Top of the posts in 2012: Kony, Tulisa’s sex tape and the Google Nexus 10 tablet
This year has been an eventful one to say the least. From Jeremy Clarkson and Tulisa to gendercide and shisha, the top posts of 2012 show just how diverse the Blogs section has been in its reaction to news and current affairs.
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Here are the most read blogs of this year according to the stats:
1. Stop Kony, yes. But don’t stop asking questions By Musa Okwonga
Musa Okwonga analysed Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign and talked about the NGOs already trying to help improve the quality of life for people in Uganda.
Earlier this year a sex tape featuring X Factor judge and pop singer Tulisa Contostavlos was leaked onto the internet. Laura Davis talked about celebrity privacy and the sex tape in relation to the law.
3. Google announces Nexus 10 tablet with iPad-beating specs By Alex Masters
This year Apple unveiled its latest generation of iPads, not to be outdone Google released the Nexus 10 tablet which makes for a worthy rival. Alex Masters looked at the specifications of Google’s new offering.
4. Cannabis use in teenagers and the long-term risk to IQ By Donald Singer
Donald Singer discussed a report that was released this year looking at the potential harm of cannabis in the long-term in relation to IQ levels. The study carried out by scientists in Otago, at Duke University, USA and King’s College London, IQ and monitored cannabis use in participants for over 25 years from the ages 13 to 38.
5. It’s a girl: The three deadliest words in the world By Ram Mashru
The UN reports approximately 200 million girls in the world today are ‘missing’. India and China are said to eliminate more female infants than the number of girls born in the US each year. Ram Mashru looked at the practice of gendercide in South Asia and the killing of unwanted baby girls amid the release of documentary It’s a Girl!
6. Twitter’s 6th Birthday: A look back By Chloe Hamilton
Social networking site Twitter turned six this year, Chloe Hamilton reflected on the incredible journey the company has gone on since its conception in 2006.
7. Google Play Music and Movies heading to Google TV in the UK next week By Alex Masters
Last month Google confirmed plans to roll out Google Play Music and Movies content to the Google TV service in the United Kingdom, Germany and France, Alex Masters took a look at why UK users have a reason to consider the Google TV experience.
8. Is shisha as harmful as cigarettes? By Betty McBride
Shisha smoking through exotic looking waterpipes has become a common sight in city streets across the UK. Betty McBride gave the facts on smoking shisha and explained how new research shows that it can be just as harmful as smoking cigarettes.
9. The ugly face of TV: How Jeremy Clarkson brought facial prejudice to a head By Rich McEachran
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is known for his controversial comments and on an episode of the show this year he compared the size of a new Japanese car to people with growths on their faces. Rich McEachran who has a non-malignant growth on the right side of his face spoke about why facial prejudice must be tackled.
10. Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch, and other trends on Twitter By Josh Barrie
Twitter is known for its trending topics but by far the most quirky trend this year was ‘Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch’. Josh Barrie talked about the power of the social networking site and how it has been a source for good as well as the trivial.
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