To Publish or Not to Publish

Q. Tell us about a blog post that you didn't publish.A. I think very carefully about who reads my blogs, so I always publish what I write.  I do edit a lot.  Sometimes, I delete entire paragraphs of thought because I don't want to embarrass my family.  When I journal to myself, I can write without censorship or repercussions.  I can unload all my emotions.  ...more

A conversation with Anonymous

A monstrous crime allegedly took place in Steubenville, OH this August -- the rape and sodomization of a 16-year-old girl over the course of several hours by a group of local high school athletes known to their peers as "The Rape Crew." The story began making headlines in December, but most people didn't hear about it until New Year's day, when a hacktivist group designating itself part of Anonymous posted an in-depth, disturbing set of dossiers and documents that it dubbed the Steubenville files....more

Saying Goodbye to an Online Alias

In May of 2005, I joined my first on-line forum to talk to and learn from other women trying to become mothers in unconventional ways. I sat and looked at the screen asking for a username for twenty minutes. A wave of anxiety washed over me and I knew that I could not, would not be using my real name in this forum. No harm. No one uses their real name. ...more
Gracie is my alter-ego. She's much more outgoing than I am.  And i didn't want the people that ...more

Internet Fans Never Gonna Give Up Rick Astley

Have you been rickrolled? Better yet, have you rickrolled someone? For the better part of the year, people have been sending the unsuspecting off to a video of Britpop musician Rick Astley's most famous song, "Never Gonna Give You Up." The trend reached epic ubermeme proportions yesterday when Astley was declared the winner of the "Best Act Ever" category at the European MTV music awards. ...more

As it turns out, Astley's appearance in the Macys parade was ITSELF a Rickroll.  A Cartoon ...more

Facebook...Do You Want to be Where Everyone Knows Your Name??

It's a rare day when you run into someone who doesn't have Facebook. It seems everyone and their dog has an account. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Facebook. It's a great way to keep in contact with people you might not have otherwise been in communication with. But Facebook is so public to all your family and friends. For me that has proven to be bittersweet. I am a blogger. I have used Facebook as my main place to blog. But what happens when you want to blog about stuff that you don't want people closest to you to read, ie: your parents, mother-in-law, sisters...etc.) ...more

Wow, it must be incredibly tough for your mother. Is she blogging, too? An outlet is an ...more

Just Jump

A lot of my readers have been asking me via email and the comments section of a recent post: ...more

OMG, What Happened To Your Blog?

What happened is this: I've gone back and forth, and back and forth (and back and forth, one more time) about "coming out" with my real name and picture on my blog. I finally decided that I'm ready to claim my work, my opinions, my mistakes and my accomplishments for myself. So, without further ado: ...more

I feel a lot of weight off my shoulders, that is for sure!

Jenn Barnes ...more

The New Religious War: Scientology vs. the Internet

Recently, a mysterious internet "group" calling itself "Anonymous" came forward and declared war on Scientology. On February 10th there were international peaceful protests staged at the churches around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, parts of South America, Japan, and South Africa, as well as throughout Europe and the United States. Anonymous has also instigated a campaign of pernicious mischief, to hinder church activities and for achieving "lulz," or personal amusement. The uncensored version of this macro can be grabbed here. ...more

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