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Clickbait: Nothin' to See Here

don't be reeled in by clickbait

Josh Benton of Harvard’s Neiman Journalism Lab defined clickbait as "Noun: Things I don't like on the Internet.”
There is little to like about clickbait. Clickbait is a headline that generates a momentary rush of excitement that culminates in a rapid letdown. It is a corruption of information, a "bait and switch" tactic that leads to the Internet's most insipid websites and faux blogs filled with picture galleries accompanied by short, vapid blurbs of text.

Activism: Walking the Walk

We are better than this

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The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students are reminding us that youth can speak to power, can foment change, and that it is a force to be reckoned with. These young survivors of the Parkland massacre bring firsthand authority to the gun debate and are showing the adult population how to solve problems.

The Gun Sense Chronicles

bullets on Ben Franklin currency

The country was speechless after Sandy Hook. It took America’s breath away. It was like Americans got a gut punch we thought would never happen. After months of no government action, in September 2013, I wrote the blog post below. I thought it would be the first and only piece I would write about gun violence. I was wrong.

Looking Forward

child looking forward to life

Too often, when they become adolescents, our children feel they must decide on what they want to be when they grow up. Adolescence is just too young for somebody to decide what they will do for a lifetime. Setting goals and self-imposing rules at such a young age can hinder a young person's growth more than help it.

Emotional Cheating

secret
Photo Credit: Kristina Flour - Unsplash.com

I heard a new term the other day, "emotional cheating." I'm not sure what it means. In addition, there seems to be quite a flap over whether an emotional cheater should confess his behavior to his partner. I was surprised to read that several of the sexperts believe that emotional cheaters should lay their souls bare to their partners as if you had a hands-on tryst.

Taking Chances

Giving someone a chance is like selling them a raffle ticket. If they win the raffle, what do they win? Friendship and love are neither gifts nor prizes. Nobody gives another person a chance. When we welcome somebody into our lives, we expect to get something in return.

Ask not

President John F. Kennedy

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard came from President John F. Kennedy.

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

For years this seemed backwards to me. What was so profound about asking what I can do for my country? It was me that needed the help. Then the other day, it came to me in a blinding flash of insight.

Indigenous

Earthday

I saw the above picture on Earth Day. I added the caption, but after I did, I realized that while it is a nice sentiment, it is in error. Earth was not created for anyone. Earth is a magnificent biological system. We are each blessed to be a small part of it.

Why Get Married?

wedding cake

As sexuality become less inhibited, popping the question often becomes the question. Satirically put, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? "

Alone in the Dark

street scene

10 ways to feel safe and be safer.

You may not need a nightlight at bedtime, but walking after nightfall can give you the shivers on the warmest of nights. How can you stay safe without becoming an amateur warrior?