How Twitter Impacts PR

How would you characterize breaking news? I would define it in 140 characters (or less)! Yep, Twitter is PR’s tip of the spear. I once found out about an earthquake rolling my way in Los Angeles on Twitter before my building started shaking. Seems that it’s faster than Mother Nature, herself!...more

Where are the women in Rolling Stone?

I no longer live in the United States, but I have some of my US magazines forwarded to me because I’ve never quite gotten the hang of reading magazines on an e-reader. For me the experience of a magazine has to do with being able to flip around and read whatever catches my eye. An e-reader is too linear, somehow, too much of a commitment. When I moved out of New York two years ago, I sorted through subscriptions, weighing what should be forward to us out here and what should be canceled. One of the mags that made the cut was Rolling Stone, not only for Matt Taibi’s depressingly accurate reportage but also because without some awareness of “new” music, I will continue to listen to music that is A) leftover from my youth, which is now an uncomfortable number of decades away; or B) condoned by my children, which dooms me to a steady diet of “Glee” covers, Katy Perry, or Macklemore. But after the most recent issue, I’m thinking of canceling my subscription....more

Media Magnetism, a Review

Media Magnetism is a compilation of media-related advice by many significant players in the media industry, all brought together by editor Christina Hamlett. This book is for people who are new to dealing with media, and it has some great tips even for those who are more experienced....more

TV vs. the Movies: Which Does Better By Women?

I live in Los Angeles where saying that you don’t like movies is tantamount to claiming atheism in a church. But I don’t like movies, generally speaking. In contrast, I quite like TV. Does this seem weird?...more

Autism in the Media: Stop with the Awful Stories!

Would you want someone patronizing you in front of the entire world, or writing headlines about how awful your life is and how much you suck? Well, autistic people don't want that either, and neither do autism families -- yet those are the autism stories most frequently in the news. Journalists and the media need to start rethinking how they approach autism stories, because people like my son Leo and families like ours deserve better, plus Leo is not the only awesome autistic person. Writers and journalists need to work harder, find better sources, seek out fairer messages, and help the rest of society learn to better accept and understand autistic people....more
In my very humble opinion, I think it's really important to avoid making the mistake of thinking ...more

Fearing Death and the Media

My week has been marred, not only by the repossession of my car - which is another story in itself, but also with the passing of a beloved film critic, Roger Ebert.  Like many who grew up during the 80s and 90s, I was a regular stalker of Siskel and Ebert's film reviews - not only to sound a little smarter when hanging out with my pop culture-soaked theatre friends, but also because their reviews truly sunk in....more

Back to Paperback: the limits of digital books

Digital media is all the rage.  what could be more convenient?  Download books in a matter of seconds and read on your phone, tablet computer, or ebook reader.  Digital books are cheap too; no shipping, no physical printing.  Win-win, right? I used to think so...until I took the plunge and became a self published author myself and learned a lot about the publishing business in the process. Lesson number one?  Digital formats have limits. ...more

Shame On You CNN: Steubenville Rapists Found Guilty

The Steubenville rapists got off easyUnless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, you’ve heard of the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio. If you haven’t heard of it, let me recap it for you....more
I feel badly for the victim but I also feel bad for other residents of Steubenville who have ...more

Science Censored

Imagine you could cure a disease but the government refused to allow you to study the data.That’s what happened at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to the latest issue of Scientific American. The CDC hires scientists and doctors to study a range of issues from flesh-eating bacteria to tuberculosis, and staff gather evidence on what harms you—morbidity—and what kills you—mortality. ...more