Silly nuggets like this week’s story about New York Times columnist Bret Stephens probably don’t deserve a blog. But I’m going to give some attention to what we can cheerfully call, “the bedbug incident,” as a cautionary tale for anyone who ends up as the butt of a public joke. It’s amazing that we still … Continue reading The Pitiful Tale of Bret Stephens, the Two-Line Tweet and Becoming This Week’s Media Bug-aboo
I’ve been a bit lax watching my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube lately, but you’d have had to be under a really heavy rock to not hear about the drama between Tati Westbrook and James Charles. Both are big name digital influencers with millions and millions of followers across multiple social media platforms. But as … Continue reading Nice Girls Do Not Always Finish Last, but Bad Boys Can Be Canceled
Hello? Police? Yeah. I’d like to report yet another instance of black people being erased from history. Yeah. This time it’s Australian actress Rebel Wilson. She was doing promo for her new film, “Isn’t It Romantic” and had the cheek to tell Ellen Degeneres on Wednesday that she is the first plus-sized actress to lead … Continue reading Rebel Wilson, You Are Not the First
They say everything happens when it’s supposed to. Timing is everything. You get information when you need it most. When you’re ready for the lesson, the teacher will appear, that sort of thing. I believe that, and never more so than today. I was talking to a friend. We’ve known each other for 20 years … Continue reading Can You Handle the Truth?
For anyone in this day and age of viral messaging and live forever on the Internet culture to try and be deliberately shocking is just, kind of, boring. Being deliberately conscious of the power in your words and messages, on the other hand? That’s something. That’s powerful. That gets eyes, and it captures and holds … Continue reading Kanye, Being Deliberately Shocking Is Boring
Logan Paul has made a very good living being a weird, shocking, daredevil type. At least, I think those are good descriptors. I’m not a fan, nor am I one of his 16M+ YouTube subscribers. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some YouTubers. I subscribe and follow quite a few channels religiously. But as … Continue reading Logan Paul: When a Video Strategy Goes Bad
I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that compliments are mostly BS, and I ran into an interesting social experiment on Twitter this week that proves it.
Instead of saying the usual variation of “thank you so much!” and/or blushing with eyelashes fluttering, 20-year-old student Claire Boniface decided to agree with every compliment a man gave her on social media. It did not go well.
Now, common lore would have us believe that men prefer an agreeable woman, but apparently, men don’t want you to say, “Yes,” when they tell you you’re beautiful, or “yepp,” when they say, “You’re amazing.” When you do, you immediately stop being beautiful and amazing and become a vain, ugly bitch. Continue reading “‘Lady, You Are Beautiful’ Yeah, I Know #gender #bias #power #diversity”