My Five: Five things worth sharing from the last week (or so), brought to you by a different member of the Browser Media team every Friday.
This week’s My Five is by Tom.
1) Introducing the Youtube Music Awards
Jackass and Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze has been announced as the creative director of the first ever Youtube Music Awards. November 3 will feature live performances from Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire, but despite the huge names YouTube seem to be going for the quirky, indie approach. Along with the unusual choice of Jonze as showrunner, Jason Schwartzman will present the awards. He tells us all about it in the video below.
2) Remember your privacy settings, kids
Another day, another Facebook-related blunder.
The last words of two parents to their 17-year old son before they left him at home as they went on holiday were: “Don’t have any parties.” Guess what happened? Their million-pound house was wrecked by 600 teenagers. The Telegraph reported that the kid was fairly lax when it came to his Facebook privacy settings, and unwanted revellers quickly came knocking. One ruined house complete with smashed skylight, case of alcohol poisoning and emergency dispatch of riot police later, the party was broken up in something straight out of a movie.
3) Silk Road shut down by FBI
The go-to place for drug buying and trafficking, Silk Road, has been shut down by the FBI. A website on the Deep Web, Silk Road operated on the Tor hidden service – used in order to retain anonymity and safety when engaging in illicit behaviour.
The site used Bitcoins – a kind of virtual currency, which assists with anonymity. After an agent followed a fascinating trail of forum comments and email addresses going back over two years, the owner of Silk Road was identified as Ross Ulbricht. He was arrested in possession of around $3.6 million (£2.2 million) worth of bitcoins, and the site was shut down. For now…
4) Miley Cyrus one step closer to Lindsay Lohan
The next chapter in Miley Cyrus’ slow spiral downwards to insanity opens with a letter from Sinead O’Connor. The singer has pleaded with Cyrus to prevent the music industry from making a “prostitute” of her, referring to Cyrus’ recent increasingly raunchy antics. Cyrus has hit back by publishing photos of her aggressively posing with her lady parts out and mocking O’Connor’s mental health. My, my. I wonder what her father would say.
We love a good joke here at Browser Media, but none more than cheese jokes. Here’s our favourite:
Q: What was left after the French cheese factory explosion?
A: De brie.