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  Reportage aims to give readers and viewers the impression of being there; we consume news because knowledge of goings on in faraway places grants us the illusion of actually participating in significant events. The most famous photojournalistic images either capture something so momentous or historic that they make us forget that we weren’t actually there when it was taken. The well-known “Kissing Soldier” photo is one such image; although ... Read More
  The artist Addie Wagenknecht is known for her critical examinations of internet culture. In the past, she has staged performance art pieces revealing the appeal of anonymity. She has created internet pages that refuse to load, revealing our urgent need for gratification through imagery. In Brussels’s recent Digital Now exhibit, she uses the internet and technology, tools that she admits are generally controlled by men, to create groundbreaking and ... Read More
This weekend, amidst my hectic schedule of clicking "Next Episode" on Netflix, I was introduced to the app ThirdLove. The just-launched app promises to fit the user for the perfect bra. I have been fitted for a bra in the past--a Victoria's Secret "professional" with a measuring tape and really cold hands curtly informed me I had a wide back and small boobs. But hey, my bras fit.  Nevertheless, I was intrigued by ThirdLove. Thanks to all the reported ... Read More
Sweetie, a super young-looking computer-animated girl, has disturbingly attracted 20,000 sexual predators, all hailing from different countries and walks of life. Sweetie was created by human rights group Terre des Hommes Netherlands to bring to light the victimization of children in developing countries. After chatting with the 10-year-old Filipino girl in chat rooms, many older men solicited her for "sex performances" online.    Members of Terre ... Read More
  Funeral Selfies are..a thing. The internet is abuzz right now over a tumblr entitled “Selfies at Funerals,” Wherein-- you guessed it-- people take selfies at funerals. Partly in jest, the selfies consist of teenagers making weird faces before , after and during funerals. The hashtags range anywhere from #funeral to #sadday.  Yes, our generation’s access to social media breeds superficiality (see pretty/ugly youtube trend). But holy ... Read More
If you haven't heard of Tinder, a "dating" app for the iPhone, you are probably lying and swiping through your matches right now. It seems like everyone and their grandma (literally...Hi Rhonda, 64) is a part of this bizarre craze. And until recently, I had vowed to be a part of the 1% (mostly just consisting of the Amish) who abstained from checking out dudes on my iPhone.   It wasn't the prospect of "virtual" dating that spooked me. Rather, I firmly believe ... Read More
At one point or another, we've all been on the receiving end of a "How about a pic?" text that left us rolling our eyes Liz Lemon style. Fortunately, a handy dandy new app will help you respond to said messages with all the finesse of a 13-year-old meme-loving boy. Childline, the British charity behind this glorious creation, ensures “Zipit [will help] you get flirty chat back on the right track. It’s packed with killer comebacks and top tips to ... Read More
  In a sexist society, women are conditioned to be cheerful and peppy and men are trained to be confrontational and ambitious. The expectations placed on individuals based on gender contribute to some awful things like assertive women being called “shrews” or kind men being considered weak.    A new study by the Institute of Information Technology in Canada’s Saif Mohammad and Tony Yang suggests that we might internalize these ... Read More
Quick: name a famous inventor. Is it a man? Women continue to fight hard to gain recognition as inventors. Scientific fields and patenting usually favor the dudes, but women created a lot of things that make our modern lives easy and efficient. We were inspired by Mental Floss's list of inventions by ladies and wanted to share them (and add a few), so take a look at twenty five items to be thankful for, and give these women a big round of ... Read More
  The Proteus effect, the influence of virtual and digital identities over offline behavior, has been studied mostly in boys: “Does video game violence encourage boys to be more aggressive in real life?” But Stanford University just published a new study in Computers and Human Behavior that examines the effects of online role-playing and avatars on girls, and it turns out that virtual representations of women can be harmful to young women’s ... Read More