BitchBuzz: Hate Facebook?

My latest column at BitchBuzz.com: It’s the end of the world as we know it! Where’s Buffy?! She’s averted several apocalypses (apocalypse√©? apocalypso?) already. Cameron’s behind this somehow, or Goldman-Sachs, I bet. Oh, wait — it’s only Zuckerberg? For a minute there, I was worried. Yes, as the guys at Wired have warned us, Facebook…

Facebook Philanthropy & Mediocre Mush

My latest column for BitchBuzz contemplates whether Web 2.0 is a failure. I know, I know — I am a real booster of Web 2.0 interactivity and trying to get people on line, but the results can be disappointing when that pack mentality gets transferred to the digital world: Has Web 2.0 failed? It’s supposed…

BitchBuzz: Facebook Crowded?

My latest column at BitchBuzz is up, about the effects of Facebook’s enormous size and attempts to wrangle that power: Sure, I can understand that the estimated 300 million people on Facebook are going to create a hubbub that makes it increasingly difficult to be heard and I’m not going to point fingers at number…

BitchBuzz: Facebook Trains Us

My latest column for BitchBuzz is up. Sure, my greatest thrill is that I was able to work both Peter Cook and Groucho into the piece, but I am interested in the ways that we grow used to new technologies. Watching people cope with change is always instructive and I think the keepers of Facebook…

Join the Cult of Kaity!

The fabulous Queen of Everything, Stephanie Johnson — my co-conspirator in the Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, the gathering place for creative women — designed these fabulous labels for my fictional cult’s official drink, Stargrove Citrus. The cult idea sprang from a silly conversational thread on Facebook, as often happens (though oddly there were no…

Midpoint

I’m midway through the most stressful month of my academic career, so this is why I have been a little neglectful of the blog (though I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter plenty). I wish I could be as relaxed as Kipper, but in between teaching my classes (including a grad class and a team-taught course)…

BitchBuzz: Social Media Disenchantment

My latest column for BitchBuzz, about the disenchantment toward social media by some people who had hoped it would make them rich. I’m particularly pleased that Cate used the picture from All About Eve, that I suggested. Love that film! There’s a great passage in Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room where her character Val captures…

Social Media Breakfast–Tech Valley

Yesterday morning, much too early, I headed downtown to the Capital Rep Theatre, host of that morning’s Social Media Breakfast for the Tech Valley region. The lovely picture is from the CapRep stage: they’re currently deep into Shear Madness. Great set, eh? The featured speaker was Justin R. Levy, a PR/social media maven, who live-tweeted…

BitchBuzz: Harried in 140 Characters

My latest column for BitchBuzz is up. Here’s a taste: With the mainstream blossoming of social media sites on the web, a lot of writers I know are tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, linking and commenting everywhere they possibly can in order to get the word out on their books. A book launch is no longer a…