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.
February 8, 2012 |
Online dating has come a long way from its less-than-positive association with the personal ad. But is it actually a better way to meet that special someone? In some ways yes -- and in others, maybe not, according to a study on online dating released by the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. "Romantic relationships can begin anywhere. When Cupid's arrow strikes, you might be at church or at school, playing chess or softball, searching for a partner at a party, or minding your own business on the train," the authors write . "But sometimes Cupid goes on vacation, or takes a long nap, or kicks back for a marathon of Lifetime original movies.
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.
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...