August 28, 2014 |
AN ESPN segment on Michael Sam, the Rams' openly gay defensive end, received a lot of unintended criticism yesterday. While providing an update about the rookie out of Missouri - who announced he was gay in February - reporter Josina Anderson said a Rams "defensive player told me that 'Sam is respecting our space' and that, from his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is waiting to take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable....
August 28, 2014 |
A FEW WEEKS ago in Rittenhouse Square, a man said something to a few other men in a car who were catcalling a group of women. One of the men, offended that someone should try to halt his verbal barrage, got out of the car and knocked the good Samaritan unconscious. The story blew up on social media and for a brief while people were talking about street harassment. The irony is that it took a man getting beaten up to make it a story. Women deal with the problem every day. It's those kinds of incidents that prompted Rochelle Keyhan, Erin Filson and Anna Kegler to form Feminist Public Works several years ago and, more recently, Hollaback Philly and the now-more-famous (thanks to their work at San Diego Comic-Con)
August 21, 2014 |
For Anton Moore, engaging people through social media, word of mouth, and street-corner conversation has been a way of building bridges between people and communities. Concerned about violence this year between young men in his South Philadelphia community and those of Southwest Philadelphia, Moore, 28, thought of bridges. "What I wanted to do was open the dialogue up," Moore said last week, "to bring leaders together to build a rapport and get on a first-name basis so that we could work together.
August 13, 2014 |
On Monday morning, the Taney Dragons boarded a bus to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The Mid-Atlantic Regional champions from Center City have gained quite a few notable fans for the tournament, which begins Thursday. Taney will play its first game in the 16-team World Series against Southeast Regional champion South Nashville (Tenn.) on Friday at 3 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Among the new supporters are the Phillies. First baseman Ryan Howard said he hopes the Dragons seize the opportunity.
July 20, 2014 |
Red Alert Israel is an app, and it is harrowing. Tied into Israel's early-warning system, it sends an alert to your phone whenever a rocket is fired into Israel. With the current Israel-Hamas conflict, it goes off all the time. Lawrence Husick, senior fellow and codirector of the center for the study of terrorism at the Foreign Research Policy Institute, calls Red Alert Israel "a punch in the gut" that "gives a dramatic sense of what it's like to live in a state of threat. " Welcome to the social-media war-within-the-war.
July 3, 2014 |
Going into the U.S.- Belgium soccer game Tuesday, social-media spies sorting tens of millions of Facebook, Twitter, and other posts for SAP AG found that the American team, led by goaltender Tim Howard , was viewed more positively than negatively. Several of the Belgians attracted more social haters than lovers, especially midfielder Marouane Fellaini , even though he scored a goal for Belgium against Algeria. Are American fans less critical? No. U.S. players got negative ratings last week, when Portugal tied the team in the last minutes, says SAP's Evan Welsh . But the American starters won back fans just by surviving the "Group of Death" to advance and face Belgium, said Welsh.
June 15, 2014 |
About a year ago, something was killing the chickens Mike Dugan had roaming his property in the Delair section of Pennsauken. One morning last summer, his girlfriend, Allison Rosenfeld, and a friend spied a mystery critter. "We were like, 'What the heck is that?' " Rosenfeld, 43, said. "It moved like a rat, but larger. It moved like a mean animal. " When it saw them, it turned bushy-tail and ran, she said. Later, an Internet search led them to an animal called a fisher cat. Flash-forward to about a week ago. Word of possible fisher sightings in Pennsauken began circulating on social media.
June 6, 2014 |
'I don't care how great of a writer you are," said best-selling Horsham writer Merry Farmer. "It's always good to brush up on your craft. " Farmer, 40, who has published 10 novels, including The Faithful Heart and Tales From Cold Springs , recharges her creative batteries every year at the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, a three-day event featuring workshops, roundtable discussions, and bull sessions for writers of all levels, newbie to...
May 6, 2014
G UNTER PFAU, 36, of Franklintown, is founder and CEO of Stuzo, a Center City creative-technology firm that pioneered social media, helping major brands connect with millions of consumers. Stuzo was sold in 2010, but Pfau and the original management team reacquired the company in January 2013 with plans to launch a mobile-engagement gateway - or MEG - to make mobile marketing easy for small-to-medium-size businesses. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Stuzo? A: I was a student at Temple, and in 2007 Facebook opened up something called Facebook Platform.
April 1, 2014 |
AS DeSEAN JACKSON visits the Redskins today, with a source close to Jackson saying the Raiders are next in line, I keep thinking about those 40 minutes. I'm talking about the time that elapsed Friday between the posting of NJ.com's story attempting to connect Jackson with the Crips and the Eagles' 25-word announcement releasing their three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. There is no way Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly conferred, made such a momentous decision, and crafted the announcement in 40 minutes.