The Evolving/Devolving Culture of Connection: Social Media & Friendship

Recently, I had lunch with Louis Peitzman, a writer for tv.com. Louis and I met once at a college press junket in 2005: we shared a van together to a screening of Brokeback Mountain. Facebook was still shiny and new back then, and all of the college press members eagerly added each other as Facebook … Continue reading

This week in YouTube: racist rants, hilarious rebuttals & Rebecca Black (it’s FRIE-DAY!)

It’s been a banner week for YouTube and viral videos! First some dumb chick at UCLA posted a racist rant against Asians in the library (and in general), then the world learned that Friday comes after Thursday, and Saturday and Sunday after that. That’s right: Rebecca Black, and her viral video “Friday.” Better yet, both … Continue reading

REVIEW: Oregon Trail on Facebook – first days

The (90s nostalgic) world was all aflutter last week  when The Learning Company posted this teaser trailer for a “new” Facebook game: That’s right! Just when you thought you had kicked your Facebook game addiction (I’ve been “clean” more than a year!), TLC is bringing back The Oregon Trail (and Carmen Sandiego, in a few … Continue reading

Adventures in online dating: I joined eHarmony (oh dear)

Being the glut for punishment that I am, I decided last weekend to try eHarmony, and actually pay for it. Recent experience on OKCupid has me convinced that I am a) old b) fat and c) totally lame, because those are the only explanations for why the only responses I’ve had from three months of … Continue reading

Why you should “like” Mavenity on Facebook

I know, I know. I feel a bit dirty, trust me. But the thing is, Facebook has changed.  We all know I’ve had my ups and downs… and downs with the site, like one has in one’s first long term relationship. That’s right — Facebook and I are on the sixth year of our Internet … Continue reading

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