Guys, what are we doing? What is it in our nature that compels us to click on stupid headlines? We already know that whatever that content is, it's not "earth-shattering", it won't "blow our minds" and it probably won't even "melt our hearts". It's very unlikely anything we can read from these aggregates will make us hate humanity, we probably will actually be able to believe it, and you know, the danger probably isn't really in our own home. So, why do we click? Why are we allowing click bait to be a thing? For this, I have no answer....more
When used irresponsibly, technology can really be a distraction for students in class. They are inseparable from their smartphones and tablets, so they don’t pay enough attention to the lessons. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. Educators can use the affection students have towards technology in order to advance their teaching methods and make them more interesting for today’s young people....more
Before I state my claim, let me just qualify some things for all the followers and naysayers who are diehard fans of these shows. First, I have seen each one of these shows. Followed all of them, season after season until recently. Know the internal fabric of every storyline. Understand completely that these are, ‘in fact’, television shows, and despite the titles, are not reality. And lastly, anyone who proclaims this is merely entertainment and shouldn’t be taken seriously are themselves part of the problem that drives this impassioned blogpost....more
If you watch TV, chances are you've seen or at least heard of the show "The Biggest Loser." The reality TV show features individuals competing to lose massive amounts of weight. The winner walks away much thinner and also much richer....more
Amy Chua’s new The Triple Package seems to build upon the same “Chinese are superior” motto as Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -- but it's actually more inflammatory and much less compelling than her last book.
The shocking death of Philip Seymour Hoffman of a drug overdose has understandably sent many scrambling to make sense of yet another artist falling to addiction. Esquire Magazine’s Tom Junod has waded into treacherous waters in his attempt at trib...more
I am not a patriot by normal standards, but it would be a lie to proclaim that my heartstrings were not strummed by Coca-Cola's Superbowl ad. It spoke to my sense of togetherness and harmony. It was an advertisement, meant to sell a product, but it was one that brought a tear to my eye....more
Like most people, we were watching the Super Bowl last night. What a sad day for Payton Manning. I mean, the Broncos team didn't even show up, which made me sad. I personally like watching the game for the commercials and the halftime show. I mean, what girl really cares about the game? Especially when you aren't fans of either team playing.
So we were watching and a new Coca-Cola commercial came on. I had no idea that one commercial could anger so many people.