Polarized Nation: So…What Can We Do?

In a nation so polarized, there are outpourings of concern on social media and between friends during everyday life. It is natural for us to seek the like-mindedness of our friends and colleagues during these tumultuous times.

Carrying on this way can be comforting at first, but we have to consider the question, “what can we do to actually make a difference?” The United States is a democratic country.… [Read more]

Ways for You to Let People Know about Your Business in the Current Economic Environment

The current economy is sound, still enjoying the positive changes that took place during the Obama administration. But that doesn’t mean the businesses that are prospering should rest easy. In business, it’s never a good idea to just sit back and wait for people to come to you. Instead, you should constantly be on the lookout for ways to attract new customers.… [Read more]

Politically Passionate? What It Takes to Successfully Lead While in Office

Getting involved in politics is something that many people think that they can do, but it takes a special person to be able to work in this area. You need to be able to communicate with others and listen to what the people have to say as you want to try to make things right for everyone.… [Read more]

Voter Registration Is Being Encouraged

It is no secret that the 2016 United States presidential election will be one of the most important in the history of the country. There are many critical issues that the new president will have a say in. For example, it is conceivable that as many as four Supreme Court appointments will need to be made within the next four years.… [Read more]

How to Host an Offbeat Business Event

Business events are often deathly boring. The guests stand around making small-talk and nibbling on snacks, wondering how long they have to endure the tedium before they can slide out of a side exit door. If this is your idea of a fun business event, then great, go right ahead, but if you prefer the idea of guests talking about your event for months afterwards, then here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.… [Read more]

Judicial Terror: Pakistani Court Sentences Man 13 Years of Prison for Facebook Posting

Thirteen years of prison and a fine of ($2,300) – only for an offensive Facebook posting of a Shia sect member in Chiniot, Punjab, in Pakistan. The case hasn’t evoked a media furor but is another alarming example of the judicial vandalism that is rampant in Pakistan under the current government.

ABS-CBN is one of the few media outlets that published the AFP story of the case.… [Read more]

Learning the Background Story of International Telecommunication Companies

Many people around the world take mobile technology for granted. It is nothing for them to make a phone call on their cell phone or connect their mobile device to wireless Internet. However, in some parts of the world like Afghanistan, mobile technology is a new and much appreciated innovation that helps make people’s daily lives easier and more convenient.… [Read more]

5 Ways to Market Yourself on the Internet

In today’s world, it’s not enough to have a strong resume and cover letters on paper ready to hand to potential employers. Thanks to the advantages of the Internet, you can market yourself vastly improving your career opportunities while making it easier for employers to find and hire you based on evident talent. Examples such as Charles Phillips’ profile are essentially online resumes that can be accessed by virtually anyone at any time.… [Read more]

Is Technology Ruining Our Relationships?

Banksy, a notorious and admired urban graffiti artist, created a mural in Bristol, U.K. that shows two people, presumably a couple, hugging and looking at their respective cellphones over each other’s shoulders.

The mural has the world talking. The mysterious artist isn’t known for vandalism but rather social commentary—art that becomes political discussion. And this unsolicited public artwork asks: “Is social media making us antisocial?”

We Can’t Multitask

Nielsen, the leading global information and measurement company (and the company best known for dishing out television ratings), reports that smartphones are changing our daily routine.… [Read more]

Smartphones and Journalism: The Future Is Mobile

When you think of what a smartphone can do for a journalist, you probably think of a voice recorder that will record thoughts and audio interviews, a built-in video cam that can record live events and a high-resolution camera that can take photos on the run. However, there are many more smartphone tools that journalists use today that are indispensable.… [Read more]

Ten Ways That Social Media Changes Politics

With Facebook and Twitter boasting hundreds of millions of users, social media reaches a wider audience than could our earlier sources of political information, and has become a dominant force in molding public opinion and winning elections. Here’s a look at some of the things that have happened along the way.

1)    Journalists face extinction.

Readers “of a certain age” will recall that not too long ago, we got our news from such trusted sources as Walter Cronkite, our local news anchors, and the esteemed columnists in daily papers and monthly news magazines.… [Read more]

Do U BYOD?

When our students and teachers returned to school, they may have been thinking about the changes ahead for the spring term of the school year. One of the big changes on the minds of many in education, and one that is likely to weigh on public school teachers’ is the concept of BYOD, or bring your own device.… [Read more]

Business Trends That Will Affect Your Business Direction

As is the case in the U.S., there are times when businesses must change direction in order to compete effectively in a global marketplace. One of the U.S.’ political allies is also a significant business ally — and the issues and trends that affect many of our business operations are the same as those affecting domestic businesses, including knowledge of the marketplace and how best to manage operations.… [Read more]

The Big Benefits of Social Media For Women

While women have made huge strides in gender equality and perceptions, some stereotypes have  come back to haunt us again in revised forms. According to one especially reductive “Mars and Venus” formula, men use Facebook and LinkedIn to increase serious opportunities, as well as for purely social functions, while for women such media are just a way to share cheesecake recipes and coo over baby pictures.… [Read more]

How Your Online Life Can Affect Your Offline Life

It seems like our online and offline lives are getting increasingly difficult to keep separate. Particularly with so many of us owning smartphones, it’s as if we’re never truly disconnected from the lives that we’ve built on the internet. Yet, most would still be willing to make a distinction between the virtual online world and real life, thus the debate continues to be (at least for the time being) how the virtual world affects our reality.… [Read more]

Abe Akie Wants You To “Like” Her Husband

In a nation where we’re constantly bombarded online with targeted political messaging (think back to the Obama For President 2012 5-a-day email bomb), it might be easy to forget how charming that kind of attention used to be.

As hyper-connected to technology as Japan is, it has mostly been through traditional channels that politicians have tried to reach voters.… [Read more]

Kids and Screens – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about allowing my three-and-a-half-year old have access to many different screens and how we monitor it.[Read more]

Somebody IS Watching Me…and You, Too.

I’m just an average man with an average life I work from 9 to 5, hey, hell I pay the price All I want is to be left alone in my average home But why do I always feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone and

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me And I have no privacy Oh, oh, oh, I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me Tell me is it just a dream

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me And I have no privacy Oh, oh, oh, I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me Tell me is it just a dream*

Those lyrics came to mind when the story of the Raytheon Corporation’s latest development was revealed.… [Read more]

Kids and Screens – Part 1

My son is three and a half years old. He has used my husband’s tablet, my Nook, both of our phones, a laptop, and the wii. He has his own Leap Frog and a V-tech tablet. Yet, he spends most of his day having tea parties or playing trains or running around outside.

Some people are horrified at the number of “screens” my son can manipulate and use.… [Read more]

Leave a Message After the Click: Active Participation in Government

We the people…” Those three words are from the preamble for one of the most powerful governing documents ever written. While those few words don’t assign power, they speak to what citizens can accomplish when we work together and hone our focus. And when we have the right tools, our collective focus may have a significantly greater impact.… [Read more]