There are over 300 million tweets sent from around the world every day. Because Twitter has become such a major source for global news and conversations, we pull weekly trends to discover what the world is talking about. Here’s some of the highlights:
#1: Lou Reed
A rock legend died this week. Lou Reed, the infamous front man for 1960s cult rock band Velvet Underground, passed away Sunday at the age of 71. Lou Reed’s rock n’ roll poetry profoundly influenced generations of musicians, taking rock to darker places than ever heard before. Right up there with The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and Bob Dylan’s “Blonde On Blonde” albums, Velvet Underground’s first album “The Velvet Underground & Nico” (with Warhol’s infamous banana art front-cover) rocked the music world forever.
Walk on the Wild Side, Perfect Day, Sweet Jane, Sunday Morning… Let’s face it – Lou has so many hits that to name only a few doesn’t do them justice. While my generation wasn’t directly affected by the emergence of rock n’ roll, Lou Reed contributed to a significant part of my childhood soundtrack – mostly thanks to my rock n’ roll dad.
“We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem,”said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a conference on energy and the environment at an international science forum in Kyoto, Japan on Sunday. “My country needs your knowledge and expertise.” Two and a half years after Fukushima’s nuclear power plant disaster, the world’s worst since Chernobyl in 1986, the Japanese government is reaching out to the world.
According to Russian research, the safe level of radiation is 1-13 millisieverts per year. At Fukushima, the current level of radiation that has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean is estimated at 100 millisieverts per hour. Radiation levels in Pacific Ocean fish has been a major concern since the disaster, however recent reports confirm that Japanese fish contain unsafe levels of radioactive cesium.
Just one day before Japan’s public outreach for support on this global emergency, Japan’s coast washit with another 7.3 earthquake. Tsunamis of up to 40 centimetres were reported along the coast.
#3: Russell Brand
From writing a booky wook to calling for a political revolution, Russell Brand is making power moves – to say the least. His most recent interview with BBC on the issues in the UK’s system of democracy has gone viral. Brand says that the government needs to do more to end income inequality and strengthen environmental regulations on corporations before he will vote for a political party. Since his call for revolution, people around the globe have either sided with the comedian or rebuked him for not only having harsh political views of the British system, but also meddling in too many public issues. Whether or not people side with Brand, he does have a point that youth today believe that their vote is irrelevant – until something changes.
#4: Maya Gabeira
Surfer babe Maya Gabeira had a brush with death this week after taking on a XXL wave. Gabeira nearly drowned surfing one of the world’s largest waves at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal, where monstrous waves pour in from the depths of the largest underwater canyon in Europe. Multiple viral videos show Carlos Burle making several failed attempts before rescuing her on his jet ski. Since then, Maya shared an image from the hospital to show fans on social media that she’s okay.
It’s that time of year again where tickle trunks are dusted off and costumes are pieced together. From spooky recipes and ghoulish party tips to adorable baby or puppy costume pics, social media is the place to look for anything and everything related to Halloween.
The first planned terrorist attack in recent history for Beijing occurred this week in the infamous Tiananmen Square. All three attackers died in a car explosion that killed two tourists and injured several others outside of the Forbidden City gate in Beijing. Police have arrested five suspects in the attack, although authorities quickly cleaned up all evidence outside of the gates to restore the tourist attraction once again.
As the extent of America’s NSA surveillance on the rest of the world hits the media, Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry could be heading for rough international relationships. This week it was revealed that the NSA is allegedly phone tapping up to 35 world leaders’ cellphones. Instead of discussing Mideast peace, Syria and Iran this week in Paris and Rome, John Kerry was met with international outrage over the scope of the US’ spying. This leaked information threatens to undermine US foreign policy, to say the least.
Several hundred people marched in Nairobi, Kenya this week on behalf of 16-year-old “Liz” who was walking home from her grandfather’s funeral, and was attacked and gang raped. The attackers’ punishment was to cut the lawn outside of the police station. Since then, people around the world have taken to social media to report this injustice and bring the perpetrators and the police officers (with their lack of punishment) to justice.
#9: Rob Ford
It was confirmed this week that Toronto police have in their possession a video linking the now infamous mayor Rob Ford to a drug dealer and extortionist. It has yet to be announced what will happen to Canada’s most-interesting mayor, but a court date is in his near future. This news further confirms months of speculation that Toronto’s political leader smokes crack cocaine. This wasn’t taken lightly on Twitter, as Twitterers (and the world for that matter) love(s) controversial, juicy gossip like this.