December 7, 2014 |
Can public conversation be social work? That question arose again in a grand conversation among hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter amid the turmoil and soul-searching of an extraordinary week. When grand juries decided not to indict police either time, marches in Philadelphia and across the country over the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., dovetailed into more marches over the July 17 death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. The question hovering over all was: Do this country's legal and law-enforcement system protect whites and African Americans equally?
December 5, 2014 |
Second of two parts 'We have to support the people in Ferguson," said Kashara White, 22. "We can't let them be shot by rubber bullets while we sit here twiddling our thumbs worrying about who got shot next. We have to put our bodies on the line. " White was standing in the streets of Philadelphia on Nov. 25, the day after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who on Aug. 9 fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. White took part in a peaceful demonstration in Philadelphia, one organized largely via social media.
December 3, 2014 |
First of two parts 'Nothing should be normal or everyday about accepting all this," says Ferguson, Mo., Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes. "Social media has helped ensure the images and agony stay fresh in people's minds. " Ferguson stays fresh. On Sunday, members of the St. Louis Rams did a pregame salute in protest of what they saw as police violence in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. That angered the St. Louis Police Association, which called on the National Football League to punish the players.
November 27, 2014 |
The night of Ferguson was a study, according to someone who is there, in "how social media make everything everyone's business, whether you want that or not. " Ferguson Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes, speaking by phone from the St. Louis suburb, said social media - "Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Vimeo, YouTube" - had helped local people share their fears and feelings. "It has kept the conversation going," she said, "and it has helped inform people about the evidence and circumstances.
November 25, 2014 |
It's not every day you're told to go to a dark parking lot in Southwest Philadelphia where a man will talk to you about your missing dog. "I thought that was a little bizarre," said J.J. Pierce, the Philadelphia schoolteacher whose 2-year-old black Lab, Louie, had been missing for more than a month. But bizarre or not, Pierce was game on Friday night; "no questions asked" had been her modus operandi. "Anything for Louie," she said Sunday. Members of "TeamLouie" - friends and friends of friends and soft-hearted, quick-witted social-media followers - were handling many of the details of the Louie search and told her the Friday meeting was "promising.
November 24, 2014 |
Dawn Wells is the mother of two young boys, one of whom will turn 3 in February. It is the same age Scott McMillan was when, police say, he was beaten to death nearly three weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend in their home in Chester County. At her home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Wells heard about the case through social media. "It doesn't matter what part of the world you're from, everyone's affected by this," she said. "It just broke my heart. " She wanted to do something for McMillan and his 6-year-old brother, who police say also was abused.
November 17, 2014
HATE ON Kim Kardashian and that big, oiled-up booty of hers if you want. But she's winning. Definitely not from a moral perspective, but Kardashian isn't worried about getting laid off from work like many of the rest of us. At 34, Kim K stands to earn $85 million just for her video game (Kim Kardashian: Hollywood), according to Forbes magazine. She earned about $28 million from June 2013 to June of this year for her other endeavors, the magazine estimated in its "Celebrity 100" list, on which Kim ranked 80th.
October 6, 2014 |
Oh, golly, yes, social media have changed the face of retirement. " So says Donna Held, 61, of Salisbury Township. She is retired and a big proponent of social media. Like Held, an increasing proportion of retired people use social media for connection, support, education, even business (call it "retirement lite"). "It sure has changed retirement," says Howard Levin, 85, of Cherry Hill. "Of course, it can become addictive - not a big problem if you're retired. " For more and more seniors it offers, in the words of Judy Shepps Battle, 71, of Kendall Park, N.J., "an experience that just wasn't there before.
October 3, 2014 |
Abington Health requires its employees to complete computer-based training on patient-privacy regulations and responsible use of social media when they are hired. Then, there are annual reviews. These apparently were not enough to protect it from humiliation when outsiders checked out the Twitter account of an emergency-room tech after she was arrested in an attack on a gay couple in Center City. In 140-character increments, Kathryn Knott showed herself as a hard-drinking, homophobic mean girl.
September 29, 2014 |
I KNOW the press is powerful. But wow, folks, really? The media got Kathryn Knott fired? Color me shocked by the readers who have taken issue with "the media" for some very critical coverage of Knott, the Lansdale Hospital ER tech who posted breathtakingly degrading Tweets about her patients. In my last column, I dared to suggest that Knott wasn't worthy of her job. Apparently, the hospital's parent company, Abington Health, thought she wasn't, either. On Thursday, they canned Knott, which one reader blames me for. "Congratulations.