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Caleb Logan Bratayley’s Overexposed Life and Strange Death

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 - by Kate O'Hare

There once was a time when getting a TV show was the ultimate exposure, but for millennial YouTube stars, it’s something they often don’t need and don’t necessarily want. They’ve amassed hundreds of thousands or millions of followers, sold lots of merch and raked in yearly incomes that can stretch into seven figures. And for […]

Why I Want to Parent Like Steve Jobs

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

One of the first discussions we had as new parents involved how we were going to introduce technology to our child. For my husband, a computer geek and career engineer, the immediate desire was to get his kid pushing buttons fast. Suddenly he was ready to change cell providers just to get a more rugged […]

The Violet Crow Takes a Borscht Belt Twist on Film Noir for the Ultimate Summer Mystery

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

What do Jews, Quakers and biotech have in common? Jersey, of course, the setting for Michael Sheldon’s debut novel The Violet Crow. Private Detective Bruno X, a rough around the edges Yiddish trash talker with a sixth sense for murder, is called in to consult on an unsolved mystery at a small Quaker school in […]

Feminist Media Ignoring Greatest Thing to Happen to Muslim Women on YouTube…Of Course

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Shugs & Fats, short for Shugufta and Fatima, two Muslim women attempting to negotiate their way into Western culture by encountering every feminist trend in the pop culture playbook. Their YouTube series reminds you of what Saturday Night Live could be, if it were still funny. An irreverent examination of […]

Posting Selfies Does Not Make You a Narcissist

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

What do you think of selfies? Wholly negative? Wholly positive? A mix of good and bad? A recent article tell us: Earlier this year, a pair of researchers at The Ohio State University published their investigation into the relationship between taking selfies and the undesirable psychological traits of narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, or a penchant […]

Is Twitter Losing Its Influence?

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

Across the pond, my friend Damian Thompson asks in the Daily Mail whether the world’s obsession with Twitter is waning: The once invincible Twitter doesn’t want to face up to the truth. It’s not just teens and hipsters who are fed up with tweeting. So are middle-class, middle-aged folk who, five years ago, were constantly checking […]

Is YouTube a ‘Garbage Can,’ as Jerry Seinfeld Says?

Friday, April 17th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

Jerry Seinfeld recently called YouTube “a giant garbage can [...] for user-generated content.” I can’t fault him for saying this. In this narcissistic age, YouTube is just one of the many receptacles of vanity available to the demos. That said, Seinfeld’s comment is ultimately inaccurate. I think it’s useful to think of YouTube not as […]

How Blogging Can Kill You…

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

Andrew Sullivan, of whose posturing and pettiness I’ve been critical in the past, retired from blogging in January, citing burnout and health problems. In a recent interview, Sullivan described in starker detail how constant blogging (up to 40 posts a day) destroyed his health and personal life: “The truth is, I had to stop primarily […]

Inside the Millennial Mind: How Wikipedia Users View the World

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Those GoDaddy Superbowl Ads, Cruel Click Bait, and Other Ways Media Manipulates You

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

Unless you’ve been living in a bunker for the last week,  you’ve probably seen the controversial GoDaddy ad where the lost puppy returns home only to find out he’s been sold online. The ad has been pulled from the Super Bowl lineup and the online version was removed after vocal protests by PETA and other […]

3 Top Lessons from the New Republic Implosion

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - by Kathy Shaidle

Now that the pixel dust has (mostly) settled, we can begin trying to glean some lessons from the sudden crack up of The New Republic. Since its inception 100 years ago, TNR has positioned itself as the journal of American liberalism, when that word was still synonymous with patriotism, freedom and even a hawkish foreign […]

Seeking Relevance, Networks Broadcast Live

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

David Bauder at the AP reports: Networks are adjusting to the changed world of how people watch their programs: hours or weeks later on DVR, online or on-demand. But the industry’s financial structure hasn’t caught up yet, so viewers who watch when a program is first aired – once the only way to watch – […]

9 Fascinating Facts about Senior Citizens and Technology

Friday, May 16th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

Recent surveys highlight the fact that seniors lag behind the younger generation in the adoption and usage of technology. Based on interviews with more than 1500 adults age 65 and over, Pew researchers found they could roughly divide senior citizens into two groups. The first group is “younger, more highly educated, or more affluent.” They […]

Look at Lana

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - by Hannah Sternberg

The first thing I thought when I saw this announcement of Lana Del Rey’s new single “West Coast” off her upcoming album Ultraviolence, was, “Oh, wow, she’s brunette now. I wonder where she’s going to go with that.” I’ve written before about the importance of Lana Del Rey’s image in her music, and how that image […]

LinkedIn is Really, Really Creepy

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

Is it just me or are there others out there who feel like LinkedIn is really, really creepy? This week, after weeks of ignoring me, the social networking site sent me four consecutive emails: One from someone who wanted to connect with me, one suggestion of someone LinkedIn thinks I might like to connect with, […]

Prophetic 2004 ACLU Video Warned About Government Data Collection

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden wasn’t the first to warn about the dangers of the government spying on American citizens through massive data collection programs.  Several groups, including the ACLU, have been banging the drum about the  issues of data privacy for many years. The passage of the Patriot Act in the wake of the […]

How Parents Are Winning the Common Core Debate

Monday, January 20th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

George Will gave a good accounting of many of the objections to the Common Core Standards Initiative in his Washington Post column on Wednesday, pointing out that the standards spring from a top-down, big government approach to education that threatens to live on in perpetuity because the Common Core is tied to generous federal bribes — and […]

Ed Driscoll: New Media Master and Cultural Conquistador

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 - by Dave Swindle

This is Week 2 of Season 3 in my new 13 Weeks of Wild Man Writing and Radical Reading Series. Every week day I try to blog about compelling writers, their ideas, and the news cycle’s most interesting headlines. In the previous installment of this ongoing series I announced the next category of my favorite writers […]

Beating Present Shock: 5 Secrets To Survive 21st Century Technology Overdose (Part II)

Friday, October 4th, 2013 - by Chris Yogerst

Click here for the first two tips in Part I of this 2-part review. 3. Overwinding This chapter in Rushkoff’s book is perfectly subtitled “the short forever.” In the previous section I gave my own personal example of trying to get everything accomplished in an unrealistically short amount of time. When we try to accomplish […]

Beating Present Shock: 5 Secrets To Survive 21st Century Technology Overdose (Part I)

Friday, September 27th, 2013 - by Chris Yogerst

Do you understand how media works? If not, it might control you. Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s last book, Program or Be Programmed, took on this question about media and our comprehension of it. Without a working knowledge of how information systems work, Rushkoff argues, we run the risk of being easily duped. This is a […]

Proud Member of the Cumberbatch Brigade

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Benedict Cumberbatch is sexy. Not because of his hipster name or “geek is the new cool” look (those are merely a plus). Benedict Cumberbatch is sexy because he’s got the guts to redirect the limelight on more important news than the shooting of series 3 of the BBC’s Sherlock. “Go photograph Egypt and show the […]

Plain Dealer Editors: Trayvon Was Murdered

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 - by Paula Bolyard

An August 3rd editorial in the the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, “Notes of a native son, as President Obama addresses race,” referred to the murder of Trayvon Martin: Obama wanted to explain to those Americans who have never been followed, suspected or singled out because of the color of their skins [sic] why those who have took [sic] the murder […]

Ashley Judd’s Naked Run for U.S. Senate

Thursday, March 14th, 2013 - by Walter Hudson

Last week brought to light a likely Democratic challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from actress-turned-politico Ashley Judd. The Daily Caller responded to the news with a jab at Judd’s character, pointing out how often she has been nude throughout her film career. This triggered a firestorm of indignation on the Left, with writers […]

The Plan So I Don’t Waste the Last Year of My 20s

Friday, February 1st, 2013 - by Dave Swindle

On Tuesday I turned 29. Apparently this is one of those “milestone” birthdays meant to suggest that now I’m really growing old and should start worrying or feeling worse about myself in some abstract way. Apparently when you’re 30 it means that the party decade is over and you should scrape the cheeto dust out […]