Almost Famous: The Stars of Social Media

Q&A: YouTube Star ‘Shoenice’ Chugs Deadly Amounts of Liquor for Fame

A typical day in the life of Shoenice. (Screengrab: YouTube)

The YouTube sensation known as Shoenice has proven that shock factor can still get you to the top. He’s achieved Internet fame by filling his channel with eating and drinking stunts that leave viewers with their jaws on the ground.

In his three years on YouTube, Chris Schewe has uploaded more than 550 videos, the vast majority of which showcase his outrageous stunts that could be fatal for others. The most popular videos are his alcohol “slams,” wherein he downs entire bottles of liquor in seconds. From the comfort of his own home, he’s slammed a bottle of Patrón (14 seconds), a bottle of Everclear (15 seconds), a small bottle of Bacardi 151 (6 six seconds) and four Jegar bombs (33 seconds) among many, many more. He’s also eaten condoms, a tube of painter’s caulk and Kim Kardashian. Read More

gatekeeper

The Comedy of Error Messages: Wi-fi in the Subway

Delays owing to signal failure (Flickr)

During a recent morning rush on the subway, something new happened.

At about quarter to nine on a jam-packed D train, as the doors opened at Rockefeller Center, my cell phone rang.

I was mortified.

First, I didn’t even know it was possible for phones to ring in the subway. Second, it seemed like the height of bad manners to be getting a call in such a crowded space. Read More

International Relations

The French President Hates Social Media Because People Are Mean

J'ai mal Internet! (Photo: French website)

The next time you’re refreshing Twitter, remember that somewhere French President François Hollande is floating on his magic croissant carpet and judging you.

A French newspaper asked him yesterday about his social media habits and after presumably giving the reporter a stink eye he pooh-poohed the notion that he would waste anytime on those things

“I look when they show me,” Mr. Hollande said to Le Parisien about the idea of even glancing over at an app. “There’s an addictive side to all that stuff that you need to defend against.” Read More

All Paws On Deck

Cat People Dress Like Cats To Attend Cat Video Film Festival

internet cat video film festival

“I’m wearing a tail,” a tall man in a dark jacket said into his phone, trying to locate a friend.

He didn’t appear to be actively wearing the tail as we walked by. But Tamara Bennett, an ASPCA volunteer I met outside the Nassau G station, reminded me that all we really knew was that he wasn’t wearing it “outside his pants.” Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Social Media Expert Katy Perry Has Some Advice About Your Tweeting

Gets it. (Photo: Facebook.)

Do you ever draft a tweet but wonder to yourself “Oh, I don’t know about this one, but I wish Katy Perry was here to help me?” Well, if that’s keeping you wide awake, you can now rest easy because the singer-cum-social media ninja has released her guidelines on proper Internet usage.

In a something (guess we’ll call it an interview?) with USA Today the sparkly bb said her millions of followers have taught her to the proper way to “tame that social media dragon” that comes roaring out of all of us. Read More