Part of my job as the Web producer here at the Tucson Weekly is to sign us up for new social-media sites as they pop up. While many of those sites end up in the dustbin of Internet history, others are bound to stick around and somehow contribute to the flow of information.
It’s in our best interests to be active on social-media sites. While some people check our website every day, others only click through via Facebook links, and yet others talk our metaphorical ears off on Twitter.
This week’s social-media big deal of the moment is a site called VYou.com. The site is about asking questions and having them answered by someone you presumably respect. The answers are given via Web video, building a library of information on various topics. So, if you’ve ever wanted to ask author Chuck Klosterman what the best Dio solo album is, you can now ask, and perhaps get what seems like a personal answer.
It may start getting weird when “regular” people start signing up to answer questions. For example, I signed up for a profile, but what would anyone ask me online that they couldn’t just ask me in person? I put some value in my take on the five greatest Match Game panelists, but no one’s lining up for that nugget of opinion.
In any case, if you’ve ever wanted to ask someone here at the Weekly a question, head to vyou.com/tucsonweekly, and we’ll try to get you a response—even if you’re looking for information about something other than ‘70s game shows.
We brought you lots of election photos, coverage and results, with reporting from the parties of both the Democrats and the Republicans—including almost 60 posts on Election Night alone. We offered ongoing coverage of the aftermath, including the latest vote counts; we posted a great collection of photos from both Election Night parties, courtesy of students at the UA School of Journalism; and we were the first local media outlet to call the Congressional District 8 race after a new batch of votes showed Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a steadily growing lead over Republican challenger Jesse Kelly.
We noted that MSNBC had suspended Countdown host Keith Olbermann after he gave campaign contributions to Giffords and Congressman Raúl Grijalva; told you that Sen. Russell Pearce had been elected president of the state Senate following the GOP’s big win on Tuesday; and informed you that Tucson Reps. Steve Farley and Matt Heinz had been elected to leadership positions in the Arizona House of Representatives.
We told you about zombie erotica; let you know that Margaret Regan’s terrific book, The Death of Josseline, is now available in paperback; and shared a bunch of suggestions about where you can find live music in this town.
We let you know that a world-record matzo ball weighing some 426 pounds was created by chef Jon Wirtis of Shlomo and Vito’s New York Delicatessen; told you that Tom Brunner was back with Brundog’s and La Cocina de Gabby; and suggested you try the banh mi sandwiches at I Luv Pho.
—TucsonWeekly.com commenter Navy-UDT, who seems extremely confused about our voting recommendations.
In other parts of the country, the days when the undead and the macabre are celebrated end in October, but in Tucson, the All Souls Procession is a bigger event than a night marked by kids wandering around in pop-culture costumes. No one can really capture the impact of the Procession, but the footage we took offers some small glimpse into what makes this event one of the nights on the calendar that makes this town livable.
Also on the subject of the undead, we attended a reading for Rigor Amortis at Revolutionary Grounds. We know someone out there is googling “zombie erotica,” so we decided to capture selections from these short stories, as read by their authors, for TucsonWeeklyTV!