June 20, 2013 |
It sucks to admit, but celebrities have been known to die from time to time. Americans collectively lose their shit when circumstances like this occur, like we forget that the Reaper is coming for me, you, yo momma and your cousin too. As we become more and more acclimated with living our lives online, you notice certain behaviors starting to occur more frequently. Don't believe me? Let's chart the 12 steps of dealing with celebrity death online. 1. Unverified speculation. This can be a tweeted link or a random person from high school posting on your Facebook timeline.
June 10, 2013 |
Chicagoans are calling for a day of peace on Monday. What started as a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence plaguing the city has transpired into a pledge for no violence on June 10 to help inspire change. Earlier this year, South Sider Bryant Cross, 28, asked Chicagoans to send photos of themselves angry over how many people are killed in the city. A few months later, hundreds of photos are part of the 500 Campaign created by Cross. He tweets the photos, posts them to Facebook and uploads them to Instagram . That led him to ask people to commit to a day without violence and to do something peaceful with their neighbors.
May 22, 2013 |
A handful of elderly folks stopped, peered past a set of double glass doors, scratched their heads and were on their way. “Why's there a bird on the door?” one passerby said, index finger stapled to her chin and forehead scrunched. The younger crowd had a much different reaction. Once the youngsters spotted the sign that hangs just below Section 154 at U.S. Cellular Field, a slight nod of the head and a casual peek inside came to be expected. “This is pretty convenient,” 19-year-old Dylan Goll said.
May 2, 2013 |
I've spent the last year-and-half dating dudes from OKCupid, but now I'm in a place where I'm looking for a more serious relationship. I've been looking for alternatives to OKC, as well as meeting dudes IRL (in real life), and I've been thinking that JDate would be a good match for me. I was raised Catholic, and my family still celebrates Christmas and Easter, but I find that I have the best relationships with Jewish guys. What's the etiquette for joining a site like this when I'm not actually Jewish?
April 25, 2013 |
More often than not, the playoffs bring out the best in players - and in fans. But on occasion, they also can bring out the worst. There are a number of Bulls fans who fall into the latter category, who have been spewing hateful and vile things toward Derrick Rose lately via social media. These fans feel the Bulls could have won Game 1 of their playoff series against Brooklyn, and won by a bigger margin in Game 2 had Rose been in uniform. While he may be in good shape physically, Rose is still trying to get himself ready mentally.
April 16, 2013 |
In the aftermath of dramatic events like Monday's bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, it's a truth of our times that millions of people will get early bits of news via social media. To be sure, sites like Twitter and Facebook were used extensively by police, relief groups and governments to share important information about the bombings. But there's also a more unfortunate side to how the Web responds to sudden bad news. Sometimes accidentally and sometimes maliciously, false information gets loose.
April 4, 2013 |
Ald. William Burns (4th), 39 Three city issues that should be on our radar : social services, poverty, and economic development. Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage? I think that being young is an advantage. I approach challenges and people with a fresh perspective. The job also requires a tremendous amount of energy -- as a freshman alderman, I don't have as many staffers at my disposal as committee chairmen do, so I end up writing letters to constituents and working along side my staff.
April 1, 2013 |
As a stringer for The Associated Press covering the Cubs and White Sox, Ravenswood's Travis Miller is used to watching a lot of baseball games. "125 games I covered last year," he said. Multiply that number by 40 and you'll have a rough estimate of how many he's going to be watching this year. "When you're in the press box, you can't be cheering for teams," he said. "I just want to reconnect with why I love what I do. " The 27-year-old Mets fan was one of two Chicago-area residents - the other being 27-year-old Marcus Hall, a White Sox fan from Aurora - selected to be in the MLB FanCave in New York City for the 2013 season.
April 1, 2013 |
Conan O'Brien must be having a big ol' chuckle today. Jay Leno continues his feud with NBC, seemingly pushing the network into replacing him with Jimmy Fallon as host of "The Tonight Show," a job O'Brien had, then lost when Leno decided he wanted to return to it. Well, O'Brien is experiencing no such turmoil over at TBS. The network has renewed his "Conan" talker through November 2015. "When we invited Conan O'Brien to come to TBS, we knew he would bring with him a passionately loyal following of young adults," Turner honcho Michael Wright said in the statement below "Conan and his colleagues at Team Coco have gone far beyond that by making 'Conan' the top late-night brand in the digital arena.
March 21, 2013 |
Solving the violence problem in Chicago seems so massive, so insurmountable to its residents. "I want to do something. But what can you really do?" said South Sider Bryant Cross, 28. He found that his morale for the city where he was raised has been low given the homicide rate. After reading stories about how January was a bloody month for Chicago, he happened to go through some old photos and came across one where he was angry and shouting. He slapped a caption on it and posted it on social media.