It’s All About Celebrity, Dahling!

She’s famous for being famous—a minor actress who paved her way to celebrity through reality television, gossip rags and a touch o’ scandal. She’s been a sex symbol, a red-carpet fixture and a resident of the California penal system. She’d be a fitting icon for today’s celebrity-obsessed culture—if her celebrity heyday hadn’t been in the […]

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Unplugged

Let me make a confession: I kinda like media and technology. I work with it, I play with it, I write about it for a living. We live in an amazing time, filled with gadgets and entertainment options inconceivable when I was a little boy. A decade ago, the Internet was a relatively new plaything. […]

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The Age of Technology

The New York Times recently posted an article about mothers and technology, using a study from Parenting magazine and a woman’s social media Web site called BlogHer. The moms surveyed said that new tech could be a good thing for their families, even though it demanded more effort to keep up with the latest advances […]

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Talk to Me, Baby!

Just in case you were looking for another generational bone of contention between baby boomers and millennials, here it is: the common telephone. Cell phone, smartphone or landline, most age groups are spending a lot less time yakking into a handset. Two years ago, 18- to 34-year-olds spent 1,200 minutes a month speaking into a […]

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Movie Monday: The Other Guys

Salt couldn’t do it. Dinner With Schmucks couldn’t do it. But, after three weeks on top of the box office, a couple of Other Guys finally managed to knock off Christopher Nolan’s thriller Inception. The Other Guys, a Will Ferrell-helmed send-up of those action-packed buddy-cop flicks that have flourished on the big screen since, oh, […]

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The Eyes of Facebook Are Upon You

It looks like there’s another way that Facebook is serving mankind: By helping fix traffic problems in India. Hey, don’t underestimate the little social network that could. It all started when overburdened police officers in New Delhi started a Facebook page to let the public friend-up and give them suggestions on how the endlessly snarled […]

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Jumping the Shark … Literally

I’d like to begin today with a simple confession: My wife and I have always liked Shark Week. Ever since we met in 2003, Discovery Channel’s end-of-summer celebration of all things shark has been must-see TV for us. Just as Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom once captivated our imaginations as kids, so this cable channel’s […]

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A Christian by Any Other Name …

So is Anne Rice a Christian or not? The novelist—author of Interview With the Vampire and other supernatural bestsellers—says she’s not. Though Rice made a very public return to faith a few years ago, ditching her vampire trope in favor of some imaginative bios on the early life of Christ, she made a public, and […]

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Movie Monday: Dinner for Schmucks

Inception has been, for the folks over at Warner Bros., a dream of a movie. For the third straight week, the Christopher Nolan/Leonardo DiCaprio thriller thumped the competition at the box office, claiming the top spot with $27.5 million. Steve Carell’s Dinner for Schmucks sauntered into second place with $23.3 million, while the Angelina Jolie […]

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Botoxic Wasteland

Even though “teen toxing,” as Botox use among teenagers has been dubbed, is still relatively rare, it’s on the rise. In 2009, 11,889 teenagers ages 13 through 19 used Botox, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That’s a 2% increase since 2008. And the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports 12,110 Botox […]

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A Zombie World Series

So, oil’s still washing up on the gulf, the economy’s in the doldrums, the honey bees are dying and my favorite baseball team, the Colorado Rockies, have lost nine of their last 11 games. Naturally, my thoughts turn to zombies. I’m only half kidding. Zombies are big in the entertainment biz these days, which pretty […]

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