August 22, 2009
The tragic case of Megan Meier, the Missouri teen who committed suicide in 2006 after being bullied on MySpace, is still rippling through the courts and Congress. Meier's tormentors weren't charged locally because Missouri law only barred harassment by mail or phone. Although state legislators have closed that loophole, prosecutors and lawmakers seem determined to even the score by overreacting to noxious behavior online. In the latest example, 40-year-old Elizabeth Thrasher was charged last week with a felony for allegedly creating a salacious personal ad on Craigslist for a 17-year-old girl who had berated her on MySpace.
August 15, 2010 |
Tips to sustainable apartment living abound online: • Landlords and renters can check out tips and updates at the National Apartment Assn.'s Green Communities website, naahq.org/green . • Moving? Find a center to recycle those plastic packing peanuts through loosefillpackaging.com . • Rating sites such as Greenopia.com and GreenerChoices.com from Consumer Reports can help sift through products that are truly green and the ones that are just "greenwashed.
February 14, 2010 |
Theirs was the stuff of romantic comedy plot devices. After living near each other in several East Coast locations without ever getting together Andrew Jacob, 30, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Baker, 29, met when he was in Santa Monica and she was in Culver City. Well, to be more accurate, they met when they were both online. Chances are none of this sounds avant-garde. Since the first routers connected to the first modems, the Internet has made love (or lust) connections. In July, Piper Jaffray Investment Research predicted that U.S. spending on online dating would reach $1.7 billion annually by 2013 — not hard to fathom, as the study says we spent $1.2 billion on the industry in 2008.
September 30, 2009
Not content with more conventional ways of expressing disapproval, an unidentified Facebook user recently posted a poll asking whether President Obama should be assassinated. The poll was outrageous, and Facebook forced its removal even before the Secret Service called. The larger questions raised by the incident, however, are how much control companies should exert over the use of the megaphones they provide online, and how much information social networks expose about the people who use them.
September 4, 2009
"Gamer," an R-rated futuristic thriller, opens in general release today but did not screen for critics. The review will appear online at latimes.com/moviereviews as soon as it is available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1996
I was disappointed in the March 31 letter by Craig Morgan of Burbank, criticizing my office for going on the Internet. While I am the first L.A. County supervisor to go "online," I am by no means the first elected official to do so. The president, governor, members of Congress and the Legislature have all led the way. Our venture into cyberspace is an innovative effort to serve and communicate with the public more quickly, efficiently and less expensively...