Please Ask Before You Post Someone's Image on Facebook

Over the weekend, I posted about asking people not to post my child's picture on Facebook.  Carolyn Hax had given some pretty weak advice to a set of expectant parents that amounted to "your kid's picture is going to end up online anyway, so this isn't a battle worth having." ...more
This is a really tough part about living in a world where the majority of people have no issue ... more

BlogHer to WSJ: Here’s the Rest of the Story About Blogging Business Trips

Sadly, my co-founders and I didn’t get laid at SXSW this year. Last month, Lisa Stone, Jory Des Jardins and I headed to Austin for our eighth annual SXSW sojourn. Our better halves were home watching the kids (or in my case, cat), and we didn’t avail ourselves of the Bang With Friends app, so we went without. I’ll admit that, despite massive peer pressure, we didn’t get drunk, either. ...more
It's unfortunate that an op-ed piece for the WSJ is being considered investigative journalism ... more

MUST READ: The FTC Clarifies Their Rules for Bloggers

Is there anything new here for bloggers? Why yes. It’s not a lot but it’s very nice. The .Com Disclosures document includes new examples that will make it easier for people creating sponsored content to comply with the FTC Guidelines, as well as clarity on the proper ways to disclose additional required information about product claims. ...more
Thank you so much for writing about this. As bloggers, we need do away with the notion that the ... more

Playing Out Customer Service Woes via Social Media

I'll admit that I thought it.  We were dealing for the ninetieth time with the department store where we purchased our ant-infested dishwasher.  They were refusing to give us a new non-ant-infested dishwasher and said unfortunately they couldn't do anything for us because there were no parts to fix.  It was on the tip of my tongue as the man told us that the warranty didn't cover things such as the dishwasher becoming infested with ants while at the warehouse: I am so going to blog this and name your big store and ask everyone to spread word across social media that your popular department store sells nasty dishwashers. Ooooh, I so wanted the Internet to rise up against them. ...more
I love this post, Melissa. I think we need to use SM to make complaints carefully. I do think ... more

Our Deep Twisted Relationship With TV: Why I Can't Quit 'Downton Abbey'

More than a week after the Downton finale, I’m still thinking about what went wrong. I happened upon both major plot twists via spoilers, and yet, they were awful just the same. Awful because they were tragic and because they had me wondering if the writing is losing me. All the same, it seems it will be an eternity until the next season begins. Like Losties to the Island, Downton, I can’t quit you....more
@ColleenBlooms It's ironic that after all the shows trying to be "the new LOST", it was a grand ... more

Our Deep Twisted Relationship With TV: Why I Can't Quit 'Downton Abbey'

More than a week after the Downton finale, I’m still thinking about what went wrong. I happened upon both major plot twists via spoilers, and yet, they were awful just the same. Awful because they were tragic and because they had me wondering if the writing is losing me. All the same, it seems it will be an eternity until the next season begins. Like Losties to the Island, Downton, I can’t quit you....more
@asseenontv Thanks for reading! more

Our Deep Twisted Relationship With TV: Why I Can't Quit 'Downton Abbey'

More than a week after the Downton finale, I’m still thinking about what went wrong. I happened upon both major plot twists via spoilers, and yet, they were awful just the same. Awful because they were tragic and because they had me wondering if the writing is losing me. All the same, it seems it will be an eternity until the next season begins. Like Losties to the Island, Downton, I can’t quit you....more
@DinwiddieL Thanks for reading. The reason I mentioned Romney's remarks was to say that they ... more

Brian DePalma To Direct Joe Paterno Biopic: No Silver Linings In This Playbook

Happy Valley is the title of Brian De Palma’s upcoming biopic about Joe Paterno. With extensive evidence to prove Paterno's role in covering up Jerry Sandusky’s pedophilia, doesn't a film about his life profit on the suffering of those whose truth he denied? With so many lies for the sake of his football legacy, there are no silver linings to be found in Paterno’s playbook....more
@MrsDriver Perhaps they'll do something very surprising. Even so, it does nothing to help those ... more

Brian DePalma To Direct Joe Paterno Biopic: No Silver Linings In This Playbook

Happy Valley is the title of Brian De Palma’s upcoming biopic about Joe Paterno. With extensive evidence to prove Paterno's role in covering up Jerry Sandusky’s pedophilia, doesn't a film about his life profit on the suffering of those whose truth he denied? With so many lies for the sake of his football legacy, there are no silver linings to be found in Paterno’s playbook....more
@Lindsey Anthony What you wrote is SO important. Your advocacy always inspires me! There is no ... more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
I want to thank you for writing this because just yesterday I heard something in passing so ... more