Youth today are being raised in a digital community that is astounding in its breadth and power. However, certain practices and trends affecting these fledgling digital citizens, particularly those in social media, can be more than troubling.
By pursuing conversations with people about urban legends, conspiracy theories, and the nuttier political and social myths that pervade our culture, I've learned something about people: Our media-fueled "culture war" is in many ways an illusion.
The news media likes to pretend that they are an unbiased filter; that they simply report the stories as the happen. The truth, however, is that election coverage ends up having a lot more in common with Jersey Shore than with C-Span.
Are tweets in different parts of the world taken more seriously than they are here? Do we get so many that we can barely pay attention to them as they fly in? What do we do with the information that we receive from tweets?
Voter suppression in the sunshine state is alive and well under the tutelage of Gov. Rick Scott and metastasizing at a break-neck pace across the country, thanks, in large part, to a coalition of Republican and conservative governors.
When you think of Pinterest, your initial perception might be people planning their future weddings, posting their perfect wardrobes and pinning up their dream homes. But is there a place on this social network for government?
Every day, the single most important new trend within the digital information revolution -- the exponentially increasing amount of unvetted and unverified information now washing over us all -- continues to flashflood forward at a frightening pace.