Capturing moments and sharing memories has usually been a source of joy. Photos are, after all, intended to capture history, lovely moments and times spent together. They are also intended to bring a bit of happiness to the viewer, correct?
It hasn't been a good past month for Egyptian Information Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud who's still being ridiculed for what Arab TV viewers consider an on-the-air pass at an attractive but serious talk show host.
As the closely contested 2012 presidential election further heats up, more groups will skirt the social media censors and ratchet up their hate filled vitriol on their sites. They'll pawn it off as poking fun and satire at Obama, and minorities. And for the most part they'll get away with it.
All over the world the rural poor leave open sky and rolling plains to flock to the edge of the metropolis and the middle class is clinging to its precious status in the heart of cities by contending with far smaller living spaces than those of previous generations.
This Valentine's Day, go ahead and make use of the latest technology when looking for love. But do so with the realistic expectation that finding that special someone doesn't magically (or scientifically) get easier simply because you're online.
The next Osama bin Laden may not be one bearded man hiding in a walled fortress but instead a group of highly skilled, faceless men behind computers. Cyberterrorism, while still largely science fiction, lurks around the corner.
Unless we use technology to reinvent our current systems of education, we will suffer as more and more people are left behind the learning curve, and left behind the mainstream of world economic development.
Neither party, much less anyone, can lay claim to the future of diplomacy in cyberspace without first understanding the incentives of citizens to engage in their respective country's foreign policy in cyberspace.
To me, adding avatars to the mix may threaten the most deeply healing aspect of therapy: the implicit trust forged by the mysterious bond between therapist and patient; the world in which profound discoveries, and life changes, are facilitated.