How to Navigate the Brave New (Under) World of Social Media

For all the connectedness that social media can bring—the excited Facebook status updates, the perfectly-posed Instagram photos, the enlightening political banter on Twitter—recently-leaked guidelines about how Facebook moderators wrangle with content on the platform show a disturbingly dark side of humanity. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms, people often seem compelled to … Continued

Parenting

Should a ‘Denver Post’ Reporter Been Fired for a Dumb Tweet?

At some point during the last ten or twenty years our culture shifted from accountability and forgiveness to intolerance and overreaction. One reason for this is the prevalence of social justice monitors eager to enforce their own vision of political correctness, aided and abetted by instantaneous punishment meted out on social media. Everyone is now … Continued

Culture

Director Joss Whedon is a Jerk on Twitter. Should We Care?

Twitter often lets us share more than we should about ourselves. Or, in the case of Hollywood director Joss Whedon, it reveals private thoughts he’d be better off keeping private. Whedon, who successfully brought Marvel’s “The Avengers” to the big screen, can’t quit Twitter despite threatening to do so every few weeks. And boy, should … Continued

Celebrities

I Re-Tweet Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets, Therefore I Am

How much do you like fast food? Let’s be more specific: What are you willing to do for some free Wendy’s chicken nuggets? Before you start leaping off cliffs or skateboarding into traffic, keep in mind that in the Internet era you might not have to do much at all; just post to your favorite … Continued

Culture

Puppy Agitprop

We know we live in fractured times, but has it really come to this? One of the world’s cutest Twitter handles, @EmergencyPuppy, which used to offer frequent doses of adorable puppy to help you get through the day, has decided to become yet another liberal cliché in the Trump Era. New York magazine quoted the … Continued

Culture

After the Swearing-In, President Trump Should Swear Off Twitter

The Associated Press reports that someone on the Trump transition team finally succeeded in taking away the soon-to-be 45th President’s mobile phone. What they did not do, evidently, is take away his Twitter account. And that’s a shame, since although Trump clearly relishes Twitter combat (earlier in the week he made the mistake of responding to … Continued

Politics

Teach Your Children Well — Except if it’s How to Spell

Of all the questionable uses for Twitter these days, one would think that a bit of gentle humor by a school administrator wouldn’t be cause for alarm. But evidently in Frederick County, Maryland, tweeting a joke at a student is enough to get oneself fired, as “Web Experience Coordinator” Katie Nash found out the hard … Continued

Culture

Twitter’s Political Double Standard

Even before the film was released, there was an extraordinary amount of vitriol in the geek universe about the casting and roles of the four women involved in the new Ghostbusters remake. Based on a cult classic that starred four male actors, the new version stars Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones … Continued

Entertainment

How Social Media Turns us into Know-Nothings

How many times a day does a friend (excuse me, a “friend”) on Facebook share something with you? Do you assume that because someone bothered to share something with you that it’s worth reading? Do you click on the link and dive into whatever interesting news story your “friend” thought you’d like? Or do you … Continued

Culture

Is the Future of Fashion a Dress that can Tweet?

In a recently-opened exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, designers of so-called technological style showcased the future of fashion, including “clothes that respond to the environment, dresses you can tweet, and garments that come off a 3-D printer ready to wear.”  Such innovations in #techstyle are “poised to have a profound impact on the … Continued

Fashion, Tech