Journalism

The Rise And Fall Of The Romance Writers Of America — The Inside Story
CULTURE, Journalism

The Rise And Fall Of The Romance Writers Of America — The Inside Story

Inside the rise and fall of one of the world’s most powerful writing groups. The Romance Writers of America, once the world’s largest and most powerful authors’ association, filed for bankruptcy on May 30, 2024. In its filing, the nonprofit blamed “disputes concerning diversity, equity and inclusion” for its membership declining by a jaw-dropping 80%. With just 2,000 members left, the organization finds itself unable to pay US$3 million in hotel commitments for future conferences. I’ve spent a decade studying romance publishing, and I believe the rise and fall of the Romance Writers of America shows how quickly organizations can collapse if they don’t serve the needs of all their members. This debacle could serve as a warning to universities, companies and other groups now abolishi...
Are You Human?
Journalism, TOP FOUR, VIDEO REELS

Are You Human?

AI chatbots are intruding into online communities where people are trying to connect with other humans. A parent asked a question in a private Facebook group in April 2024: Does anyone with a child who is both gifted and disabled have any experience with New York City public schools? The parent received a seemingly helpful answer that laid out some characteristics of a specific school, beginning with the context that “I have a child who is also 2e,” meaning twice exceptional. On a Facebook group for swapping unwanted items near Boston, a user looking for specific items received an offer of a “gently used” Canon camera and an “almost-new portable air conditioning unit that I never ended up using.” Both of these responses were lies. That child does not exist and neither do the camera ...
The Pledge Of Allegiance — A Sacred, Patriotic Ritual
Journalism

The Pledge Of Allegiance — A Sacred, Patriotic Ritual

How reciting the Pledge of Allegiance became a sacred, patriotic ritual. The Continental Congress, the legislative body for the newly declared United States, adopted an official flag on June 14, 1777. The delegates resolved that “the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” In the early years of the nation, though, this flag rarely appeared except in government and military displays. That changed with the Civil War. As historian and author Marc Leepson writes in his book about the U.S. flag, Northerners began displaying it in homes and businesses to show support for the Union. After the war, the flag became a symbol of the reunified nation. In 1885, schoolteach...
The Manosphere And The Black Community
Journalism, TOP FOUR

The Manosphere And The Black Community

How the manosphere found its way into the Black community. In the summer of 2023, I read that YouTube had demonetized a podcast called “Fresh & Fit,” meaning that the show could no longer earn ad revenue. While YouTube didn’t point to an inciting incident, the podcast had recently come under fire for hosting white supremacist Nick Fuentes. During the episode, Fuentes had called women “baby machines” and denied the existence of the Holocaust. Until then, I hadn’t heard of “Fresh & Fit.” But once I learned that the hosts were two young Black men, Myron Gaines and Walter Weekes, I wanted to learn more about what they were saying on their show – and how they said it. The show is part of the “manosphere”: online places where men have conversations for, with and about men. Journa...
Stress, How Much Is Too Much?
HEALTH & WELLNESS, Journalism, VIDEO REELS

Stress, How Much Is Too Much?

How much stress is too much? A psychiatrist explains the links between toxic stress and poor health − and how to get help. COVID-19 taught most people that the line between tolerable and toxic stress – defined as persistent demands that lead to disease – varies widely. But some people will age faster and die younger from toxic stressors than others. So how much stress is too much, and what can you do about it? I’m a psychiatrist specializing in psychosomatic medicine, which is the study and treatment of people who have physical and mental illnesses. My research is focused on people who have psychological conditions and medical illnesses as well as those whose stress exacerbates their health issues. I’ve spent my career studying mind-body questions and training physicians to treat...
New Ransomware Threat On The Horizon
Journalism, TECHNOLOGY, TOP FOUR, VIDEO REELS

New Ransomware Threat On The Horizon

Cybersecurity researchers spotlight a new ransomware threat – be careful where you upload files. You probably know better than to click on links that download unknown files onto your computer. It turns out that uploading files can get you into trouble, too. Today’s web browsers are much more powerful than earlier generations of browsers. They’re able to manipulate data within both the browser and the computer’s local file system. Users can send and receive email, listen to music or watch a movie within a browser with the click of a button. Unfortunately, these capabilities also mean that hackers can find clever ways to abuse the browsers to trick you into letting ransomware lock up your files when you think that you’re simply doing your usual tasks online. I’m a computer scientist ...
I Used Energy Therapy Techniques To Help Me With Space Clearing
Journalism, TOP FOUR

I Used Energy Therapy Techniques To Help Me With Space Clearing

Energy Therapy and how to use it. Fluff & Tuck (cleansing the Auric field) Draw the hands down from head to toe, 4 - 6 inches from the body Your hands are like rakes, feeling for any disruptions in the field, hot, cold, sticky, or tingly. Feel for changes in density. Make six or eight passes as you complete a circuit around the parameter of the body. Flick your hands toward the earth and request that she take the energy and transform it into what ever is needed. Grounding the Root Chakra Place both hands beneath the root chakra Feel for the density of the root chakra Draw the energy down toward the earth, like a cord Opening the Crown Chakra Stand to the side or behind the person you are working on. Place your hands in a triangle above the Crown Chakra. Wai...
You Might Want To Think Twice About Being A Social Media Influencer
INFLUENCERS, Journalism

You Might Want To Think Twice About Being A Social Media Influencer

Want to be a social media influencer? You might want to think again. Canadians spend more than two hours per day on social media platforms. Social media is becoming more prevalent every day, and influencers and those that want to be influencers are too. Influencing is an all-new career option that, until recently, didn’t exist. A social media influencer is someone who has established a reputation for being knowledgeable about a specific topic or industry and has an online following that they engage with. Social media influencers build relationships with their followers through the content they share and interactions on live streams, comments and chats. This in turn builds a greater sense of community and ultimately gives influencers more influential power. However, the world of influe...
The Allure Of Investigating A Person Without Them Knowing
Journalism

The Allure Of Investigating A Person Without Them Knowing

How to Investigate a Person Without Them Knowing About It - A Quick and Accurate Method. How to investigate a person? There are times when we have no choice but to investigate a person. For example, if you are a small business entrepreneur who need to hire a new worker, it is important that you find out more about the person you are going to hire. That is because a small business can easily crumble simply because of one wrong hiring decision. There is also another situation where you need to investigate someone. If you are dating online, it is very important to find out more about the person you are going out with. There are many dangerous predators online waiting for their next prey. It is best to play safe so that you will not be surprised. How to Investigate a Person Without Their...
The Do’s Of Planning And Creating Videos
Journalism, TOP FOUR

The Do’s Of Planning And Creating Videos

YouTube started the revolution of video uploads online. People has gone crazy over this social media site and almost everyone has been uploading their own videos since. Today, it is one of the most prominent and most used by search engines. Its continuously growing influence in the purchase decisions of consumers is just one example of how video has become a more powerful tool for businesses now more than ever. However, merely creating and distributing a video about your business is simply not enough. Aside from other online and offline marketing strategies you can come up with, social media is still a powerful tool and capitalizing on video creation is one of the best tactics. If you're looking to invest in corporate video production, then you have to make sure that it will be usefu...