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June 22, 2010

Facebook Movie Poster Is Full Of Lies

Facebook-logoThe first official poster for the new Facebook movie, The Social Network, has just been released and DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ.  Because it's full of lies.  Well, maybe not so much lies as probable future forecasts, but whatever.  LIES, I tell you.  LIES.

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June 17, 2010

Top Ten Reasons Why I Should Be MTV'S New Twitter Jockey (or as Many as I Can Think of Until I Run Out.)

Mtv-original-vjs Do you want to be the modern day, virtual equivalent of Martha Quinn? 

Do you know who Martha Quinn is? 

Never mind. Proving that it is solidly on the social media tip, MTV is holding a competition to choose a Twitter Jockey - a TJ, if you will. 

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June 07, 2010

$#*! My Dad Says Trailer May Ease Some Fears

Shit-my-dad-says$#*! My Dad Says, which is apparently pronounced "Bleep My Dad Says," the sitcom based on the wildly popular and hilarious Twitter account (typing that sentence still makes my brain hurt) is slated to premier this fall. Fans of the Twitter account are still uneasy about the network TV adaptation, but perhaps the recently released trailer will put their minds at ease a little.

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January 07, 2010

To Catch a Thief - World of Warcraft

World-of-warcraft-logo This is going to sound like the plot to a particularly geeky episode of Law & Order but it actually happened.

This guy named Alfred Hightower was in trouble with the law for dealing drugs and so he fled the country.

The fuzz tracked him down by checking up on his World of Warcraft character.

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December 30, 2009

Jodifur's Top Stuff of 2009

Logo So 2009, I hardly knew ya, and I'm really not going to miss you so much.  But here is the stuff I really loved in 2009.  Starting with....

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December 22, 2009

Best of 2009: Next Year Better Kick Way More Ass

Bd1c5ff767ef4345_a426099b3178abc4_o So, 2009. It was OK. Not the worst year ever, no, but definitely not as awesome as 2010 will be (I have a feeling). My best of the year list, which has no cohesive theme except it's 1) a list, whoo! and 2) each item has best in the title.

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December 18, 2009

BeTaMaXMas Is Perfect for a Snowy Weekend

TV A bunch of us are anticipating a pretty hefty snowfall this weekend. The perfect activities for such weather are baking, drinking hot chocolate, and watching TV shows...from your childhood.

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December 01, 2009

Subway's Mostly Disastrous Advertising Record Redeems Itself...Slightly

Jared-pants The smell of Subway made me sick when I was pregnant and I still can't really eat there now, almost 8 years later. So, really, their advertising has no effect on me one way or the other. Therefore, I can offer a totally objective assessment.

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October 20, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday to IMDb

ImdbIf anyone deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, it's the creators of the Internet Movie Database. Can you imagine how many arguments have been settled because of that site? And would you believe that it's been around 19 years as of this past Saturday?

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October 06, 2009

NBA Bans/Restricts Twitter Use

Twitter_fail_whaleThe National Basketball Association established new guidelines restricting the use of social media sites like Twitter by its players and banning the use of such sites during games.

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September 22, 2009

What Fox—And Other Networks—Can Learn From 'Glee'

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Yesterday, Fox announced that its new musical/comedy show, Glee, has been given the go-ahead for a full 22-episode season. While this has definite implications for my future as a recapper, it says far more about the success of Fox's marketing campaign for the show, which began with a post-American Idol airing of the pilot and led to a five-month, buzz-generating viral marketing campaign that took full advantage of the popularity of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

So why did Fox give Glee such a fantastic running start rather than a show like, say, Dollhouse, which had a built-in following of Whedonites to help a similar campaign go viralFurthermore, why doesn't Fox give similar promotional backing to other new and returning shows in its lineup? This is pure speculation, but I'm willing to bet it has a lot to do with the Big Fours' simultaneous fear and dismissal of web entertainment and the internet in general, and its out-of-touch perception that only tweens and teens are actually paying any attention to the internet. 

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August 05, 2009

Unleashing My Mad Men Excitement Here

Mad-men You all know about Google Reader, right? It's a handy way to compile all of the sites that you read in one spot, via the sites' RSS feeds. I'm completely obsessed with mine, especially since Google keeps adding new and amazing features to it. One of my favorite features is the ability to share interesting items with people in your Gmail contacts. Your shared items are also compiled on their own webpage. Here's mine.

With the premiere of the third season of Mad Men right around the corner, more and more items are popping up about the show...and I've been sharing all of them with my Gmail contacts because I. JUST. CAN'T. WAIT. FOR. AUGUST. 16TH. DRAPER DRAPER DRAPER JOAN BOBBY SALLY GIRDLES ADVERTISING OH MY GOD I NEED SOME SCOTCH AND SOME LUCKY STRIKES AND SOME SAMMITCHES FROM THE DELI.

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July 06, 2009

Conviction Thrown Out in MySpace-Suicide Case

Lori-drew We were driving to the beach on Thursday, along with half of the Washington D.C. area, and my husband was reading this story to me on his Blackberry, and I'm all huh?  What?  This is over, done.  I learned about "judgment not withstanding the verdict" in law school but that like, never happens.

Ahem.  I guess it does.

For those of you who I have no idea what I am talking about, Lori Drew was convicted last November of three misdemeanor charges having to do with violating MySpace's terms of agreement.  She essentially lied about her age in order to cyber bully then 13 year old Megan Meier, who killed herself.  Last week the judge threw out the jury's verdict.  Kind of.  

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June 24, 2009

Ugliest Tattoos: In Case the State of the World Has You Feeling Schadenfreude-Deficient

Ut-sixpack Let's face it: things right now are...not great. The situation in Iran gets more and more intense every day. The economy is still utter poo. Psychos are out in full force and heavily armed. Personally, I often find myself feeling pretty crappy about being a member of the human race. And sometimes, when I'm that kind of mood, I just really need somebody to look down on. I'm not saying it's good or healthy, but sometimes I just need help getting out of bed with the knowledge that I'm not the biggest idiot around.

Enter Ugliest Tattoos.

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June 11, 2009

Stephenie Meyer Can't Handle the Social Media

StephanieMeyer "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer has decided to take a break from social media. I guess she couldn't handle the MySpace.

Word on the street (and by the street, I mean the internet. Neither Stephenie Meyer nor I spend much time on actual streets with real people) is that once upon a time Ms. Meyer made great use of MySpace and spent a lot of time responding to fans.

Of course, at some point the whole Twilight went supernova. It exploded into four novels and movies and a religion.

Listen, Steph, it isn't that I don't understand social media burnout. I have learned to not even open up Facebook or Tweetdeck if I am trying to work on a deadline. Here is the thing:

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