Author Archives: bdure

On media hysteria and solutions

Hey, remember Ebola? All the panic? All the breathless accusations because Obama didn’t instantly … I don’t know … build a giant dome over Africa? Much of the coverage and much of the political response was over-the-top. Most of us … Continue reading

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Copyright vs. viral fun

Tough question here. In some cases, people are taking images and giving them new life in new contexts, and everyone wins. In other cases, people are ripping off photographers and artists who deserve to be paid for their work. Not … Continue reading

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My hometown, my writing, my life

Why am I staying up past my bedtime to write about my hometown? At my age, when I’ve been on all sorts of medication because my sinuses are in their annual revolt against whatever is in the air or my … Continue reading

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Sexual politics and self-immolation on the Internet: A case study

Every once in a while, we see a perfect storm of controversy. Today, we saw male entitlement, Millennial entitlement, Internet shaming, muddled online flirting and plain old idiocy combining into a miasma of self-defeating nonsense. I picked up the conversation … Continue reading

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Guardian: Is Tinder really creating a ‘dating apocalypse’?

Short answer: Yes. After that Vanity Fair article about dating apps and the “hookup culture” that surrounds them, an unknown Tinder employee tweeted out a storm of protestations, including: “Our data tells us that the vast majority of Tinder users … Continue reading

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Yes, many parents want to scale back at work

That’s the upshot of this Washington Post piece. The story segues quickly into the expenses of child care, which is just part of the equation. The other part comes later: Jobs with flexibility to tend for kids are essential. (If … Continue reading

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How Jon Stewart changed the media … CNN, at least

When a comedian hands you your ass on a plate, the best way to respond it to learn from it: Stewart clearly has had an impact on other media careers and decisions, most notably on the termination of the political … Continue reading

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