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The Language Police Live Inside of My Head

Last year I was previewing a textbook that I was about to use in a Human Development course I was teaching. The book was the usual flamboyant montage of facts, grids, and pictures, but then I suddenly ran across a most unusual sentence. It read, ?As a folksinger once sang, how many roads must an individual walk down before you can call them an adult.? I was stupefied. — Bernard…

Spam and the Internet

You’ve probably seen, heard or even used the term “spamming” to refer to the act of sending unsolicited commercial email (UCE), or “spam” to refer to the UCE itself. Following is our position on the relationship between UCE and our trademark SPAM…. Let’s face it. Today’s teens and young adults are more computer savvy than ever, and the next generations will be even more so. Children will be exposed to…

Making the News: Book Introduction (Draft)

In the 20th Century, making the news was almost entirely the province of journalists; the people we covered, or ?newsmakers?; and the legions of public-relations and marketing people who manipulated everyone. The economics of publishing and broadcasting created large, arrogant institutions — call it Big Media, though even small-town newspapers and broadcasters exhibit some of the phenomenon’s worst symptoms. Big Media, in any event, treated the news as a lecture.…

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Vegas 'Trek' attraction could revive franchise

The day is saved when the Enterprise arrives, along with its commander, Adm. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew (news)), and the doctor (Robert Picardo (news)) from the “Star Trek: Voyager” TV series. –Vegas ‘Trek’ attraction could revive franchise (Hollywood Reporter) Urk! Since when did Janeway command the Enterprise? Her ship is the Voyager. The technical details of this attraction are enough to freak your inner geek: “Kasanoff and Johnsen assert that it is…

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With This Rig, I Do Thee Wed

What woman could resist a wedding proposal in the form of a brand-new computer? Johnson popped the question by etching the message, “Will you do me the honor?” into the side of the machine.Photo: Courtesy Michael Johnson –With This Rig, I Do Thee Wed  (Wired) Found via Work in Progress, where Julie Young prays, “Let this never happen to me.”