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Should American Religious Groups Censor Outsiders Who Blaspheme?

September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day, an unholy day on which people celebrate the legal right to defy religious leaders’ attempts to restrict speech and artistic expression. I’m tempted to design a set of bedsheets carrying the images of Ganesh, Mohammed, and Jesus to mark the occasion. [...]

If People Are Created In The Likeness Of God, And People Like Pornography, Then…

Independent Political Report brings to our attention the interesting political agenda of a small political party calling itself the Prohibition Party. Though it’s named the Prohibition Party, and it’s anti-pornography, the party doesn’t seek to prohibit pornography.

The Prohibition Party explains. “Believing that we, as humans, are created in the image and likeness of [...]

Plants Maps – Now With Maps!

A few months ago, I asked the rhetorical question, What kind of Plants Map has no map? I was referring to a web site called Plants Map, which is aspiring to serve as a kind of social media network for gardeners. It’s a great idea, but at the time, what stood out about Plants Map [...]

Does Art Really Overcome Prejudice?

Art may sometimes oppose prejudice, but it can just as easily be used to support prejudice. [...]

After We Bring Back Our Girls, Can We Beat Them?

Of the 411 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to express outrage about violence against children in Nigeria, 389 have not signed their names to legislation to stop violence against children by public schools in the United States. [...]

Has Social Media Really Killed Off Traditional Media?

“Every day fewer and fewer people get breaking news from a newspaper or even TV.” — Social Media Today, “Is News Dead?”

A tallyboard for historical ship replicas touring the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. provided one indication this week to the contrary:

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HP Bends the Rules to Trend with its #BendTheRules Twitter Campaign

The ancient technology corporation Hewlett Packard (long since KFC’ed to “HP”) is trying to recast itself as young and rebellious with a social media campaign this week. Here’s a sample from the microblogging platform Twitter:

Show us what you’re doing to #BendTheRules and get your name on @IanWalsh4's surfboard. http://t.co/fEGnrOMJMx

— HP (@HP) June 25, [...]

Coca Cola’s Plan For Diabetes-Friendly Soccer

When Coca Cola thinks of soccer, this is the image it has in mind:

A person walks into Coca Cola’s marketing building – the Casa Coca Cola – behind the new Maracana stadium in Brazil, sits on a bench and has a weird box harnessed over their heads. The box, a virtual reality console, beams [...]

School Shootings, Through a Media Filter

Two years ago, I looked at school homicide statistics. Those statistics revealed that despite media hyping of school shootings as some kind of “epidemic,” school shootings were actually both rare and on the decline. What’s more, those same statistics showed, the vast majority of shootings through 2010 occurred outside of schools, not inside them.

It’s [...]

Protest Twitter’s Support For Theocratic Censorship

Today, a coalition led by the Ex-Muslims of North America is organizing a day of protest against what it calls Twitter Theocracy.

Instead of standing up for free speech, Twitter has agreed to censor user accounts that the government of Pakistan regards as blasphemous. Twitter has issued statements that it’s preferable to comply with theocratic [...]

How to be a Girl, How to be a Boy: Tips from the Vending Machine

Lessons from a vending machine:

How to be a Girl How to be a Boy Fly Glitter brightly Be a butterfly Dream Be mystical Wear sparkly jewelry Expose your cleavage and midriff Get nautical, but in a loving way Be sweet and fruitful Smell sweet like a rose Admire flowers Be two inches tall [...]