BitchBuzz: Exploding on the Internet

So, yeah — it’s a bit late. The column I usually send in on Wednesday to appear on Thursday was there, unsent, Thursday late. I would say I can’t believe I did that, but it’s all too believable with the hectic way things are. I take it as a reminder to slow down and pay…

BitchBuzz: The Internet Will Kill You

Crash bang wallop: it’s that kind of day. I thought I had already resigned myself to the fact that February will just be a dead run, but then I have to take another breath and realise I still need to run faster. That first week in March I will dissolve into a week of pure…

BitchBuzz: The Worth of Women’s Words

My latest column for BitchBuzz was inspired by a random confluence of things — or, if you don’t believe in coincidence, a surprising (to me) confluence of wyrd. Love the image from the Gagosian exhibit on J.G. Ballard’s Crash, Douglas Gordon‘s Self-Portrait of You and Me (Jayne Mansfield) from 2007: Somehow a weird collision of…

In Anticipation of Women’s Month

Last year’s celebration of women during Women’s History Month went so well, I’d like to invite participants to be guest bloggers for this March. All you need to do is pick a day and send me (in advance, please) a blog post. Please feel free to link to your own work or sites that are…

Jane Quiet: Fashion Icon?

Ah, the randomness of the internet! This post on Polyvore showed up on my Google search for Jane Quiet. No idea who this user is or what prompted them to choose Jane, but it’s kind of cool (especially the raven ring!), though Jane would never wear those shoes. You can’t chase demons in those heels….

BitchBuzz: Hoax News

My latest BitchBuzz column manages to slip in a Fast Show reference before turning to its topic of the lack of critical reading skills by seemingly everyone on the ‘net. Part of the phenomenon comes from the universal lack of time and also the ease of forwarding what looks like an interesting/amusing/incendiary headline without actually…

Death on the Internet

Dietmar Trommeshauser was the first person that I knew only from the internet who died. We make a lot of noise about virtual communities being every bit as real as fleshly ones, but it’s very easy to offer help and support with a quick email message or even a Paypal donation to a worthy cause….

BitchBuzz: When (Obsessive) Online Tribes Go Bad

My latest piece for BitchBuzz manages to fit in a little information about the Middle Ages (correctives to common misconceptions) as well as some well-earned hand-wringing about the easy tendency toward flame wars on-line. It’s irritating to realise that so many of these virtual brawls could be avoided by the use of good reading skills…