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Grand Unified Theory of 80s Nostalgia (Plus Prom Shilling)

This post is part of a month-long Friday series promoting the Radical 80s Prom on 12/3. If you’re in New York on December 3rd, please come by the Bowery Poetry Club from 10PM-2AM and dance to some great 80s tunes, for a good cause. If you are coming, I’d love…

Friday Prom Post “It Is My Revolution That I Dance To” Edition

One reason I’m glad the election is over is that it means I can spend more time thinking about and promoting our Radical 80s Prom on December 3rd at the Bowery Poetry Club. Marc made this ad for it that mocks Wham a little, and I have to say I…

New York Readers: Come To The WAM! 80s Prom

Marc made a video for it that features one of the original mash-ups that will be featured: Here’s the Facebook page with the info, where you can also RSVP to let us know you’re coming.…

NOOOOOO!!!!!!!

So I linked on Facebook this article about how actress Lea Michele has caught Incredible Shrinking Actress Syndrome*, and I was mostly making fun of a commenter who said that we couldn’t blame the patriarchy because it was Michele’s “choice” to diet. I said, “How do they think it works…

Facebook Groups dinged for drafting members

Man ‘force-joined’ into pederasts’ group SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Thursday was getting kudos for giving members better control of their information but dinged for letting people be thrown into “groups” without their permission. A day after the world’s most popular online social network began letting users form cozy cliques…

‘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.…

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