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‘Fair and Handsome’= White as Vaseline Skin Whitening Facebook Tool markets colorism in India

I’m so sick of this sh*t. Why can’t people celebrate the skin they were born with? What is the appeal of risking permanent damage to your skin by baking on the beach, and even more onerous, using chemicals to bleach your skin? Apparently human beings are just screwed up and…

More to social media than your # of Facebook friends

Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones has an article up about the Republicans and their strong showing in the realm of social media. And it’s true—Republican politicians tweet more, have more followers, and are more adept at using Facebook. But what bothers me about this article, and many like it that…

Judiciary chairman seeks answers from Facebook, Google

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) sent letters on Friday to Facebook and Google asking them to respond to privacy concerns that have arisen in connection with their services. The Judiciary Committee is considering whether to hold hearings that could result in legislation regulating electronic communications and online security.…

Cell phones, Facebook, and the war on loneliness

When there’s no new episode of Rachel Maddow to watch when I go to the gym, I’ve been biding my time on the hamster wheel recently by watching the TED talks that are available online for free on iTunes. Hey, got to work that cocktail party chatter gathering in somewhere.…

That Christian love you hear so much about

Via Pharyngula comes this story of the persecution of an 8th grade science teacher in North Carolina, persecution based on the students’ and their parents’ belief that the teacher isn’t a Christian. Here are the facts: Melissa Hussain was suspended from her job teaching 8th grade science after she complained…

The Republican National Committee Enjoys Chicken Fingers

Up until a couple of minutes ago, the RNC’s Facebook page contained this image, uploaded as a fan image: Full image available here. Now, as we all know, MoveOn.org held a user submission contest several years ago where someone uploaded a video comparing Bush to Hitler. It was taken down…

Scenes from an induced misery culture

I’m a day late on “Mad Men”, but will have a review up tomorrow. From Jezebel, I discovered the sort of article that really reveals what Ambrose Bierce meant when he said, “Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves,…

Papa Ratzi to be bombarded with 5 million condoms

Delicious! Pope Benedict XVI triggered yet another scandal when he criticized the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Now the protests are taking an unusual form: The pontiff is about to receive a deluge of condoms by post — gifts from international members of a Facebook…

Handicapping The RNC Chair Race

As if it’s not already… There are currently five people (plus, apparently, whoever wants to wander in off the street) running for the thankless job of sending out blast faxes from Rush Limbaugh to RedState. Oh, excuse me, Twitter updates. They’re so 21st century! Here are the five candidates, and…

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