So, Ellen wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars. You may have heard that Hart took himself out of consideration for the role after trolls dug up some old – for old read 2009-ish – homophobic tweets. They used these as evidence that he’s a terrible person who shouldn’t be given such a fabulous opportunity, … Continue reading Kevin Hart, Who Wins? Trolls or the Oscars?
So, Bette Midler, a singer/actress I’ve enjoyed for many many years – who didn’t love Beaches? – sent out a few controversial tweets this week using the n-word. I’ve always liked Midler. She’s a great singer, for one, a true entertainer, and she made it big being different. She made herself a star by not fitting … Continue reading If You’re Not Black, Don’t Say the N-Word
Ordinarily I disdain politics. Watching that pitiful reality show unfolding each day in the White House is like perpetual constipation, all useless poots and annoying belly pains. But what kind of journalist would I be if I ignored this week’s juicy happenings around Michael Cohen, long time Trump lawyer, who pled guilty to eight criminal … Continue reading Censorship vs. Foreign Meddling: Who Should Win in the Battle for Social Media?
I can’t get away from these hashtags, y’all. If you haven’t heard the story of #planebae, let what you read here serve as “a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent.” Here’s what happened. Earlier this month two women on a plane switched seats so that one could sit next to her boyfriend. … Continue reading Privacy Is No Longer a Thing. Ask #planebae
I’d like to give a shout out to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for owning up to the social media platform’s problems this week. Or, do I? In a series of tweets published yesterday Dorsey said he’s tried to combat Twitter’s issues, but acknowledged that its primarily reactive efforts aren’t enough. He “didn’t anticipate the amount … Continue reading Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Owns Up to Platform’s Abuse Problem – Again
Twitter used to be different. It was nicer, more educational. It was fun. I can still remember the challenge in crafting a 140-character message. If I didn’t have a clear idea what I wanted to blog about that week, I could pop #diversity into the search bar, and any number of articles would pop up … Continue reading 11 Minutes on Twitter that Rocked the World
Media can be tricky. Especially social media. One poorly written sentence, ill-timed tweet or poor photo choice, and you’ll end up with your corporate image in a sling. Ask cloud storage company Dropbox. They know. Poor Dropbox. When they released their diversity numbers earlier this week, they meant well, really they did. If only the … Continue reading Dropbox Learns – Painfully – One Twitter Snafu, and You’re Toast
So I was talking to Dr. Shirley Davis, former head of diversity at Society for Human Resource Management, recently about this and that, and she mentioned the new head of diversity at Twitter was a white man. I’d heard of the appointment as we rang in the New Year, and my immediate reaction was, really? … Continue reading Can a White Man Lead Diversity?
Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal released “Twitter Users’ Diversity Becomes an Ad Selling Point” featuring new data from Pew Research Center. It’s official: Social media is a veritable treasure trove for those who want to sell products and services to minorities.
According to Twitter’s new multicultural strategist Nuria Santamaria, advertisers are increasingly interested in data about racial and ethnic minorities activity and patterns of engagement on Twitter, “from basic numbers to the languages in which they tweet.” Not surprising given their growing demographic size and buying power, Hispanics tweet more than any other group; their activity increases even more when the conversation is around technology. Continue reading ““Black Twitter” Equals Big Business”