Anti-Bullying Bill Approved by Texas Senate

Cyberbullying has captured the attention of mainstream news – particularly the extreme and tragic exemplars such as the suicides of Megan Meier, Phoebe Prince, and Asher Brown. Apart from news, popular dramas such as Law & Order: SVU  feature several episodes revolving around the use of video games, virtual worlds, and cell phones as technologies…

FlowTV Special Issue CFP – Sports Media: Tensions and Transitions

FlowTV Special Issue CFP: Sports MediaPlease distribute widely; submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 5 As the NFL bans players from Tweeting on the sidelines and the NCAA bans fans’ unofficial Facebook recruitment pages, it is clear that players, fans, leagues, and media institutions are struggling to maintain control in changing mediated sports environments. Yet it…

Weisure…seriously?

Weisure? Or ruined vacation? Welcome to the “weisure” lifestyle by: Thom Patterson, CNN What better way to draw attention to blurring boundaries than by blurring words? Sociologist Dalton Conley has coined the term “weisure” to describe the mingling of work and leisure time. Yea that’s right, I said weisure. I think I find this term even…

In defense of Twitter

It’s hard not to notice the sudden obsession mainstream media have with Twitter lately. Just the other day the New York Times had three, yes three, Twitter stories on the same day. I’m not sure why Twitter is suddenly generating so much attention, some attribute it to Oprah but I noticed it prior to that…

Here I go again

Who knew blogging could get so complicated?  I maintained a personal blog for about five years when I was in college and I loved it and I loved the community I found from blogging; it was definitely my most successful blogging experience. When I started grad school though I began to feel a bit awkward…