September 5, 2013 |
First there was the selfie. Those were the self-shot, self-portraits posted on social media that - inadvertently? - invited the world to dish out the compliments. It was the image of your best self being candid and cute, and it fit nicely with the bazillions of other carefully curated pictures you posted online of you with your good-looking boyfriend, your marathon trainer, your enviable house, your adorable dog, your BFFs. Yet in a what's-your-status world filled with overwhelming pressure to look camera-ready at all times, it can be liberating to drop the facade and laugh at society's obsession with the exterior.
April 25, 2013 |
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - If you can stand straight with your knees together and see a space between your upper thighs, you have what thousands of teenage girls are willing to starve themselves for. The thigh gap, as it is known, is a small space with a huge following on social media. You can follow supermodel Cara Delevingne's thigh gap on Twitter or peruse thousands of thigh gaps on Tumblr with images of ultrathin women in bikinis, hiked-up skirts, and lingerie, all baring thighs so thin they don't touch.
January 31, 2013 |
LeSean McCoy deleted the Twitter account he used to attack the mother of his child over the weekend. That was considerate of him. Unfortunately, he can't come around and scrub all of our memories, one by one. So we can't pretend we don't know way too much about McCoy, his character, and his personal life. You may feel that this whole thing is nobody's business and so shouldn't be the subject of a column. I would counter that it's the subject of a column only because McCoy inflicted his ugly personal business on the rest of us. When a college football player was very nice to a woman who didn't exist, it became the biggest story in the country.
April 6, 2013 |
It's junior year and Ellie Likos is ready to start the college process. The first step: changing her name on Facebook. Since the explosion of social media just a few years ago, colleges across the country have increasingly used them to scrutinize applicants. To avoid being found on Facebook by admissions officers, it is typical for high school seniors to change the last names on their accounts. "I don't have anything that I would want to hide, but I am still going to change my name [on Facebook]
July 30, 2012 |
As recently as five years ago, businesses small and large and nonprofits still seemed puzzled by the value of social-media platforms, then derided as a what-I-had-for-lunch frivolity. Even now, they struggle to quantify exactly what impact their investments in social media and Web content produce for their bottom lines. But the strategy is as much defensive as offensive, as it grows increasingly clear that companies with no digital presence are becoming invisible to many consumers.
April 6, 2013 |
Years ago a dispute would often get resolved through talking it out. That's often not the case today. With the use of social media, conflict resolution can be more difficult for teenagers. A problem can escalate past regular school hours and linger throughout the day. What a face-to-face confrontation could have resolved is now substituted with bullying through social media, which keeps the problem going. Social media have become a big part of an average teenager's life. Websites like Facebook make it easy to see what's going on in your friends' lives, without actually having to talk to them at all. However, this avoidance of physical communication also makes it easier for teens to bully one another through social-media websites.
August 3, 2012 |
The firefighters union's got their pants all in a tweet after the Nutter administration issued rules for firefighters' use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media websites this week. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers issued a three-page memo Wednesday detailing social media guidelines that prohibit employees from using city property for social media while on duty, prohibit any comments or images about patients, racial slurs, any other defamatory comments and anything that may affect the efficiency or effective operation of the department.
July 1, 2011 |
BALTIMORE - The woman had just bought a new car at the Mile One dealership, but she was sad to see her old one go. So she let a dealership staffer take a picture of her with both - and Mile One connected her with the buyer of her old car online. "They became friends on Facebook," said Nicole Hayes, e-commerce director for the Mile One Automotive Group, based in Pikesville, Md. Hayes says that such interactions, which she sees as helping to foster a community around the Mile One brand, have convinced her that the company needs to double down on social media.
April 7, 2011 |
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Maryland's prison agency said this week that it will no longer ask prospective correctional officers for the keys to their social media accounts after the American Civil Liberties Union complained that requiring job applicants to divulge Facebook user names and passwords violates privacy laws. Instead, background investigators will ask those seeking guard jobs and other security-related positions to voluntarily log in to their personal websites so that investigators can review them.
April 6, 2013 |
Do you remember the pulsating beat and powerful lyrics of Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, or LL Cool J? Those artists were some of the key figures of old school hip-hop. They had a message, a unique style, a following, and no doubt a contract with a major record label. Today, the pioneer rappers have been replaced by Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Big Sean. The message, the style, and fans may differ from the past, but the biggest change from old school to new school is the use of social media.