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.
August 28, 2013 |
It was the collective "ewww"; heard around the Twitterverse. Miley Cyrus - a.k.a. former Disney innocent Hannah Montana - shocked even the unshockable during MTV's Music Video Awards Sunday, sending tweeters into overdrive when she bent over in her flesh-colored two piece and rubbed her hiney against Robin Thicke's crotch. Talk about blurred lines. What? Is she serious? Why does she have that big foam finger? And what in the heck is she doing? Twerking, baby. Here is a primer: Twerking can be done alone or with a partner.
August 26, 2013 |
"Hey, stud. Busy?" "Not really," Eiren Shuman, 27, coquettishly typed back in response to what he suspected was an automated message. "Sweet. I've been to the gym a lot, and it's made me really horny. " Some idle minutes later came another sext, asking whether Shuman wanted to view a key body part. He played along, just to prove his suspicion right. "Show me! Show me!" This service, called Grindr, is an app that gay and bisexual men use to hook up over the Internet.
August 14, 2013 |
She has a best-actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook , but Jennifer Lawrence sings the success blues in the September issue of Vogue, out next Tuesday. "I'm just really starting to feel like a monkey in a zoo," complains Jen, who turns 23 Thursday. And don't go telling her, Aww, too bad, everybody should have your problem . "I am just not OK with it," she says. "It's as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being. " Well, maybe, but she's been expecting fame since she was a kid in Kentucky.
August 7, 2013 |
They weathered crises, a horrific smear, a roller-coaster of emotions, and - in the end - heartbreak that still resonates four months later. But what they accomplished, working from a wooden kitchen table, would make any advertising executive envious. And along the way, the family of Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi learned invaluable lessons from an ordeal that bonded them more deeply and led them to redefine their goals and objectives. Sitting at that very same kitchen table in their Center City home last week, Sangeeta and Ravi Tripathi recounted their brother's disappearance, their intensive search, and how those events ended up playing out on a worldwide stage.
July 26, 2013 |
Since Friday, social-media sites have moderated - in every sense of the word - public reaction to President Obama's semi-off-the-cuff remarks on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin verdict. These tributary media - Facebook, Twitter, and their sibs; the blog world; cable TV - allowed many voices to vent, the measured and the extreme alike. But then the heat diffused - something social media also can do - and by Monday a different tone had emerged, less like war, more like the discussion about race so many say they want.
July 24, 2013 |
In the end it was, as always, a woman and her child, and the effort to deliver. But, for the circus/playground/peanut gallery of the social media, the labor of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was an orgy of fact-mongering, speculation, and hijinks of all sorts. And social media used the occasion to play host to a huge, silly world party. Lightning-fast Twitter was a fine place to follow the timeline of events, starting from the announcement about 2 a.m. (Philly time) from Peter Hunt of the BBC that "the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour and has gone to give birth at the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London.
July 20, 2013
After surveillance footage of a bike theft was posted to social media, the apparent thief e-mailed the Gloucester Township Police Department to say he would like to return the bike. The bike was stolen around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday from the front of the municipal building. Less than an hour after posting surveillance photos and video the next morning, police said, they received a tip identifying Pradell Hedgepath, 25, of Clementon, as the man seen stealing the bike and riding off on it. About 45 minutes later, Hedgepath sent an e-mail saying he would like to return the bike, police said, but he ignored subsequent e-mails to return the bike.
July 19, 2013 |
SHADED BY METAL scaffolding, more than 1,400 people filed into a Center City office building yesterday to learn about civil-service job openings. No interviews took place at the Operation Outreach fair at 8th and Market streets, but attendees were given information about the strict application process. PA CareerLink, a project of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, promised to follow up within a couple of months with each person who left a resume. "The ones that keep trying and trying and trying are successful," said Karen Deklinski, deputy secretary for administration in the Department of Public Welfare.
July 17, 2013
I'M REMINDED of Vince Lombardi's quote, "Leaders are made, they are not born," when I think of how a local entrepreneur was drafted into leading Sunday's protest in Center City against George Zimmerman's acquittal. Chris Norris, 26, had no intention of doing anything. After hearing the heart-wrenching news that Zimmerman had been found not guilty of second-degree murder for shooting unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, he took himself off the grid. Norris turned off his phone.