Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:
Miss USA Rima Fakih – When the Miss USA pageant is in town, you never know what's going to happen or what headlines may show up the next day. And this year didn't disappoint – in some very good and bad ways. The biggest attention following the show centered on the newly crowned winner, Rima Fakih, who is the first Muslim to nab the top spot. And the Web hasn't stopped chattering about it all day. People have been talking about the positive impact of a female Muslim winning the crown – and the Detroit Free Press piece on Fakih that discusses the cultural significance of the win – especially since "some Arab Americans – in particular, Muslims – aren't keen on seeing their daughters and sisters participate in beauty pageants that feature public displays of the body."
And when there are those who praise, there are those who ... well, don't. With all of the positive press being thrown Fakih's way, her newfound fame has also meant that she's got people digging for the negative. Lots of chatter on the Web (where Miss USA, Rima Fakih, Miss USA results and tons of other keywords have topped the day) has also centered around allegations of racy photos and some of the perceived negative press from right-wing bloggers and talking heads. There's talk of "affirmative action" pageants, unsubstantiated claims about her families ties, and overall feelings that the pageant was thrown just so a Muslim could win. In particular, many people are commenting on Michelle Malkin's piece tackling some of the stumbles the "gaffetastic" Fakih, as she calls her, made along the way to getting the crown, including some allegedly improper statements on birth control.
"Imagine if those words had come out of the mouth of Carrie Prejean or Sarah Palin," Malkin wrote. "Fakih’s cheerleaders are too busy tooting the identity politics horn to care what comes out of her mouth."
Twieber - Did I just make a mistake? Is this about Twitter, or Justin Bieber? Yes, you're reading that right. The social media and teen sensation giants have been one and the same for a long time, after Biebermania took over the Web and fans tweeted left and right about everything the young star with hair that is always perfectly pointed forward was doing. But this weekend Twitter announced the love affair was about to be over – they were changing the way they calculated Twitter Trends with a new algorithm, and that would have meant the fall of the trending champ. But his fans wouldn't have it. After Bieber himself tweeted wondering about the change, his fans figured out they could outsmart the social media algorithm by making their own Twieber social media network and talking about Bieber as Twieber – or even Jieber. "Twitter, your move next," the Bieber fans collectively texted. Well played, teens. We'll score this: Beliebers 1, Twitter 1.
Tradeworx speed trading - Remember last week when the stock market went on an out-of-control spiral – at one point dipping nearly 1,000 points in one day? In the days after the event, people blamed it on "fat fingers" that typed billion instead of million somewhere. There were a wide range of reasons given. CNN's Ali Velshi said on this blog that the real problem was the computer-heavy and computer-speeding trading these days. And that seems to have resonated with people looking to find out more about these speedy traders – including about Tradeworx, one such company that the New York Times wrote about in a blog.