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Should Huma Run?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The idea of Huma Abedin running for her husband’s newly vacant seat in congress is pretty absurd to me, mainly because it seems like the sort of position that Abedin, if she aspired to it, would be perfectly capable of running for on her own, and not on the back of her recently resigned-in-disgrace husband.

While I agree with Molly that Huma is capable of running for this or another position on her own, this is less about her husband’s disgrace serving as her only way in, and more about the reality of politics as largely recognizing opportunity. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Twitter as Art Form

HOWARD MEGDAL: Serious question: is a Twitter feed a potential art form in the making?

AKIE BERMISS: i followed that feed. it was absolutely brilliant. absolutely. probably one of the best, most timely, humorous and smart twitter feeds ever. imagine if more smart and funny people were on twitter?! it could be like heaven. like HEAVEN.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Which feed are you talking about? I just went to Twitter for the first time in months to search for Contemporary Haikus and the top
Trending Topic was #BlackPeopleMovies. Which turns out to mean taking movie titles and twisting them to reflect racist stereotypes. WTF Twitter, why do you always make me feel sad and gross? Continue reading

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Quoting Shows As Humor

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: I confess: I am the @danialexis behind the #AptSimpsonsQuote hashtag on Twitter. (Which has probably not been used since that conversation, I bet.) And I’m behind it because I have the questionable habit of quoting Simpsons episodes when they’re more apt – or at least more witty – than anything I might come up with myself.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It isn’t that a well-chosen quote, appropriate for the moment, can’t qualify as humor. But my fear is that for many, simply referencing something amusing from a film or TV program- or even something not-so-amusing- has become equivalent to wit. And not only does it cheapen wit itself, I’m really tired of hearing what are usually the same five movies and television shows.

DAVE TOMAR: My daily exploits are littered with D’oh!s and Woo-hoo!s. When things are going a-ok, everything’s coming up Milhouse. When life gives me lemons, I look it at it as crisitunity. When the world is invaded by a master race of giant space ants, I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: something I find to be an ominous sign of the times: fairly frequently when I get off a decent line, a bystander will laugh and then ask innocently, “What is that from?” The implication is that there is no original humor; there are no jokes made up and told on the spot– everything is recycled, verbatim, from movies, television, and stand-up comedy. I find this disheartening. Continue reading

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SEO Optimization

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: It’s not that I don’t believe in the healing power of Search Engine Optimization, it’s just that…Ok, so I don’t really believe in the healing power of Search Engine Optimization. It’s not that it isn’t legitimate– it just seems like the kind of thing that is easily misused and abused. The same can be said for Social Media Marketing; it also seems to have been embraced by all sorts of companies that probably shouldn’t have bothered. Do I really want to follow an insurance company on Twitter, or be Facebook friends with my bodywash? Hmm…no.

NAVA BRAHE: Molly, SEO isn’t an easy nut to crack, but when it’s done right, there’s no disputing its efficacy, or its impact. I was as much of a skeptic as you, but when you get an “in” on the technique from the right people, the proof is very much in the pudding.

When I moved back to Toronto last year, I stumbled into the world of SEO when I answered an ad on Craig’s List, placed by an SEO firm looking for a copy writer. I thought, sure, I can write copy, but I really had no idea what “keywords” were. Google was something I used sporadically, and was told not to trust it in no uncertain terms during the semester I took “Research Methods” in grad school. Since I was new on the scene and needed a job, I thought, what the hell; I’ll give it a shot. It was tough in the beginning, but now I find it more challenging, and more rewarding than I ever imagined.

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Technology and Social Interactions

NAVA BRAHE: When we were discussing this topic last week, I jokingly wrote that I was afraid vocal chords might be in danger of becoming extraneous, like skin flaps or a third nipple. It’s downright disturbing how little we actually speak to each other these days.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Today at the gym a woman on the elliptical to my left was talking on a cell phone during her entire workout. Last weekend I attended a wedding, and noticed one of the guests sending a text message, from a pew, during the actual marriage ceremony. I can’t count the number of times I have been at lunch with a friend or acquaintance and have had to sit idly across from them while they took out their phone to answer a call or an email, often in the middle of our conversation.

AKIE BERMISS: Whew! I am so glad we decided to blog about this instead of actually speaking like civilized adults. I think Nava is great, but I disagree with her wholeheartedly when it comes to technology and socializing. Continue reading

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Ken Burns’ The Tenth Inning

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’ve spent the past two days considering why, despite covering more recent territory, the latest edition of Ken Burns’ documentary Baseball felt more remote. And I think the answer is a change in the way he told the story.

THOMAS DELAPA: The extra inning of Ken Burns’ winning Baseball series felt less like a fall classic than a classic forties film noir: A foul sense of doom and gloom was ever lurking on-deck, despite the two decades of on-field drama and brilliant heroics. The lurking gloom, of course, was steroids, Major League Baseball’s crippling scandal that made the Black Sox cheaters look like bush leaguers.

STEPHON JOHNSON: We live in an era where everyone re-contextualizes an event within minutes of its occurence. Despite the obvious difficulties in painting a picture and telling a story, Burns succeeds with The Tenth Inning. Continue reading

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AKIE BERMISS: We, twenty-somethings! They speak ill of us. Our youth, our beauty, our unbridled exuberance. They are jealous of us, of course. It was ever thus. To be old is to be cynical — and much of that cynicism is aimed at the young. Of course, dependents are off-limits. Even 18, 19, and 20 are still considered childhood (mostly) in our society. Soon as you his 21 — that magic number — suddenly you are no longer above (or is it beneath, perhaps) reproach. Everybody knows how to do it better and everyone thinks you’re doing it wrong. That’s fine — that’s what being 20 is all about. Gotta let all the old-timers take pot-shots at you.

NAVA BRAHE: For those of you who are of my generation: born in the late 60s, screwed over in the late 80s, prosperous in the late 90’s – until the bottom fell out 2 years ago, you’re probably wondering what all this “emerging adulthood” business is about. Let me put it in a somewhat generational perspective for you, reminiscent of Gilda Radner’s beloved Saturday Night Live character, Emily Litella: “What’s all this I’m hearing about ‘emerging adulthood?” Well Emily, it’s just the 20-somethings’ way of postponing the inevitable; winding up like me.

THOMAS DELAPA:: I agree that generational generalizations can be simplistic and even misleading, but it’s one way (of many) of grappling with and understanding social trends… A lot of what we’re discussing seems to involve the changing American Dream for ordinary workers, young and old, if not its collapse. The financial stress and crushing foreclosures many people are experiencing mirror the monstrous national debt the country is facing. Individuals spent all that money on whatever (SUVs, big homes, home theaters, college, stuff) without thinking about the consequences, betting their home prices and wages would continue to rise. Likewise, the US of A. $1 trillion for a war in Iraq? No problem. Just borrow it. Whatever you do, don’t tax anyone to pay for it. In fact, lower taxes to get (re)elected. Continue reading

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CNN Reporting On Its Own Twitter Feed

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Meandering out of the gym one afternoon last week, I happened to glance over at one of the giant, ubiquitious plasma TVs that line the walls of every self-respecting gym. Because you can’t have working out without TVs! In any event, this particular TV was tuned to CNN, and at the moment I looked over, the main camera was zooming in for a close-up of…a Twitter message.

HOWARD MEGDAL: CNN’s dangerous decision to start reporting from its own Twitter feed has nearly as many disadvantages as advantages. The biggest problem is the extent it strays from the vital pillars of journalism: random blog posts, what other networks are reporting about, Facebook rants and iReports. Continue reading

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Shaq To The Celtics

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Shaquille O’Neal to the Celtics is quite a…treat. I’m not sure it will be so successful on the court, but Boston will certainly get a lot from Shaq on the outside of the game.
BRAD GOLDBACH: Shaq will certainly provide entertainment for the Celtics, but I see this as a move that actually makes a lot of basketball sense for the C’s. I know, Shaq and basketball sense do not usually go in the same sentence these days, but hear me out. Continue reading

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Food Truck Laws

JESSICA BADER: Like many New Yorkers, one of the things I love most about my city is the ability to obtain delicious food at just about any hour of the day, whether it’s from a fancy restaurant or a little hole in the wall or one of the trucks that have recently been the subject of heated debate. Yet for all of that food truck love, I feel that much of the outrage in the recent food truck debate is somewhat misplaced.

Let’s be clear: food trucks belong in New York City. If you want to park, go to a lot.

Food trucks make this city what it is: the greatest buffet in recorded human history. And we want laws that only encourage additional food trucks, not laws that inhibit their ability to function. Continue reading

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