To Like or Not to Like, the Eternal Social Media Question

You may have heard that Instagram is experimenting with its functionality. In July the popular social media platform began eliminating likes from posts in seven countries – the U.S. was not one of them – "claiming the feature will help to reduce its associated impacts on mental health and societal pressure."  The experiment hasn’t been running for long. Digital …

The Pitiful Tale of Bret Stephens, the Two-Line Tweet and Becoming This Week’s Media Bug-aboo

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 …

Another Small Ode to the Late Toni Morrison, and the Importance of Word Choice When Blogging

I had de ja vuh like for real this week. But it was nothing new, nothing unfamiliar. Sadly, this won’t be the last time someone says something stupid to me about something race-related. I apologize in advance if that word stupid seems harsh, but it’s getting boring, you know? Well, I guess you don’t know, …

Jay-Z, I Can’t Help But Feel a Little Dodgy about this New NFL Deal

So, Jay-Z made a multi-year deal with the NFL that has people doing some serious talking this week. His entertainment company Roc Nation will help the NFL choose performers at league events, and help the organization's social justice efforts. I’m not one to follow the crowd by any means, but on this one I’m leaning …

Cory Booker, There’s Colloquialism and There’s the Presidential Debate

So, Democratic Presidential candidate and current New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is all over the news this week for his use of a popular colloquialism referencing Kool-Aid – sigh – during the second night of CNN’s Democratic primary debate. It was funny, and he handled the ridicule in the aftermath well. But man. Talk about cringe worthy …

How to Check Out for Mental Health Issues If You’re a British MP in a Social Media/Sexual Harassment Scandal

Okay, so if one of your employees calls you out publicly – using your Twitter account no less – for being, what was it exactly? Ah: “the most disgustingly morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with”, there’s a few ways you can handle it.  You can take the high road a la …

Trevor Noah for President: He’s Smart, Thoughtful, and He’s Sees the Value of Inclusion

I love Trevor Noah. Not in an, I wanna lick your face and stalk you online nonsensical kind of way. This is more like, wow. What a good dude. The comedian and host of The Daily Show seems so empathetic, so smart, so kind and thoughtful. Patient too.  Sometimes just listening to him talk makes …