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Oh, hell yes. Happy to see Wu-Tang up in here.
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Any revolution in the depiction of women’s bodies is not going to come from marketers, whose job it is to construct a narrative in which a person is incomplete until a product is purchased—and so must create feelings of unworthiness and desire, as well as an impulse to change. The problem with looking to companies, even well-meaning ones, to determine ethical standards is that the effort will always feel cynical at some level. And so, as it ever was, the representation of the female form will continue to be a battleground.

On the marketing of "real" women’s bodies — The New Yorker 
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How Twitter's New Redesign Aids Journalists

Too often re-designs of social tools worsen, not improve, the experience for me, especially at Facebook. Buttons move, disappear or become so non-intuitive as to boggle the mind. This week’s design tweaks over at Twitter* seem pretty cool, as this Poynter post notes. 

I especially like Twitter’s expanded profile box to include work email and phone numbers (super helpful to journalists looking to expand social sources) and the ability to “pin” or highlight one of your particularly representative tweets. 

* I spend a hell of a lot more time on Tumblr than Twitter but that’s all right.

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How Not to Grow Up to be an Asshole

Much love to NYT today for this brutally honest look at how one guy saw the materialistic, career-driven asshole he’d become and got the hell out. Inspiring reminder that life flies by and you ought to do with it “what you want to.”

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In Defense of "Vanity Metrics" in Newsrooms

Easily the best post I’ve read on how to use audience metrics (page views, unique visitors, etc.) in newsrooms. I’m as concerned as the next person about turning news in to little more than a click-bait numbers game.

But this post rightly notes that numbers in combination with solid, human news judgment and more qualitative concerns can do serious good. Listening to your audience even with imperfect numbers isn’t selling your soul, provided you use the data the right way. It’s informed journalism.

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Tea Time with Nanny Maura

I’ve always thought my mom was built for the Internet. Super social, super giving and super Irish. Though she gave up a professional singing career to have us kids and then later to became a professional nanny, she never stopped entertaining people.

As St. Pat’s week draws to a close (holy week in our house), here’s a salute to mom from one of the children she once nannied, Collin Redmond, and whose sisters I babysat as a girl.

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Black Twitter growing into online force

Started doing research for an RFP to introduce my university to its first adult education course* on none other than social media when I found this story. This is so going in my curriculum if the class gets the nod. 

* Pacific Lutheran University offers “0” online courses and “0” f-t-f adult education courses, other than in nursing. More posts to come on this. 

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P.S. Hoffman (A Tribute) (by Caleb Slain)

Absolutely staggering.

I watched this around 3am this morning. I don’t recommend doing that.

He was our generation’s Olivier but with more range …

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Self-affirmation at last … (h/t Global Illumination Council)

Self-affirmation at last … (h/t Global Illumination Council)

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Social Media and the Peril of "Likes" — Douglas Rushkoff

Smart, dark look at Big Brand marketing behind innocuous-looking “likes” from teens. Blog post stems from recent airing of new PBS Frontline documentary "Generation Like." A must-view for anyone interested in teens and social media. Kind of made me gag. 

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Sometimes it’s hard to say no. Ultimately, if you stick to your guns, you have the career that you want. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good payday and I’ll do films for fun. But ultimately my main goal is to do good work. If it doesn’t pay well, so be it. — Philip Seymour Hoffman

(Source: mattybing1025, via newsweek)

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Journalism love, yo, from the wonderful staff at 10,000 words …image

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