How I Learned to Stop Loathing the Platform

There’s this viral Simpsons meme that perfectly captures my feelings about the word “platform.” The image shows a newspaper with a photo of Grandpa Simpson shaking his fist at the sky under the headline “OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD.” People post it to mock those who are resistant to change, typically older folks who refuseContinue reading “How I Learned to Stop Loathing the Platform”

The Sister on the Other Side of the Screen

Being a cynical person has its perks. Bogus “miracle” products don’t fool me. Fads or re-hashed trends don’t sway me with their hip pressure tactics. I didn’t fall for mom jeans in the ’80s, and I’m not falling for them now. Persistent doubt has spared me from crushed expectations and helped me view the worldContinue reading “The Sister on the Other Side of the Screen”

Christian Clickbait and the Lost Art of Using Our Brains Online

This must be a joke. Confusion, shock, and other unpleasant emotions smoldered under my skin when I first read a recent viral post featuring a graphic and title that you’d expect to see on the Christian parody site The Babylon Bee. “Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos” blew up on social media last week, generatingContinue reading “Christian Clickbait and the Lost Art of Using Our Brains Online”

How I’m coming to peace with Insta-sham

Scanning the socials several months ago, I stumbled onto some posts that nearly caused me to gag up my morning oatmeal. A group of intrepid mommy bloggers had published a book on all things motherhood, and the authors were fulfilling their due diligence promoting their work by re-posting readers’ photos. Every single image they sharedContinue reading “How I’m coming to peace with Insta-sham”

Cyberslang rant #1

While the Internet has been great for enabling communication, aggregating information, and allowing us to self-diagnose a variety of ailments via Dr. Google, it has severely corrupted the English language. Influenced by texting chatspeak and the one-liner-rama known as Twitter, our everyday speech now contains jargon that violates all kinds of grammatical rules, flaunting syntacticContinue reading “Cyberslang rant #1”