Free speech is a mother. Without it, the U.S. wouldn’t be the great nation that it is. But with it, well, with it, you can attack almost anyone at any time online, about anything, and escape punishment. You know what I mean. I’m talking about troll attacks. Not the hideous, misshapen fictional wretches that live … Continue reading When Internet Trolls Attack, Who Are You Gonna Call?
It’s been a rough week. First there was Alton Sterling. Then there was Philando Castile. Then Dallas. Death, death, and more death, and I don’t see an end. Because in order for this cycle of murder and retaliation to end, we’re all going to have to accept some hard truths. There are significant racial disparities … Continue reading The Unsavory Truth about Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas PD in the Workplace
I met a fabulous young woman on a flight to New York this week. It was a quick trip to the Big Apple to accept my Folio award — I’m a top woman in media for 2016 — and I expected to sleep, but we struck up a conversation. Before we knew it the plane … Continue reading How Do You Treat Young Talent?
Being an occasionally voluble person — feel free to laugh up your sleeve at that understatement — I read with interest a piece that appeared in The Economist about how our current digital age is essentially a golden era for free speech. I wholeheartedly agree, and even if you don’t, after watching Donald Trump’s successful … Continue reading The Cost of Free ‘Trump’ Speech
I’m feeling a little mean today. I’m facing some sweeping tech system changes at work, which always puts me in a bad mood. So I thought I’d take this time to kvetch about something that just gets on my nerves. I’m talking eye rolling, lip smacking, facial expressions, the works. What is it that creates … Continue reading Business Case for Diversity, My Foot
In 1969 American poet and writer Maya Angelou wrote an autobiography called “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” That’s where this blog title came from. In the book she talked about racism and sexism in her early years, feeling alone, trapped by her blackness, her talents stifled. I can relate. It’s no longer 1969, … Continue reading I Know Why the Caged Employee Sings
I had no plans to blog this week. I was content to bask quietly in my latest accolade – thank you so so much Folio for naming me on of the top women in media for 2016 *cheese* – that and I had little miners testing their pick axes out on the back of my … Continue reading Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and All Lives Matter
So I learned something interesting this week. Actually, interesting probably isn’t the right adjective. It was more disturbing. A colleague and I were talking, and he revealed that for the first six months he worked at our company — we’ve been working together for many years now — he was scared of me. *crickets* I … Continue reading The Skin We’re In
I know, I know. You’re in shock from that title, but it’s true. We don’t. Minorities don’t know everything about diversity. Black people don’t know everything about black people. Women don’t know everything about other women. Gay people don’t know everything about LGBT, etc. We can’t. There’s too much information for one brain to hold, … Continue reading Women Don’t Know Everything About Gender Issues