Internet, Social Media »

[7 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Teens Don’t Use Twitter, What the Tweet?

Twitter. A Trendy Social Media Site for Kids? No?
Most people I speak to think social network sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter are new, trendy and hip, but that does not mean it is popular among the youth?

Nielsen has released statistics showing that engagement among teenagers are low on Twitter.

So why aren’t teenagers engaged on Twitter?
Is it all that different than Facebook?

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Articles »

[3 Aug 2009 | 10 Comments | ]
Polyamory Relationships & Cultural Subjectivity of Truth

What is Polyamory?
Polyamory is relationships with multiple mutual consenting partners.

The difference between Polygamy and Polyamory is that the former involves multiple spouses, while the latter still has only spouse, just multiple partners. Essentially it is a belief in non-monogarmy, engaging in loving, intimate relationship with more than one person with the full consent of all those who are involved.

Learn about the Rise of Polyamory and it’s origins…

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News »

[29 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]
How Politicians, Media & Advertising Influence our Minds

Media doesn’t affect me that much
If you think media does not influence you all that much, you got another thing coming. There is a reason corporations spend billions of dollars on advertising. It works. It influences our behaviors, our values, and plays to our emotions.

So how do politicians, media, and advertisers utilize our lack of knowledge on a particular topic to their advantage? Authority Figures.

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Internet, Video »

[26 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]
United Breaks Guitars Video by Dave Carroll

United Breaks Guitars Video – Dave Carroll
If you have not already heard, a young musician named Dave Carroll wrote and produced a music video called “United Breaks Guitars” after his Taylor 714 CE ($3000+ guitar), was broken by the United Airlines Baggage crew and United refused to pay or replace his instrument. Dave Carroll had saved money to purchase this guitar for three years with the hope that once he

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Movies »

[20 Jul 2009 | 13 Comments | ]
Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince Movie Review

Harry Potter (2009)

Pros:

Movie Making Quality – Best of the Series (Cinematography, Special Effects)
Enjoyable – One of the more enjoyable in the movie series.

Cons:

No Character Development
Plot Development Lacking
Teenage Love Drama – Half of the film was all about crushes and love triangles, while the actual plot development and character development was lacking. Bad Priorities.

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Art & Design »

[16 Jul 2009 | 11 Comments | ]
15 Beautiful HDR Photography Art

What is HDR Photography?
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. The purpose is to extend the dynamic range of digital imaging technologies. What does that mean? It means the range of color and what is visible to the normal eye is shown and mixed together using a variety of exposure shots. As a result you get beautiful pictures with very fine detail top to bottom, normally unseen through normal photography techniques.

Check out these beautiful HDR Photography Pictures. You’ll be amazed.

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Movies, TV Shows »

[10 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
Ever Fading Sensitivity to Violence in Media

Wu Fei (吴非) maintains a blog that covers issues in contemporary education. Utilizing the movie Schindler’s List she wrote a post discussing the need to be careful in the way we expose children to the tragedies of human history.

One thing that really strikes me is the fact that Wu is very disturbed by what she sees in the Schindlers list, as well other visuals of human cruelty. In our media driven culture, we’ve lost this kind of sensitivity to violence, sex, coarse language, among other things. We are so saturated by violent movies and TV shows that a scene that once would have disgusted us and emotionally drained us, no longer has the same kind of affect.

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Video »

[7 Jul 2009 | 11 Comments | ]
Dick Hoyt and Rick Hoyt: Team Hoyt Video

This inspirational video is about Dick Hoyt and his Son Rick Hoyt. They are a father-and-son team, from Massachusetts who together competes in a long list of marathons and triathlons. The only thing is Rick Hoyt has cerebral palsy, caused by the loss of oxygen to his brain at birth as his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.

The Rick Hoyt Story
The Hoyts were told they should institutionalize the baby as he would only be a “vegetable” all his life. Rick’s mother, Judy Hoyt said, “There is no way we will ever put our son away. We love him. He is ours. We will work with him and bring him to the place where he can reach his greatest potential…”

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Internet, Social Media »

[2 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
Power of Images in Media & Iran’s Twitter Revolution

When I say Tiananmen Square Massacre, what is the first thought or image that comes to your mind? For the vast majority of people it is the image of the young man making a stand in front of the rolling tank.

Images are powerful and can leave a lasting impression and sway public opinion.

As you may or may not know, everyone has been following the news of the turmoil in Iran through the Internet. As journalists are not allowed (or more likely afraid) to officially transmit news out of that country, all the recently events have been followed through YouTube videos and twitter updates…

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Internet »

[30 Jun 2009 | 34 Comments | ]
Michael Jackson’s Death causes Social Media Explosion

As everyone by now knows, Michael Jackson, one of the greatest pop icons in history died at the age of 50 due to undetermined causes. What followed was a wave of online attention never seen before. The spike in traffic was so abnormal that Google thought they were being attacked by a virus or spyware application. When people searched Google News for “Michael Jackson” they would receive an “we’re sorry” error page. But this brings up many good questions

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TV Shows »

[25 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Vampire Influence on Teenager Self Identity

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers?
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber?
Blue Bloods by Melissa de La Cruz?

Heard of these titles? These are just an example of the rise of the vampire genre in recent literature and film. Popular among the youth, these books presents unique young characters catering to different types of teenagers. Unlike traditional vampire stories…

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