Will Cable Soon Be a Think of the Past?

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Sponge Bob Squarepants watching TVFor the past six years I’ve lived without cable. Through Netflix and Hulu accounts (or those who shared their passwords) and a Chromecast, I’ve successfully gone without signing up for an actual cable account. There are, of course, exceptions as to what can be watched – live sports must be viewed on cable, any type of award show or live event also requires an account. (If it’s that important, I DVR it at my parents’ house, which may or may not be cheating.) But the point is, I haven’t cable … and for the most part, I don’t really miss it.

Bonus perks: there’s no longer that crushing feeling that you’re missing something good on TV, or the even more crushing feeling: paying hundreds of dollars a month for the ability to be a couch potato...

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YouTube Heroes: Internet Vigilante Justice

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YouTube HeroesYouTube recently made the move to get more social.

Under the still-in-Beta “community” tab, content creators (the artist inside me just shuddered) will have the ability to post text, images, GIFs, all the usual social tropes. Users can like and comment on the items in this stream, giving them a way to connect with the channel operators they most enjoy.

Sarah Perez points out that this is Google’s latest attempt to rejigger its social presence. (Any Google+ users in the house?) Social media is snatching up Internet ground like it’s post-WWII Eastern Europe. But is it necessarily a positive that YouTube is becoming more social? More social features theoretically mean more engagement, which means more advertising — so yes, as a business decision it makes sense.

But have you been to ...

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Facebook News Needs Journalistic Integrity

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Facebook news image Who do you consider the ultimate news authority? The way the 2016 presidential election has unfolded begs the question. Perhaps the rational answer is that no news outlet should be considered the end-all-be-all when it comes to journalistic clout. Only with a variety of sources and perspectives can you form a well-rounded opinion.

Throughout the last sixteen months though, even institutions like The New York Times and Associated Press have made some mistakes in an effort to publish quickly. I’ve called attention to the consequences of a 24-hour news cycle before — it has no doubt changed the way news is produced and consumed. We’re starting to see a shift in journalistic trust that tends more toward the chaotic.

Where do you go for news? If you’re a moderately affluent adult in 2016...

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Tips for Starting Your Book Idea … No Matter How Long You’ve Held Onto It

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snoopy typingThere are people who are writers and there are people who hate writing – that’s pretty much how the population is divided. But as it turns out, there’s an entire new set of variables that have been hiding beneath the surface: people who want to be writers, but never seem to get started. The more people I meet, the more often I talk about writing, the more I hear about folks who have this great book idea. Or that they have a relative or an old neighbor whose story they want to tell. Whether or not the ideas are worth writing about isn’t for me to judge (I will be asked if an idea is “good” or “worth pursuing.”) Instead, it’s about the want to write, but never quite moving forward.

What are you should-be writers waiting for?

Get Rid of Your Doubts

Are you worried that your book or essay wo...

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Television Shows Are As Good As Old Friends

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golden-age-of-televisionThroughout my life I’ve found it easy to make friends. (This boast is part of a larger illustration, I promise.) I mean that everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve always had a volume of friends. (Trust me.)

Some people just have one or two buddies with whom they are truly intimate. I don’t think it’s possible to really be close to 40 or 50 people, but I have a long list of guests I’d let crash on my couch for a couple days.

I’ve retained a core group of friends from elementary and high school with whom I will probably always share a bond, but I don’t get to see any of them on a daily basis.

When I moved to college I made new friends living in the dorms, at improv practice, and at other universities (where we would sometimes do improv).

I moved to Dallas a little over a year ago...

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