If the last several decades of local newspaper industry downturn wasn't enough to indicate a change in the news reading habits of Americans, then certainly the newest developments online will. Recently NBC launched a hyper-targeted media site, intending to delve deeper into the "sweet spot" of the local news market.
No Pants Day in Arizona goes viral over the social media wires as Tweeters everywhere chatted it up and shared thoughts, quotes, as-it-happens experience and photos.
Since the November election, gay rights activists have been foaming at the mouth over lost opportunity for gay marriage legislation. But all these efforts must beg the question, "Just why should gay rights include marriages that mimic those of heterosexual marriages?"
In today’s world, all it takes is two hours to ruin a lifetime of work and effort. Most interesting though is that behaviors haven’t changed for the better - just the medium of exposing those who behave in stupid, sexist, degrading, and wildly tasteless ways. Perhaps this event will go down in political history as the “Favreau effect” - what not to do right before you start a job with a new new presidential administration.
This year, more than ever, people are longing for the magic of the Christmas spirit. It's that magical time of year when memories are made that will last a lifetime and be fondly remembered year after year.
For years many felt that O.J. Simpson deserved to be behind bars, and now their wish has come true. Today O.J. was sentenced to what will be at minimum, nine years in prison for his part in a 2007 hotel raid. Simpson was charged with robbing collectible dealers of thousands of dollars in sports memorabilia.
As President-elect Barack Obama's transition teams wind up for an historic inaugural event on January 20th, the campaign machine is still running strong. This time though, instead of an election the Obama team is constructing a new direction in government administration. What many may overlook, however, is whether or not this is really such a good idea.
with all the talk of an Automaker bailout in Washington, what seems to be ignored is the fact that the hit to auto makers is not just relegated to U.S. made cars. Honda, Toyota and Nissan profits have also dipped as sales have dropped by nearly 40%. That drop is not as large as the nearly 50% drop for American manufacturers, but it indicates that the problem is an economic shift, not something that requires a bailout at a time when everyone is being hit hard.
I have several social media accounts including a Twitter account, a book club account, Facebook and many others. Recently these efforts have been fruitful in helping me obtain a new contract, proof positive that social media efforts help not just businesses, but individuals as well!
The Presidential election year may be over, but for folks at South Dakotans for Safe Access the election is just beginning, for 2010 of course. The group has recently announced it's intent to submit a proposed medical cannabis law for consideration by the 2009 South Dakota Legislature. If those efforts fail, the group is fully poised to begin the process of getting a public referendum on the ballot in 2010.
In some ways, we have South Dakotan's and prairie dogs to thank for Tom Daschle's nomination as Health and Human Services Secretary - if they hadn't tossed him aside on a whim and a prairie dog itch, perhaps he wouldn't be as prepared as he is today for this marvelous national post!
While the November 4 election win was certainly historic, there is much to live up to in the future. With the news media and voters projecting such high expectations of the new president, it begs the question as to whether his tenure is already being set up for failure.
There is much speculation that the virtual world will be so competitive with the "real world" at some point in the near future, that it behooves us to begin thinking about how this could affect even our real life economy. Instead of focusing on the trivialities of a Second Life affair, perhaps the news media would be more benefited by starting to ask the questions that are really news worthy, such as how this virtual world could encroach the reality who know of today.
No one will ever forget that the year 2008 brought with it many historic events, including not only the first black president this country has ever seen, but also the first female 4-star general to be promoted in the U.S. Armed Services.
In the days since the election Palin has been interviewing far and wide, and garnering a lot of attention for what appears to be nothing but old news and speculations. The media has allowed her to spout derogatory quips about her handlers, the McCain staffers, whom she referred to as "jerks", and in general, how the media (yes, the same people interviewing her now) has not done their job, and should have "done more" to let the "truth" come out, whatever Sarah decided that truth to be, no doubt.
I'm not sure I completely understand the functional use of the newest Honda techno gadget, but I will admit it looks pretty cool! Honda recently released a new gadget that assists people with walking. No, it's not a walker with an iPod attached either, but more like a bike without the wheels!
For many Republicans across the country this morning, the five stages of grieving is an apt representation of their reactions to last night's landslide victory for Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.
I voted for several ballot initiatives this year, but I was troubled with an older friend provided me with this advice "Just vote NO to everything. Change is bad, leaving things alone is better. You're safer that way". Thank goodness the majority of Americans didn't feel that way about the Presidential election yesterday!
Recent reports indicate that the first election results are in! Dixville Notch, New Hamphire opens polls at midnight, and all 21 registered voters have cast their votes. Of the 21 voters, 15 voted for Senator Barack Obama, and 6 voted for Senator John McCain, making this the first time since 1968 that these voters have opted for a Democratic presidential candidate.
Only in American can one women with no real experience become a vice presidential candidate, and thousands of women, just like me, band together in opposition of her candidacy. Today only, October 30, 2008, is a LIVE Webathon where women like me provide their own responses to the Palin VP candidacy and to Palin as a politician in general. This, my dear friends, is history in the making!