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Pornography & Pop Culture: Pushing the Limits, Sexualizing Youth

I recently came across Cosmopolitan’s 2010 Sex Survey, which reported that 36% of women use pornography as a “sex enhancer”.  In another Cosmo article, the magazine essentially begs its readers to explore the many “benefits” of pornography.  One standout paragraph said: “While one must be aware of the dangers of porn addiction, [pornography] can be …

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Facebook, Foursquare and Geolocation, OH MY!

Reports out today suggest that Facebook may have partnered with Localeze, a local search provider that provides Twitter’s “places” directory, to debut a new geolocation “check-in” feature in the next couple of weeks. Geolocation (in brief): Geolocation provides the real-world geographic location of an object (like a cell phone or other Internet-connected device).  So a program …

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Tethered to Tech

It’s hard to imagine life today without technology.  My blackberry wakes me up in the morning.  It tells me what the temperature is outside.  It guides me when I’m lost, makes sure I know what my friends are up to, and alerts me of the latest news.  It’s been a constant fixture on my desk …

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Formspring.me-eh?

If you’re like me, you hadn’t paid too much attention to social networking site formspring.me until high school soccer star, Alexis Pilkington, 17, took her life in what could be another cyberbullying-related tragedy.  Although Alexis’ parents have downplayed the role the Internet played in the suicide, the vicious nature of the comments on Alexis’ formspring.me …

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Rape Lay: When online games go too far

In an earlier post, I talked about how a key concern over the popularity of video games is that so much of the content is hypersexualized, and that pornography is often embedded in games (such as Grand Theft Auto).  Unfortunately, some games shatter the line of appropriateness, such as the Japanese game Rape Lay that …

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Not Just Fun and Games

When I was growing up in an urban setting in St. Louis, I spent my afternoons exploring the alleys behind our home and crossing vast concrete expanses on my “horse”—a banana-seat Schwinn.  On the weekends, my dad would take me to Forest Park and, in the summertime, I was privileged to spend time fishing, biking …

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