Posted by Nicole Behnam
Issues regarding the privacy of old posts are becoming a primary concern on Facebook for users who log in and post statuses or pictures frequently. Now that Facebook is introducing a new feature, people are becoming frantic.
Facebook began with a simple mission: to connect friends. Seven years after its launch, the social network enjoys over 800 million users who communicate, share, and interact through the site.
No, there’s nothing new about the Facebook Login or Sign Up process, as usual. But pay attention to a new breed of Facebook Profiles.
The Facebook Wall is being replaced with a Timeline—a virtual scrapbook of your Facebook life (activity, photos, comments, et al.) since its inception.
Mark Zuckerberg says the Timeline creates a new way to share life experiences, but marketers see this as a way to gain brand exposure and loyalty through “likes” and shares.
So what does this mean for you? And what’s different? Your Facebook profile in its entirety.
Here are some helpful tips to help you adapt to this new, unwanted (or perhaps wanted) change:
Utilize your 7-Day Review Period. Click here to learn about and switch over to the new timeline. Once you upgrade your Facebook profile, you will have seven days to get accustomed to the new feature. Facebook, for the first time, is allowing users to “test” a feature before they launch it for everyone on the site. Use this opportunity to your advantage. If you don’t want people to skim through your old public photos, here’s your chance to change your individual privacy setting for each old and embarrassing picture or status.
Choose a “cool” cover photo. I suppose this is the new “Profile Picture.” A cover photo is the new photo that stretches across your page’s width. This doesn’t have to be a picture of you. It could be a picture of anything—your favorite band, your favorite painting, your grandmother, or something completely random and unique. Your “profile pic” will formulate itself into a square-like approximation on the left-hand side of your cover photo soon.
Edit through The Activity Log. Yes, Timeline is bringing back lots of old posts. But before, a friend would have had to click the “older” button several times to travel back to 2007. Now, users can just click on 2007 to see what was going on back then. Use the new “Activity Log” to hide certain stories or posts. If you don’t want to be associated with someone who wrote on your wall in 2007, feel free to delete that person’s post or click on the “Only Me” feature under “Who can see this post?”
Choose what you want to expand. Timeline already tries to guess which of your posts will be shared frequently through the amount of likes or comments it will, or already has, earned. If there is a post that you want to highlight or expand, click on the star at the top right of the post.
Switch over to Timeline NOW. Don’t wait. Trust me. You’re going to get annoyed when your profile abruptly switches over to the new look without your virtual “permission.” And better to get annoyed now than later. Learn about the Timeline BEFORE it launches. I switched over two days ago, and I’m still learning something new about my profile every day.
This isn’t a small adjustment. Prepare yourself for the best and the worst of this seemingly Myspace-like restructure. The change will affect each person’s public persona differently.
“For some, this will be a nostalgic trip through a social network that has captured much of who we are. For others, it will be a bit terrifying to see posts from the early days of Facebook, when it was limited to college students who often shared way too much,” said USA Today’s Mark W. Smith.
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December 16, 2011 | 8:58 pm
Posted by Nicole Behnam
“I have never heard more anger and dismay than when we announced that the [Kardashians] were on our list.”
Celebrities are an integral part of our culture. The more we know about their personal lives, the more intrigued we become. The more they spend, the more we pay attention. The prettier they are, the more envious we grow. And the more they break fundamental moral boundaries, the more we talk about them.
The Kardashians were featured among moguls like Donald Trump and Steve Jobs on Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 special, which aired Wednesday on ABC. And everyone is wondering: Why?
People are more distracted than ever before from serious news stories regarding current events, politics, and society that are much more significant than shows like “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” which many would argue is a testament to the American culture’s degeneration.
Surely, we would never question why Trump made it onto Walters’ list, or why Amanda Knox, recently acquitted of false charges for murdering her roommate in Italy, is a fascinating candidate, but four women whose lifestyles and values are questionable at best—What was Barbara Walters thinking?
She described their appeal as “a strange mix of trashy sex, upscale excess, tabloid melodrama, and suburban family life.” But this allure goes beyond sex and excess. What makes them fascinating? Our culture’s obsession with their reality roller-coaster ride. They win, they lose. They laugh, they cry. They fall apart, and they fall together.
Perhaps what we really love about the Kardashians is knowing that behind all the glamour and fame and lavish spending are human beings who experience downfalls we would never dream of. I don’t personally know anybody whose marriage lasted less than 72 days, do you? Or someone whose sex tape leaked, for that matter. And Kim still kept moving.
What makes them fascinating is that beyond all the fame, they’re still human.
After all, this wasn’t a special honoring the most influential people—just the most fascinating.
December 14, 2011 | 7:47 am
Posted by Nicole Behnam
Judy Greer (“The Descendants”) and Regina King (“Southland”) were greeted with a mixture of anticipation and excitement when they approached the podium to announce the nominees for the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
“The Help” dominated as the #1 feature film nominee, with four nominations, while “The Artist” came in second with three nominations.
In TV, “Modern Family” emerged with an Ensemble nomination, and separate nominations for its actors: Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet.
The SAGs are held in very high esteem because the nominees are honored by their fellow peers. In other words, actors are nominated by actors.
Two nominating panels—one for television shows and one for films—each consisting of 2100 randomly-chosen Guild members from across the U.S.—selected this year’s actor and stunt ensemble nominees.
The nominees for each category are:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo - “A BETTER LIFE”
GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King - “THE DESCENDANTS”
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover - “J. EDGAR”
JEAN DUJARDIN / George - “THE ARTIST”
BRAD PITT / Billy Beane - “MONEYBALL”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
GLENN CLOSE / Albert Nobbs - “ALBERT NOBBS”
VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark - “THE HELP”
MERYL STREEP / Margaret Thatcher - “THE IRON LADY”
TILDA SWINTON / Eva - “WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN”
MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Marilyn Monroe - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN”
ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson - “J. EDGAR”
JONAH HILL / Peter Brand - “MONEYBALL”
NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon - “WARRIOR”
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal - “BEGINNERS”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy - “THE ARTIST”
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote - “THE HELP”
MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan - “BRIDESMAIDS”
JANET McTEER / Hubert Page - “ALBERT NOBBS”
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson - “THE HELP”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Thurgood Marshall - “THURGOOD”
PAUL GIAMATTI / Ben Bernanke - “TOO BIG TO FAIL”
GREG KINNEAR / Jack Kennedy - “THE KENNEDYS”
GUY PEARCE / Monty Beragon - “MILDRED PIERCE“
JAMES WOODS / Richard Fuld - “TOO BIG TO FAIL”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
DIANE LANE / Pat Loud - “CINEMA VERITE”
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - “DOWNTON ABBEY”
EMILY WATSON / Janet Leach - “APPROPRIATE ADULT”
BETTY WHITE / Caroline Thomas - “HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE”
KATE WINSLET / Mildred Pierce - “MILDRED PIERCE”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
PATRICK J. ADAMS / Mike Ross - “SUITS”
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thomson - “BOARDWALK EMPIRE”
KYLE CHANDLER / Eric Taylor - “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - “BREAKING BAD”
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - “DEXTER”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
KATHY BATES / Harriet Korn - “HARRY’S LAW”
GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes - “DAMAGES”
JESSICA LANGE / Constance - “AMERICAN HORROR STORY”
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - “THE GOOD WIFE”
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dept. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson - “THE CLOSER”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 ROCK”
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy - “MODERN FAMILY”
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - “THE OFFICE”
JON CRYER / Alan Harper - “TWO AND A HALF MEN”
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker - “MODERN FAMILY”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy - “MODERN FAMILY”
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - “NURSE JACKIE”
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - “30 ROCK”
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - “MODERN FAMILY”
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky - “HOT IN CLEVELAND”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY
The SAG nominations announcement is particularly significant this year because it precedes the Golden Globe nominations, which will be announced Thursday. In previous years, The SAG nominations followed the Globes by two days.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
December 12, 2011 | 3:24 am
Posted by Nicole Behnam
“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.”
-William Arthur Ward
Let’s be real here. You belong to a community. In fact, you probably belong to many communities that have formulated through several social interactions with the same people. If you are a parent, for example, you maintain social ties with other parents whose children attend the same school as your own kids—and then you have separate sets of friends; friends from work, from high school, from childhood, from temple, et al.
You maintain fervent opinions about each and every person, but refer to them in terms of what is most commonly acknowledged. Daniel is an oncologist, Janet is a pediatrician, Marcy is an entertainment lawyer, Simon is a friendly person, and Steve, along with his wife Jennifer, have two beautiful children.
Because most of the conversations we have with friends are superficial and “on the surface”—meaning they don’t penetrate into the depths of our lives—we have been trained, as a society, to talk about who we are in terms of what we do and what we have achieved.
The frequency of family parties, religious celebrations, dinners, and other functions coupled with a tangled web of business associations, leads to an imbedded desire to prove ourselves as worthy of belonging to the upper echelons of society—to always and forever be relevant in the eyes of others. In fact, this seems like a necessity for some people.
I have seen the woman who anxiously tries to win the approval of everyone she congregates with. She wears the latest Prada handbag one day, and the latest Fendi handbag the next. Her children do fairly well in school, but she scrutinizes them when they don’t win awards or competitions.
Her temper is out of control but she ensures that her husband donates over $5000 to her local temple, because her family name has to be on the Donor’s List plaque, not because she genuinely cares. Social encounters are a den of comparison during which she is actively evaluating people. When friends arrive, her smile always masks the sense of inferiority she feels. She denies any shortcomings. How is she? Each time, “great thanks, and you?” She wants to be perfect. She is obsessed with prestige.
At some point, this becomes problematic. At some point, society needs to draw the line between actual greatness and prestige. At some point, it is not worth it to kill ourselves in the hopes of being held to a high regard by our friends. It is worth everything in the world, though, to defy this mentality, and to achieve for the sake of achievement.
In her book, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand writes:
Listen to what is being preached today. Look at everyone around us. You’ve wondered why they suffer, why they seek happiness and never find it. If any man stopped and asked himself whether he’s ever held a truly personal desire, he’d find the answer. He’d see that all his wishes, his efforts, his dreams, his ambitions are motivated by other men.
He’s not really struggling even for material wealth, but for the second-hander’s delusion—prestige. A stamp of approval. Not his own. He can find no joy in the struggle and no joy when he has succeeded. He can’t say about a single thing: “This is what I wanted because I wanted it, not because it made my neighbors gape at me.” Then he wonders why he’s unhappy.
Every form of happiness is private. Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched. Those things which are sacred or precious to us are the things we withdraw from promiscuous sharing. But now we are taught to throw everything within us into public light and common pawing.
My belief is that we can undo what has been taught to us by society—by this particular type of society. If winning the praise and admiration of others is the only driving force behind our actions, we will never be happy. A man will never be happy, for example, if he goes to medical school merely to please his parents, to be able to say to his uncle, “I am a doctor.” If medicine is not his true passion, this achievement means nothing.
But once we recognize this fault in ourselves, we can appraise ourselves for who we are, not through society’s calculated criteria or expectations of us. We can begin to live for ourselves, to learn for the sake of learning, not for the sake of knowing, to laugh uninhibited, not just to act in accordance with social cues, and to succeed for the sake of self-esteem and advancement, not for a pat on the back.
December 4, 2011 | 5:51 pm
Posted by Nicole Behnam
“A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.” -Ansel Adams
I am sure of three things: I wasn’t in Japan when the tsunami struck in March. I wasn’t blocks away from the World Trade Center when the planes crashed on 9/11. And I also wasn’t present for Hurricane Irene, among other events.
Many of us look through graphic pictures of these events on news sites when catastrophe hits, clicking through the slide-shows and later watching the video footage of each event in its entirety. I always wonder: what if I was there?
I imagine standing blocks away from the Twin Towers. The sound of a loud, buzzing jet engine streaking above me, crashing, and then exploding would propel me to look back at the view I was likely admiring 10 minutes prior.
Broken windows with flames coming out of them would explain the smell of smoke perfuming the air as people ran around frantically calling their family members, hoping for an answer. I would never forget this. And how could I?
I would physically feel the shock of terror, hear the voices of fear and loss of hope, smell the destruction, taste the smoke, and catch a glimpse of the view—my own personal video footage, and essentially, my own snapshot.
With my camera phone—or camera if I had one—I would zoom out and take a picture of history. A woman next to me would be doing the same thing. And across the street, I would watch an old man take his own snapshot; each person with a different view, a different angle, a different encounter, and thus, a different story.
A picture can tell us nothing more than what we have captured in limitation. Every picture is evidence of how little our eyes permit us to see, and exposes us to what we may have missed.
The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011 by Buzzfeed virtually showcases pictures that have been judged to be the most powerful images of 2011. Photographs of destruction, riots, conflicts, massacre, death, and mourning comprise a plethora of the images provided. Very few pictures of victory and success are displayed, however.
What this tells me, is that as a people, we are more moved by destruction and loss than we are by achievement or tranquility. In my mind, there are two problems we are facing: Nature against people, and people against people. We cannot fight back against the earthquakes and the tsunamis, but we are always willing to fight against each other.
In 2012, I hope to see pictures of development, innovations, achievements—pictures of developing countries blossoming. I want to see pictures of starved children being fed, of shattered cities being rebuilt, of enemies shaking hands.
I want to be uplifted by stories, not saddened by them. I want people to be empowered and inspired, not despondent and defenseless. At the very least, I want to see the clouds spread and the sun shining.
November 21, 2011 | 8:25 pm
Posted by Nicole Behnam
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” -Meister Eckhart
If you’re anything like the people I know, you have a roof above your head, food to eat every day, health insurance, and several other luxuries—yes, luxuries. You have family members, you have friends, you have teachers, you have employers. Some of you even have employees.
Even with all this, you have experienced stress, you have experienced a cold, you have experienced sadness, and you certainly have experienced grief over your losses. But you are still moving.
We are all blessed in one way or another, but for some reason, it’s so difficult for us to express gratitude. Of course, when it’s a requirement, or an act of decorum, it comes easy.
“Thank you for having me,” we’ve been trained to say to our hosts. But life isn’t always a party. It’s a roller-coaster ride, and the people who are appreciative and thankful will never crash into the cement. That’s how powerful attitude is.
I raise my glass to those who can see beyond their sorrows, to the people who lose loved ones but make a concerted effort to laugh and spread joy, to the people who can hear the music in songs, to those who listen to prayers and strive to answer them, to the people who turn a moment into a beautiful memory that can last forever.
This Thanksgiving, I urge you to be thankful—to appreciate anything and everything you can think of. I asked some friends what they are thankful for this year. These were some of my favorite responses:
“I am thankful for having my dog Dozer for 12 years. Though he’s no longer here, he brought my family much closer. He changed our Shabbat dinners. He changed me as a person and taught me how to love. He taught me responsibility. The feeling you get when you rescue an animal is very unique. It’s almost like they know you are rescuing them. Dozer taught me unconditional love and friendship. It makes you realize that all the materialistic things people look for in relationships, don’t really matter. You can’t evaluate friendship with a Mercedes-Benz or a multi-million dollar home. It’s about unconditional love and support.” Joseph Simantoub
“In the entertainment and fashion industry, it’s hard to find like-minded positive people who push you to do your best. I am so blessed to work with a great team and have such supportive friends around me. I’m grateful to have a mom who has supported me through everything I have accomplished. I am also thankful for my ability to learn and work on my talents, and for my ability to give back. That’s the most important.” Natalie Yuri
“I have too much to be thankful for to fit it all in one sentence.” Jonathan Yagoubzadeh
“I’m so happy to have my mom who takes care of me when I’m sick, to have my dog who licks my face and plays with me when I’m sad, and to have my grandma who surprises me with sabzi and pumpernickel bread and chocolate. I’m also thankful for heat pads.” Soshiance Azadian
“I am thankful for all the people who have done something for me—who have helped and contributed to me and my growth this year.” Andrea Pazmino
“I recently realized how blessed not only I am, but how blessed everyone around me is. For the last few months I’ve been exposed to a different world—a world I read about in books. The fairy tales we read about are a reality for most of us. We should all be thankful for just being healthy. Some people don’t know if they will live until tomorrow, and what pushes them over is a mere pill or even several pills. This thanksgiving, I’m thankful to G-d for making me and everyone around me healthy and happy, and for my ability to be grateful for all this.” Josephine Aminpour
“I am thankful for my true friends, tight-knit family, my health, my happiness, and my amazing hairstylist Jordan Seban.” Lauren Dorfman
“I am thankful for having the leanest, meanest friends around me, and for my family, happiness, and health. I am also thankful for the amazing people who have allowed me to help them overcome their battles and fight for their rights.” Richard Pourgol
“I’m thankful for everything that didn’t go as planned in my life and for the challenges because they fueled me to re-route my path. I’m also thankful for all the opportunities that have been presented to me, but I’m more thankful that I was able to grab them.” Jessica Naziri
“I am appreciative and grateful for being given the opportunity to choose my own path in life, make my own mistakes, and pick myself up with a strong group of people around me.” Carolyne Amin
“I am thankful just to open my eyes and be able to see every morning.” Rodney Rabbani
“I’m thankful for love, for my five senses, for my dogs. I’m thankful for my education, for my loving and supportive family, my good health, having food and a roof to sleep under every night, and of course, to be alive. The list is endless.” Diba Mesriani
As I copy and pasted these, I noticed that each friend was thankful for something different. Andrea was inundated with work, but she was able to reflect on and appreciate the friends who stood by her this year. Soshiance was overcoming a cold, but she was still able to express gratitude towards the little things in life. Rodney simply appreciated the ability to open his eyes in the morning. Keep in mind, sight isn’t a luxury. Though most people are born with it, Rodney was most grateful for his ability to see.
I was progressively more and more inspired by each response. Joseph lost his best friend Dozer just days ago. Nevertheless, he was able to articulate his appreciation for that friendship over the phone for minutes on minutes.
And as for myself, I am thankful for parents who are concerned when I’m gone for too long, because I know I am loved; for a brother who expects more from me than I expect from myself, because it pushes me to set higher goals; and for friends who constantly reach out to me, just to make sure I’m happy and smiling.
Every Thanksgiving, there are several families who are not just thankful, but who are anticipating, yearning for, and excited to be receiving Thanksgiving meals from food pantries. It was disheartening for me to read that the L.A. Food Bank was having a tough time helping food distributors since donations went down 50% this year.
No, I am not an authority figure, but I feel qualified enough to declare that this is unacceptable. Leftover food is always on display at Thanksgiving meals. At the very least, people can donate that.
In addition to being thankful, and in light of the donation shortages this year, I would like to ask everyone to donate to food distributors, even if it’s just a 10 cent donation.
Here are some links to local organizations that feed families on Thanksgiving:
Donate to the Jewish Family Service Thanksgiving Food Drive
Donate to Help The Children
or Donate to the Los Angeles Mission
Wherever you turn, there are people who need you. Anything you do can make a difference. Remember the words of John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Thank you, and have a happy, thankful, and giving Thanksgiving.
November 20, 2011 | 8:10 pm
Posted by Nicole Behnam
Charlie Sheen was out of his mind months ago. Web sites showcased his quotes from interviews, people were reposting his lines (words) as their Facebook statuses, and on Twitter, virtually everybody was #winning.
Although I laughed through many of his interviews as I watched him so eloquently try to convince Katie Couric and several others that he had tiger blood running through his veins, I found one of his interview responses enlightening, to say the least.
The concept of “winning,” as Sheen meant it was still unidentified and ambiguous to me, and to the rest of the world. What did this mean? Winning in what sense? A reporter from Radar Online attempted to demystify this term:
UNIDENTIFIED INTERVIEWER: Winning? Some would say that you`re defeated now.
CHARLIE SHEEN: They can say that, but what kind of car are they driving? What kind of girls are in their home? I said girls, yes.
My first instinct was laughter, but then I noticed that although Charlie Sheen’s statement was characterized by superficial thinking, he had a point. No, I’m not suggesting that fancy cars and attractive women determine the quality of a man’s life. Rather, that Charlie Sheen is equipped with a mentality that would dramatically transform anybody’s life for the better:
HE DOESN’T CARE WHAT ANYBODY ELSE THINKS OF HIM.
Perhaps this statement doesn’t seem so powerful to you, but bear with me. Of course, we all care what people think. Even I care. I wake up in the morning, and I choose an appropriate outfit that matches the venue I’ll be arriving at. I’m not trying to impress anybody in particular, but I want to make sure, at the very least, to accommodate the “scene.”
What Charlie Sheen refuses to care about is different. He doesn’t care what labels are being used against him; he doesn’t care which reporter doubts him; and he will not accept anyone else’s definition of “winning.”
One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you. Your actions will not be governed by a potential rumor or somebody else’s opinion or judgment. You can define the term “success” for yourself. You can live up to the standards you set. And most importantly, you can live in accordance with the values that comprise your personal code of ethics.
Nothing other people say will ever disturb your peace if you adopt the right mentality. And always remember: If you care what people think, you are their slave.
November 17, 2011 | 4:29 am
Posted by Nicole Behnam
Google and T-Mobile teamed up Wednesday night for the official Google Music release party at the Mr. Brainwash studio in Los Angeles.
Busta Rhymes opened for Google, teasing the audience with old-school beats before he announced his official signing with Cash Money Records and his excitement about Google Music’s presence on the Android market.
While Maroon 5 was performing, I listened to Paris Hilton ask at least three different people when Drake was performing. “I &*%#ing love Drake,” she kept repeating. Other celebrities were preparing their mobile video-cameras to tape his performance.
Within 5 minutes of Paris Hilton’s incessant and repetitive questioning, loud screams and shrieks from Drake’s fan-base made it clear he was performing. Meanwhile, Paris was texting her BlackBerry PIN to some guy she had just met. Who knows—maybe she didn’t notice Drake on stage. Maybe she was “on one.”
I was standing in front of thousands of people looking up at him. I looked behind me. I watched girls scream, raise their hands hoping for some acknowledgement—I even saw one girl tearing as she held her “Take Care” album up against her chest, as if she was praying to the beat of “Make Me Proud.”
Google Music will be available to customers in the U.S. for the next few days, but Google hopes to reach 200 million Android users globally.
Some of their music is free—other songs are priced at 69 cents, 99 cents or even $1.29 — the same prices on Apple’s iTunes. Adele and Jay-Z’s music will be available for purchase right away. Dozens of Busta Rhymes, Coldplay, and Rolling Stones tracks, however, will be available for free.
I wonder if Paris Hilton’s one-hit-wonder “Stars Are Blind” will be featured on Google Music. Ironic title for her song, no?