June 12, 2010 |
It's hard not to get irritated with a company that urges you to share all sorts of things but makes it hard for you to say who's part of the party. It's creepier, still, when that company starts feeling less like a social network than like a relentless marketing machine. Facebook blow-back reached a crescendo in recent weeks. Consumer advocates lined up to complain over too much private information being made public. European governments weighed in — demanding users get more control of their profiles.
April 15, 2014 |
The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally , the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we've needed. “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999,” Pew's new report finds. The primary reason: economics. The cost of child care and the lack of job opportunities are forcing women to stay at home rather than go back to work after having kids.
July 24, 2013
Re "The prince of wails has arrived," July 23 The extraordinary amount of vapid media attention lavished on the so-called royal baby has been nothing short of a royal waste of time. It is baffling to me that anyone would give the slightest hoot about the progeny of anyone they are not related to, much less when it involves people as breathtakingly anachronistic as the British monarchy. Unless the future king is to be named Kong, I fail to see any news value whatsoever.
May 19, 2012
Re "Romney's media handicap," Opinion, March 15 Jonah Goldberg wants "the media" to be nicer to Mitt Romney, and yet he calls 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry "a pompous human toothache. " Surely this is the pot calling the kettle black. Romney is properly on the hot seat for his selective memory and his evasive semi-apologies. You might not remember the name of the kid who sat behind you in calculus, or the name of the teacher, but you really ought to remember the kid who you held down while cutting his hair.
February 15, 2013 |
If you followed #SOTU on Twitter while watching the State of the Union address on Tuesday, you may have been surprised by how many smart pundits -- conservative and liberal -- spent more time obsessing over President Obama's and House Speaker John A. Boehner's tie selection rather than the message delivered. Perhaps I'm in no position to judge. Half of the reason I tune in to award shows is for the celebrity fashion. But the State of the Union was not a red carpet event and Boehner did not, in fact, look like he was wearing a salmon around his neck.
February 5, 2014 |
When you've been working since you were 8, as Alyssa Milano has, it takes a special kind of role to get you really excited. Using your birthday to raise money for clean water in Ethiopia, for instance. Or hunkering down with the beleaguered in Kosovo and Angola, as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. Or getting help for African women and children with AIDS. Or her latest - creating "Hacktivist," a four-issue graphic novel/comic book whose heroes run a world-beating social media company by day and practice world-beating social activism by night.