a low blow comparing Kimmel to ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman.

“SARAH SILVERMAN IS A THOUSAND TIMES FUNNIER THAN YOU AND THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT!!!” West tweeted.

Kimmel tweeted back: “one more of these I WILL unfollow you.”

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After two weeks of going back and forth, West decided to make an appearance on the Kimmel’s late-night talk show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXs1dsGNQqg . West and Kimmel quickly dispelled the idea their so-called feud was a publicity stunt during a sometimes uncomfortable appearance on the comedian’s television show. West told Kimmel he’s often upset with his portrayal in the media but usually keeps his reaction to himself.

“That elevates sometimes,” West said. “Jimmy does his thing, I do my thing, and at some point egos can flare up, and we kind of took it back to high school.” Kimmel thanked West for appearing on the show, and West responded: “Thank you for the platform.”

A League of Denial

Last night PBS aired a Frontline documentary called a “League of Denial: the NFL’s Concussions Crisis.” The documentary showed scientists linking the sport to Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and presented a picture of the NFL consistently denying the scientific evidence. The league was basically accused of turning a blind eye to and quashing evidence that players were sustaining head traumas on the field that could lead to serious, long-term cognitive disability http://goo.gl/BUb6Z5.

Last night the Twitter world and all modes of social media were buzzing about the film. Popular hashtags were #PBSfrontline, #NFL and #LeagueOfDenial. ESPN co-produced the film and it originally was supposed to air on ESPN but due to pressure from the NFL, ESPN decided not to air it. Obviously this demonstrates a conflict of interests in the media world. ESPN and the NFL have a multi-billion dollar relationship that ESPN does not want to compromise and make the NFL look bad, but they also have a journalistic integrity to uphold. It will be interesting to see if fans actually care and decide to turn their TVs off on Sunday. My guess is they will not.

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