From the Mouths of Babes: Free Speech and Technology in Schools

Mark Twain, sage of the 19th century Mississippi that inspired his Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, once suggested that when he was a teenager, his own father was so irredeemably stupid that the old man’s mere presence was unbearable ….and how amazing it was that the dumb bastard relic had got a lot smarter by the time Twain passed his 21st birthday.… [Read more]

The Facebook Woes

Oh Facebook.

As U2’s Bono crooned, “I can’t live…with or without you.”

Almost everyone I know is on Facebook.  I must check it ninety-bazillion times a day. On my desktop, my phone, my laptop.  It’s gone from something for fun to pure habit.  If I am idle for more than five seconds, I find myself scrolling through my Twitter feed or checking my Facebook feed or peeking at Instagram.… [Read more]

Privacy: Not Everyone Is Watching, But Some Are

There’s a lot of fear-mongering going on in the world right now. So, I am going to preface this article by telling you not to worry. Don’t get upset. Don’t panic. Maybe, just maaaaaaybe, be a little concerned. Why? Because, earlier this year, Christian Paetsch robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Aurora, Colorado.

This is not a public service announcement about banking safety.… [Read more]

Social Media and Education

I have been “on the internet” (if you count e-mail) since before most of my students were born.

(Side note: Holy Moses. How can that be true?? I am so youthful! Ahem.)

In college (late 90’s/early 00’s), I had my first website — a sample teaching site I created using DreamWeaver that I thought was amazing (it was not, and I never used it again).… [Read more]

YouTube Ban Shows Lack of True Democracy in Pakistan

Pakistan’s government was trying to prove its commitment to Islamic ideals and sacredness of Islamic faith when it ordered a ban on YouTube in September following the release of the video Innocence of Muslims, which proved blasphemous to Islamic beliefs. The little religious storm in the political cup was soon over and today, hardly anyone seems to be bothered by the memory of that film.… [Read more]

Does Mitt Romney’s ‘Director of Social Media’ Tweet with His Authority?

Why in God’s name is Mitt Romney‘s Social Media Director, Bill Murphy, “retweeting” racist claptrap about the “inevitable black on white race war?” And how can Romney keep him on his staff?

Bill Murphy, former associate of convicted felon and creator of the Vice and Victory Agency, Ali Akbar (click here for links to multiple stories about Akbar) retweeted this piece of hate propaganda from the Pat Dollard blog.… [Read more]

Getting Back Into the Pool: Online Dating – A User’s Perspective, Part II

Part Two: Do’s and a few “Please don’ts!”

In part one, I covered the basics. Let’s move on. Instant messages….they can be fun. It’s a great way to get to know someone, isn’t it? You can chat online and have fun. But they can also be a drag. Here’s what I mean:

I’m online and I get an alert that lets me know that JohnBoy2010 wants to chat with me.… [Read more]

Mitt the Twit…ter Man

Recently, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that his campaign was poised to pick his running mate. A collective, “OK Whatever” rang out, especially when more and more political pundits and registered voters are becoming increasingly interested in Mitt’s tax returns. Sensing that the running mate selection game was losing steam, if it ever really had any, Team Willard decided to go the way of social boldness by declaring that the next potential Vice President of the U.S.… [Read more]

Myanmar Violence – Facts and Concerns

Electronic media in Pakistan is just starting to pick up the topic of the recent riots in Myanmar which allegedly led to the killing of thousands of Muslims. Religious groups in Pakistan are particularly expressing anger and condemnation of these reported killings while also asking why international media sources are silent about the killings. Even in many Muslim countries, including Pakistan, this allegedly big massacre, started after the reported rape of a Buddhist girl by three Muslims in late May, i.e.… [Read more]

Now The President’s Social Security Number is Under Attack. Who’s Next, The Family Dog?

A good chunk of my work day is spent managing social media. I scroll through Twitter feeds looking to engage in conversations. It’s fun. It’s also pretty sad. As much as I love Twitter, it really can be the Land of the Stupid. From misspelling of the word “The” to just plain old asinine chatter, Twitter is not a place for the faint of heart.… [Read more]

Social Media Can Inspire…

…blinding rage.

Don’t Hit me with False Statistics

Social media is known to have many benefits, included among them are professional networking and connecting with people with whom we share similar interests. However, as with any other medium by which a wide range of people can gather, there are negatives as well — and at the top of the list is the lack of privacy and oversharing.… [Read more]

A Secret To Tell

Within every human there are thoughts, there are stories, and there are insights. Every individual possesses them in the far reaches of his or her heart. When they are not shared with anyone, they are known as secrets. Imagine, there are people walking this earth at this very moment in time, keeping some of those secrets so bottled up inside, that it clogs the very flow of their emotions preventing them from forming genuine intimate bonds with others.… [Read more]

Kony Island: The Case for a US 2012 Viral Campaign

Something odd and not so funny happened yesterday after I logged into my social accounts. I heard an awful lot about some dude named Joseph Kony. There was a link on my Facebook page to Kony 2012. My first thought was, ‘It’s finally happened. The GOP has found a new candidate, some random Tea Party guy named Kony’.… [Read more]

Can Twitter Help Predict the GOP Presidential Candidate?

Caucuses, straw polls, primaries, and Twitter. This is how the GOP presidential candidate will be decided in 2012. Well, maybe not actually on Twitter, but political pundits are watching Twitter closely this election cycle as if peering into a crystal ball. Can anything be gleaned from the Twitter feed?

As social media continues to grow in number of active users and collective influence, these sites are providing valuable feedback this election cycle.… [Read more]

(anti-)Social Media Blitz

I was just lying in bed (or rather, the tiny mattress on the floor that serves as my bed) in a daze, wondering how the hell I’m supposed to cough up a page about the topic I chose for this week: Is social media making us less social? It’s not that I don’t know what to say about this, it’s just me being neurotic.… [Read more]

Susan G. Komen Foundation Learns About the Power of Social Media

Social Media is a powerful tool to bring about change. It is a place where an individual can join together with like-minded people to make a difference.

At a time when so many are frustrated with politicians and the lack of change happening in Washington, it is encouraging to see people rising up collectively to force Congress to suspend an anti-piracy law decision and also to bring a large organization to it’s knees in the course of a month.… [Read more]