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Easy and convenient, texting can also be inappropriate

Bzzz. I heard it from the other side of the classroom. Bzzz. It was a familiar noise – the sound of a cell phone set to vibrate instead of ring. I presume that the buzzing is a better alternative to whatever trendy rap song of the week ring tone would have played, had the volume been turned up.…

Good publicity better than no publicity at all

It’s all the rage. Meg Ryan did it, Angelina Jolie did it twice and Madonna is in the process of doing it. No, it’s not the newest plastic surgery procedure. This is something less shallow and way more compassionate.…

Originality suffers when past used as cheap marketing tool

Nostalgia sucks. Not the kind of nostalgia that has one reflecting on the past, reaching back to distant memories with bittersweet admiration. I’m talking about nostalgia that motivates middle-aged men to buy Ford Mustangs – the car of their dreams when they were 16, coincidentally around the same age as their children.…

Consumers fall victim to ‘newest’ craze

A Luddite is one who is opposed to technological progress. Your humble narrator is by no means a Luddite, but she can relate to a Luddite’s sentiments. With all the new technology on the market today, sometimes I think it would be easier to live in a technology-free world.…

Once innovative, MTV dumbed by reality TV

At midnight Aug. 1, 1981, 3 million people across the country turned on their TVs, to be greeted by the words, “Ladies and Gentlemen … rock and roll!” as the infamous “moon man” proudly raised the MTV flag.…

Congress not mending any ‘fences’ with Act

The Great Wall of China is a stunning and archaic mark of human ingenuity. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall is a highly-visited tourist spot. It seems that the House of Representatives feels left out and wants to build America her own wall.…