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It’s better to experience life than tweet about it

Call me old-fashioned, but I get annoyed when people stay glued to their phones at social events — taking selfies for Snapchat, posting status updates, recording video, documenting what they’re doing instead of actually doing it. And I have to wonder what the point of it all is. To “connect” with people who aren’t there? […]

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Web, social media ‘connection’ is a double-edged sword

My mind was wandering the other day and I got to thinking: What did people do before the Internet? And a question I had an even harder time answering: What did I do before the Internet? I can’t pinpoint the exact moment it became a central part of my life, when I started using my […]

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High time for Chris Brown to face the man in the mirror

Another week, another ill-advised rant from Chris Brown. On March 6, the pop/R&B star — affectionately known as Breezy to his fans — offered some R-rated advice about relationships at the Emerson Theatre in Hollywood. And while his tips for men can’t be printed here, suffice to say Brown recommends claiming ownership of a woman’s […]

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Award tour!

So I found out over the weekend that Kassmin Williams and I won a 1st Place award in Science and Technology Reporting for this series we did on social media and teens. Yay! The award is from NENPA, the New England Newspaper and Press Association. It’s pretty exciting to be recognized considering how much work […]

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A few keys to effective self-promotion from a music journalist

Self-promotion is the art of making yourself well-known and well-thought of. Seems straightforward enough, right? But as a music journalist often bombarded by people trying to promote themselves, I can assure you that a lot of what passes for self-promotion these days is actually an exercise in making people ignore you or report you as […]

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The Twitter Chronicles: What fake followers really cost you

It’s not surprising that in a world of ass shots, booty implants, dental veneers, rented jewelry, fake breasts, weaves, lacefront wigs, eyelash extensions and who knows what else, people would resort to buying fake Twitter followers. I first learned about the phenomenon from a local artist who said he was planning to buy fake followers […]

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Paltrow’s tweet heard ’round the world

It was the tweet heard ‘round the world — at least the portion of the world that pays attention to Twitter. One weekend in early June, actress Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted a picture while onstage at Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” concert in Paris, with the caption “Ni**as in paris for real” (the asterisks […]

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Rappers who have more followers than @Nas: June 22, 2012

In honor of Follow Fridays and poor decisions on Twitter, I bring to you a new feature: Rappers who have more followers than @Nas. In this feature, I’ll spotlight rappers who have managed to amass more followers than God’s Son, a symbol of hip-hop substance and the barometer against which rap tomfoolery can be measured. […]

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Donald Trump Gives Mac Miller Props for ‘Donald’ Song Via Twitter

In one of the least likely Twitter exchanges ever, business mogul and possible presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted up-and-coming rap star Mac Miller on Tuesday, co-signing Miller’s song, “Donald Trump.” In between tweets about Obamacare, the debt ceiling and a new hotel he’s opening in Panama, The Donald tweeted: “@macmiller ‘Donald Trump the Song’ gets […]

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