Millennials feel buyers’ remorse over social media?

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Because they think it is just not safe any more?

Maybe it isn't: 

New York, NY - June 23, 2015 - Could a generation born and bred on social media and synonymous with "selfie culture" be on the verge of a social shutdown? A new USA Network study found that more than half (55%) of young people say that if they could start fresh, they wouldn't join social media at all and 75% say they are somewhat likely (29%), likely (23%) or highly likely (23%) to deactivate their social media accounts if major digital security breaches continue.

And, Generation Y - the most digitally minded generation to date - is going retro, turning to paper files and storage boxes to lock down their data. Brown… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 29 JUNE 2015

Disney World joins attractions banning selfie sticks

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Disney has banned selfie sticks (cameras mounted on poles to enable cell or tablet self-portraits at events and attractions), starting this week. Dozens of museums and sporting events worldwide have already banned the sticks.

As Nick Mediati notes at PC World, 

For Disney, the ban is all about visitor safety. Disney World’s Kim Prunty tells the Sentinel that “selfie-sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast.”

Ineed, the Orlando Sentinel reports,

Several incidents preceded the change, but officials have been discussing the rules for some time, Disney said. This week at Disney California Adventure park, a roller coaster was halted after a passenger… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 26 JUNE 2015

Do Big Box stores go to heaven when they die?

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Innocent victims, murdered by the Internet?

Sure, the same way video killed the radio star.

“What will become of those empty old buildings?”, John Herman asks at The Awl: 

What, you wonder as you drive by, will happen to the big old Circuit City at Crossroads Plaza or Windermere Village or whatever? The building that used to be a Borders that became a Gap that became a vacant hole? The Walmart on the edge of town that was closed for “plumbing problems?” All those doomed malls, and the big multi-story anchor stores at the end of their long pedestrian halls?

At one time, we would assume that an economic downturn produced these “ghostboxes.” But the culprit… click here to read whole article and make comments



Pope Francis on new media’s positive side

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In the recent Encyclical on climate change, Pope Francis touched on the perils of new media, perils that mainly amount to trying to live in a world that doesn’t really exist.

But alongside such depressing facts, he notes, in 47 “Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections.”

Yes, they do. If our purpose in using new media is to stay in closer touch with our own actual world, there is hardly a better or more affordable tool.

I first learned about the potential about twelve years ago, from a Bangladeshi Canadian girl, possibly ten years old, who was taking a course in computers and the internet offered by a Christian charity. She explained that she was learning how to… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 19 JUNE 2015

Pope Francis vs. new media’s fake world

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From Francis’ encyclical on climate change, a perhaps unexpected passage:

47. Furthermore, when media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously. In this context, the great sages of the past run the risk of going unheard amid the noise and distractions of an information overload. Efforts need to be made to help these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity and not a threat to our deepest riches. True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 19 JUNE 2015

Father’s Day: This girl has one smart dad

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Making the rounds on (where else?) social media:

Daughter to Dad - TEXTING Communication in Todays Generation:

*Daddy, I am coming home to get married soon, so get out your check book. LOL*

*I'm in love with a boy who is far away from me.*

*As you know, I am in Australia, and he lives in Scotland. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whatsapp, he proposed to me on Skype, and now we've had two months of relationship through Viber. *

*My beloved and favorite Dad, I need your blessing, good wishes, and a really big wedding." *

* Lots of love and thanks, *

*Your favorite daughter,*… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 19 JUNE 2015

Kids with hypertension linked to excess screen time

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Experts recommend that children be kept from watching too much television. Many hours spent in front of a screen can be damaging. This is common knowledge, but new research shows just how damaging it can be.

Studies from the University of Saragozza in Spain and from San Paulo in Brazil found that children who watch television or sit in front of game consuls for more than two hours a day are at much greater risk of suffering from hypertension in comparison with their peers.

The research was conducted with more than 5,000 children between two and ten years old who came from eight different European countries: Spain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Cyprus, Estonia, Switzerland, and Belgium. The… click here to read whole article and make comments



Social media created the flash mob

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Flashmob in Barcelona Photo: Eurovision TV


Now, there are two definitions of a flash mob:

1. a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration.

Here's an example from Ottawa, Canada, 2010, also embedded below. Indeed, that is probably how the idea got started. But the better known usage, alas, is:

a group of teenagers who have contacted each other by cell phone and social media and gather in an area to trash it or to mug and beat passersby.

For example, from 2013,… click here to read whole article and make comments


SUNDAY, 14 JUNE 2015

Best apps for busy moms

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by Fabrizio Piciarelli

From home life with husband and children, going to work, visiting friends, and the never-ending supermarket sweep right before closing hours, mothers today are super-active, multitasking women. They run at the speed of light, and it’s quite difficult (if not impossible) to keep up with them. Mothers have this incredible ability to juggle changing diapers with taking a conference call, loading the laundry, and fixing their husband’s dentist appointment. How can we help these super moms? We’ve recommended a few apps for smartphones that are designed specifically to simplify Mom’s organization of the daily to-do list, in and out of the home.

Just choose the app that best suits you. Ready for download?

Baby ESP – The Perfect Guide for New… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 12 JUNE 2015

The death of the online ad agency?

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Thanks to increasingly sophisticated adblockers? If that’s good news for viewers, especially parents, it also creates some dilemmas, according to TechCrunch contributor Danny Crichton here:

Internet users are increasingly using tools like Ghostery and others to block ads and marketing trackers. Growth in adblocking has traditionally been slow and steady, but since 2013 that growth rate has skyrocketed. In the last three years, internet users who adblock have increased from 40 million users to more than 200 million users today. ][ In addition, a popular adblock plugin known as AdBlock Plus won a resounding court victory in Germany last week against local broadcasters, ensuring its continued operation.

He thinks consumers are right to be concerned because tracking (snooping on and recording your private Internet… click here to read whole article and make comments


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