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Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

My Facebook feed is exploding with new babies. Adorable, squishy, big-eyed baby pictures are popping up all over the place, and most of them belong to first time parents. One of the great things about social media is that I have easy access to an array of newborn cuteness, from friends across the globe. At the same time, it’s also a window into “Facebook parenting” — the phenomenon where parents take to social media to ask parenting related questions, and then have to sift through the various (and often contradicting) range of responses. In a recent piece for CNN, Kelly Wallace takes a look at this trend and weighs the pros and cons of sourcing parenting advice from folks on Facebook. Keep reading »

Black Colleges Are Helping To Boost Black Participation In The Sciences

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  • Historically Black colleges are helping to increase participation in STEM fields. [The Atlantic]
  • Gmail has been shut down completely in China. [The Guardian]
  • Read the too-common story of an insurance company mix up that ended with the last-minute denial of gender reassignment surgery for one trans woman. [The Daily Beast]
  • Black women led change on social media this year. [The Root] Keep reading »

My New Year’s Resolution: Choose Oultrage Over Outrage

I find it edifying to look up the definitions and etymology of words that represent abstractions. Today it’s “outrage.” It’s being talked about a lot, not least of all because of Slate’s recent collection of articles on the subject, specifically how it has been proliferated by social media.

The English definition for “outrage” is “an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation” or “an action or event causing anger, shock, or indignation.” It originated from the French word “oultrage,” which has a subtly different meaning: “a wantonly vicious or cruel act; a gross violation of decency, morality, honour, etc.; or profound indignation, anger, or hurt, caused by such an act.” Keep reading »

Oh Come On: Best Buy Tweets About “Serial,” Instantly Gets Crap For It

Oh Come On: Best Buy Tweets About "Serial," Instantly Gets Crap For It

It wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last, that a brand posts something on social media and instantly regrets it.

For those of you who’ve been listening to the popular “Serial” podcast, about the real-life murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999, you’re aware that there’s an ongoing deliberation about where the crime was committed. One report claims the high school student was strangled in the Best Buy parking lot, before her accused killer used a pay phone at the entrance of the store to make his “she’s dead, come and get me” call to a friend. Keep reading »

Yo, Facebook, Please Stop Suggesting I Friend A Bunch Of Random Dudes I Don’t Want To See Again

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The other day I noticed something kind of strange about the “People You Might Know” list on my Facebook account. In addition to the usual array of strangers or acquaintances with whom I share mutual friends and thus “might know,” Facebook was suddenly suggesting some new faces with whom I shared no mutual friends. A few were unfamiliar at first, until something about their face or name jogged my memory.

First: Wait, is that the guy I went on one date with three summers ago and it was so hot that my ass sweated through my dress in the cab and I had a huge butt-shaped sweat stain and he never asked me out again? Keep reading »

Introducing Thirstie, The App That Delivers Booze To Your Doorstep Within The Hour

Introducing Thirstie, The App That Delivers Wine And Spirits To Your Doorstep Within The Hour

Having a group of friends over in 10 minutes and forgot to pick up the Bacardi? Enjoying your pity party at home, and it’s way too freakin’ cold to trek to the liquor store? Have no fear. I just discovered Thirstie, a wine and spirits delivery app that will bring booze to your doorstep within 60 minutes of placing an order. In other words, the answer to my winter prayers. Keep reading »

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