Outlaw Art and Extreme Selfies in Life

Astronaut selfie

The line has been blurry between art and life for some time.  What has changed is that we (all of us!) can now more readily and artistically capture life. Extreme selfies and outlaw Instagrammers highlight new questions to defining art–or even defining selfies.  Is it the intention of the creator or the perception of the audience? […]

Facebook’s Research Dilemma: Did They Violate Ethical or Social Contracts?

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Facebook is getting serious flack for manipulating member news feeds to measure the emotional impact of positive and negative posts on member moods.  Legal or not, this spells bigger trouble for Facebook because it violates the basic premise upon which their empire is founded—relationships—and the social contract of fairness. Facebook is in the spotlight…again.  This time, it […]

Streetchat, SnapChat, Yik Yak & 5 Basic Media Literacy Rules for Teens (and Parents)

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A new app makes headlines every week as teens migrate to the next new thing, and in the way of teens, do things that horrify their parents.  These are teen rituals, all the posturing, flirting and experimenting.  We all did it.  We just didn’t have SnapChat, YikYak, ooVoo or StreetChat to embarrass our parents and take […]

Spornosexuality, Body Image and Boys

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We’ve spent all kinds of energy worrying about girls and body image.  Trends like ‘spornosexuals’ in the media (athletes and other celebrities with their shirts off showing off their abs) remind us not to neglect boys that I wrote about in a previous post (The Spornosexual: Should Beckham Keep His Shirt On?).  There are always […]

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