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Last week, film director Spike Lee retweeted (to his 250,000 followers) the home address of an elderly couple in Florida named David and Elaine McClain. Lee mistakenly thought the couple were related to now infamous neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.  Turns out, although the McClains do have a son named William George Zimmerman, [...]

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Many of us listen to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show for the entertainment value of his statements. Many of us were not laughing late last month, however, when Limbaugh unleashed a series of derogatory statements about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, referring to her as a “slut,” “prostitute,” and “round heeled” as she [...]

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Last Sunday, millions of people tuned in to watch “the big game.”  Everyone knows what “the big game” means (…just in case, it is an unofficial title for the Super Bowl).  Restaurants and stores all advertise their wares with banners telling you to either to “Stock up” or “Come on in” for “the [...]

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Oklahoma Rep. Battles Violent Video Games

On February 7, 2012 By Michael Walker

By now you’re familiar with all the dangers: weight gain, desensitization, feelings of estrangement, and the wholesale degradation of America’s youth.

I’m not talking about illicit drugs. I’m talking about—users beware!—violent video games. In Oklahoma, State Representative William Fourkiller, a Democrat, is waging war against gory games. Last week, he introduced a bill [...]

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Examining an opposing party’s social media page for damaging pictures or posts has become common practice in many trials, particularly civil trials or those where credibility is a key issue. A Facebook or MySpace picture that contradicts the image a party is attempting to portray can be helpful in swaying a jury. Although using evidence [...]

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On Monday, WikiLeaks announced that it will suspend publication while it raises funds and fights a blockade by financial institutions that has been forcing the non-profit into financial instability for nearly a year. After WikiLeaks published U.S. Cable Leaks in late November 2010, a series of financial institutions refused to continue conducting business with [...]

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Less than six months ago, I blogged about citizen reporters using Flickr and other social media sites as fora to organize and rally amidst unrest in the Middle East.  Here in the United States, we find another example of social media being used as an increasingly powerful and common activist tool: this time, with [...]

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The season finale of your favorite television show aired last night, and the unthinkable happened: You missed it. Fortunately, networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, MTV, and FOX stream full episodes on their websites. However, most of these website interfaces are clumsy and lethargic. Enter [...]

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Hurricane Scandal Brings Storm of Controversy

On August 25, 2011 By Ryan Sawyer

Numerous Miami players may face criminal charges as a result of the emerging scandal.

Just as coverage of the “memorabilia for tattoos” scandal that rocked Ohio State football has finally quieted, a new college football program has emerged as the focus of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) investigation and media frenzy. In a [...]

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Lawmakers in Missouri recently passed the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which limits social media interactions between teachers and students. The law’s main focus is to identify predatory teachers. For example, the law describes procedures a school must follow when students report sexual misconduct by [...]

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