Longer hours on social media may increase teens’ risk of cyberbullying

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How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future

How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future


How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future

Since the start of this country, Black people have transformed their lived experiences into beautiful art that challenges societal and cultural perceptions of what it means to be Black in America. They’ve found light and joy in oppressive spaces through art forms like song and film. Their influential presence is felt throughout the world, ushering cultural change in an industry that has historically silenced their voices for speaking truth to power — as was the case with such legends as Dorothy Dandridge and Eartha Kitt.

During the 2018 BET Awards in June, Strong Black Lead — an initiative spearheaded by Black employees at Netflix — released an ad called “A Great Day in Hollywood,” invoking the spirit of “A Great Day in Harlem” (a photograph depicting popular jazz musicians of the 1950s). The 47 Black entertainers featured in the Netflix ad inspire future generations of Black creatives to trust their visions, despite the industry standards reinforcing society’s message of unworthiness: “We’re not a genre because there’s no one way to be black. We’re writing while black. Nuanced and complex; resilient and strong.”

Black women who appear in the ad, including Lena Waithe and Ava DuVernay, are examples of our culture’s creative legacy. Waithe and DuVernay utilize their art and platforms to educate viewers about political and personal issues, like the lived experiences of queer individuals and those suffering from mass incarceration, respectively.

When people of the African Diaspora are represented in media, it can transform perceptions of Blackness and challenge viewers to initiate social change.

Increased representation of Black experiences, as seen in the record-breaking films Black Panther and Girls Trip, showcased to the world that Black stories and voices matter. The intergenerational composition of the Netflix ad speaks to this larger cultural movement where Black creatives shape media narratives of their own lives and communities, continuing the historical innovations of artists before them.

This is also an accessible Black media movement where audiences can engage in conversations around Black popular culture through social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Young Black creators like Issa Rae, Quinta Brunson, and Franchesca Ramsey have transformed their social media presences into successful careers. Through skillful and humorous storytelling, this movement uplifts and supports work that exposes the harsh realities of being Black in this society.

In a way, this type of media brings to life the Afrofuturist dreams of author Octavia Butler — birthing a future where Black girls and women are given ownership of their lives and stories.

This movement spans beyond entertainment, too. Yes, we have Lena Waithe paving the way for Black women screenwriters, Beyoncé Knowles taking space at Coachella to celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Janelle Monáe defining what it means to be a pansexual “free-ass-motherfucker.” But we also have Tarana Burke, who is advocating for Black women sexual assault survivors and helping get their voices heard by policymakers. We have elected representatives like Congresswoman Maxine Waters, as well as community organizers like Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and BYP100 National Director Charlene Carruthers. When it comes to social justice, countless Black women are leading the charges in their own fields.

Angela Davis, the mother of Black feminist academic thought, said, “Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and Black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When Black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.”

And thanks to the visions of today’s artists and activists, Black girls are growing up in an era when they can see Black women reclaim power structures that have long impacted their lives. Following the footsteps of elders who broke barriers before them, they are ensuring the future leadership of young Black girls across the world.

I believe there is an unspoken language and sisterhood among Black women. It’s evident in the magic of our voices and our desire to uplift each other, and it’s time for the world to not only hear the voices that have always spoken up — but to affirm and magnify them.

So to Ava, Lena, Beyoncé, Solange, and every Black woman changing the world through art and activism, this is a love letter to you. I — and so many others — see you, hear you, thank you, and celebrate you.

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

On Sunday, July 8th, 2018, news broke that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin had gotten engaged while on vacation in the Bahamas. TMZ broke the news and then Hailey’s dad Stephen and Bieber’s father Jeremy seemingly confirmed the engagement in their own social media posts. Justin and Hailey played coy at first, but earlier today the couple confirmed their engagement with his-and-hers social media statements.

Justin opened his emotional Instagram post with a tribute to his future wife.

“Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” Justin wrote in the Instagram post. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first!”

Justin called their union “literally perfect” and mentioned that they got engaged “on the seventh day of the seventh month,” and that “the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection.”

Hailey tweeted just seconds after Justin’s massive Instagram post, and wrote:

“Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with! No words could ever express my gratitude.”

TMZ originally broke the news and reported that Justin proposed on Saturday, July 7th while on vacation. According to an eye-witness, the couple were salsa dancing in a crowd when Justin’s security team asked all nearby guests to put their phones away while he popped the question.

Justin and Hailey have been dating for a few weeks — though they reportedly met in 2009 and dated on and off in early 2016.

Read Justin’s full statement on their engagement, below:

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA VE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!”

Congrats to the happy couple.

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Insiders say they designed social media to be ‘behavioral cocaine’

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The Shocking Backstreet Boys Rape Case That the Media Keeps Ignoring

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Over two decades later, the Backstreet Boys keep coming back.

For nostalgia-seekers, the perennially-second-best boy band’s upcoming tour might hold some appeal. With the relaxed pace of men celebrating their twenties’ 25th birthday, the band has been creeping into the zeitgeist with new music and televised performances. In May, they released the single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” their first in five years, teasing an upcoming album. They went on to perform the track at the CMT Music Awards, where they announced plans for an upcoming world tour. They also appeared on The Tonight Show, performing a rendition of “I Want It That Way” for Jimmy Fallon’s “Classroom Instruments” series.

With nine studio albums, a Las Vegas residency and countless tours under their belt, the Backstreet Boys have worked pretty consistently since their late-‘90s superstardom. But their latest efforts follow sexual-assault accusations made against Nick Carter, the breakout star of the band, which are currently the subject of an ongoing police investigation. And Carter’s alleged victim, Melissa Schuman, refuses to stop calling out her abuser and the complicity of those facilitating his comeback.

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AT&T-Time Warner Analysis: Judge Puts Legal Framework on Forces of Disruption in Media

The 172-page opinion in the AT&T-Time Warner anti-trust case makes it clear that U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon did his homework to understand the seismic shifts that have rocked the pay TV marketplace during the past decade. The trial in D.C. federal court wasn’t just about whether the union of AT&T and Time Warner […]

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NABJ Aims to Take Control of Black Male Images in Media

“No one is coming to save you,” said Access correspondent Scott Evans. There was some real candor during the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists’ “Images of Black Men in Media” panel this past weekend.

“No one is coming to show you, you,” Evans continued. “It’s your responsibility to show us, you. If you have an Instagram page, if you have a YouTube Channel, you can craft stories with our perspective and reach people who need to hear it. You don’t have to wait until you’re on Netflix, on NBC, in an Oscar-winning film or on a trailblazing news magazine format show to do it.”

NABJ’s nationwide Black Male Media Project, which aims to help change the narrative around the lives and images of black men in the news and in society, hosted a diverse panel of entertainment and media personalities including, Queer Eye host Karamo Brown, Access correspondent Evans, actor and comedian Lil’ Rel Howery, and TMZ producer Van Lathan. The panel was moderated by NABJ-LA Vice President Jarrett Hill.

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“Images of Black Men in Media” Panel, NABJ-LA Vice President Jarrett Hill, Queer Eye host Karamo Brown, Access correspondent Scott Evans, actor and comedian Lil’ Rel Howery, and TMZ producer Van Lathan (Image: Instagram)

 

“The great thing now is we are putting ourselves in positions to executive produce, star in and write and tell our own stories,” said comedian Lil’ Rel. “Before I did my show on Fox, I was on The Carmichael Show and I was impressed by the way Jerrod [Carmichael] really worked every level of it. He wasn’t just taking the credits, he was actually doing the work, same thing with Issa [Rae], same thing with Donald [Glover]. They inspire me. From this point on, there is no reason why I shouldn’t run my show. I should be able to tell my story and be able to sit in the writer’s room with the other writers and create these stories.”

This event was a part of a bigger conversation that took place at various chapters nationwide. The organization hosted multiple NABJ affiliate chapter conversations in several cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, simultaneously. The initiative is designed to inspire, support, and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in or aspiring to work in journalism and media.

“It’s important that we have a part in the crafting of the images we see of ourselves in media because of the way they influence us, the way they impact what we believe about ourselves and what others believe about us,” said Hill.

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Will Smith Drops A Few Hot Bars, Social Media Approves

As you may have heard, Will Smith is a big time movie star, former rap star and a social media phenomenon, racking up 15 million followers on Instagram in a matter of months. His posts have been worth it, though – from tours of Australia and Columbia to inside stories about his career and cameos from his wife Jadaand children Trey, Jaden and Willow, he’s made social media fun again. He may be the celebrity most fun to watch on social media outside of Rihanna.

Today, he blessed his followers with some new music. A surprise few bars had Smith trending nationwide on Twitter, even on a day when the NFL agreed to fine teams if they have players who don’t stand for the national anthem and Shannon Brown’s younger NBA player brother, Sterling, was the focus of yet another violent response by police to the most innocuous of provocations.

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Sean Combs is laying off one-third of his staff at music cable network Revolt media in order to make room for producing lifestyle content according to Fox Business.

In a memo to staff members, CEO Roma Khanna explained that move was done in order to expand their operations. “We will work with more outside voices, producers, and influencers while maintaining a strong editorial core in-house,” said Khanna. “We will also create a more healthy and stable business base from which we can grow.”

Combs started the company back in 2013. Variety magazine reports that at least 50 employees will be let go between his New York and Los Angeles offices.

“This move is about strength and growth. As one of a very small handful of networks owned and controlled by the African-American community, we need to ensure we remain fiscally strong so that we can continue to authentically represent the culture,” wrote Khanna.

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How social media is hurting your memory

How social media is hurting your memory


How social media is hurting your memory

Each day, hundreds of millions of people document and share their experiences on social media, from packed parties to the most intimate family moments. Social platforms let us stay in touch with friends and forge new relationships like never before, but those increases in communication and social connection may come at a cost. In a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers showed that those who documented and shared their experiences on social media formed less precise memories of those events.

In a series of three studies led by Diana Tamir of Princeton University, researchers explored how taking photos and videos for social media affects people’s enjoyment, engagement and memory of those experiences.

Participants watched engaging TED talks or went on self-guided tours of a church on Stanford University’s campus. They were asked to record their experiences in several different ways: to take photographs or notes of the event, to record the event but not save it, to share the event on social media or to reflect internally. They were then asked how much they enjoyed the experience, how much they maintained focus or if their mind wandered, and then took a quiz to test their memory.

Tamir and her team found that sharing experiences on social media did not seem to affect how much people felt that they had enjoyed the experience or were engaged. However, those who wrote down, recorded or shared their experiences performed about 10% worse on memory tests across all experiments.

The researchers concluded that the likely culprit of the memory deficit was not purely social media, because even taking photos or writing experiential notes without publishing them showed the same effects. Just interrupting the experience didn’t seem to hurt, because those who were instructed to reflect on a TED talk internally without writing retained as much information as those who watched it normally. Instead, it was the act of externalizing their experience — that is, reproducing it in any form — that seemed to make them lose something of the original experience.

These findings are rooted in research on transactive memory, or the way that we divide information between internal storage — what we decide to remember — and external storage, which is what we store elsewhere. Before the Internet, information was intuitively distributed between a person’s mind and external storage in the form of experts and books. Dividing information in this way is thought to maximize the available knowledge of the social group while allowing experts to form a deeper understanding of their field. On a smaller scale, studies show that romantic partners spontaneously allocate memories between each other. Each partner takes responsibility for a portion of the information that needs to be remembered, increasing what the couple can recall.

Externalized information used to take effort to retrieve, but with the arrival of the portable Internet, almost any fact is accessible within seconds. This ease has produced what researchers call the “Google effect,” in which there is less need to store information internally when it is so easily accessible elsewhere. This availability of external information causes us to neglect information itself, but instead remember where to find it. For example, one study found that if people playing a trivia game believe that a computer is storing each trivia question for them to study later, they do not form a memory of the information they want. Instead, they form a memory of how to retrieve that information on the computer.

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The current study suggests that the same process may be going on for experiential memories, which in the past could not be readily captured and stored externally. With the advent of smartphones and social media, we may externalize not only knowledge, but memory of our most fun experiences. Although these experiences may be preserved on our devices, what remains in our memory may be diminished. Furthermore, these studies did not allow people to freely use social media as they might in a natural setting, which might compound these effects with the added distractions of multitasking, scrolling through friends’ posts or buzzing notifications.

This effect is related to another concern linked to social media: FOMO, or the fear of missing out. With the rise of shared content, the exciting activities that you could be doing at any given moment are more apparent than ever, which can lead to a feeling of apprehension that others are having rewarding experiences without you. FOMO, not surprisingly, is associated with being less satisfied with your life, in a worse mood and emotionally unfulfilled. But as the current study suggests, being the one sharing the content may also make you miss out in a different way. Although people in the study reported being just as satisfied and engaged in each activity, those who externalized it to their phone or a piece of paper seem to be missing something of the original experience — an aspect that can’t be captured in a social media post.

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Students who took part in a program that taught scientific argumentation learned the concepts better than their peers who did not, a study concludes.
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I’m still waiting for a book that actually talks about the real realities of new motherhood. How the early days of breastfeeding don’t just hurt, it feels like your nipple is being inserted into a pencil sharpener. How you won’t just be tired, you’ll feel as if you’re the subject of a sleep-deprivation study performed by sadists.

You’ll also be lonely. True, the population of your household will increase by at least one. Friends and family members will be visiting. Your partner may even be home on family leave. There will be more people around you than usual. Yet you’ll feel like you’re stranded atop a glacier in the middle of the ocean. Alone, with no one in sight.

There’s a cure. It’s mentioned, but I found its importance was glossed over. It should be written in bold and surrounded by flashing lights: moms need other moms friends. It’s imperative to our survival as new moms — no, just as moms at any stage. As humans, too.

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And while befriending any person who is or has been responsible for raising a tiny human, one who’s doing so at roughly the same stage as you is even better. There is something magical about telling a friend, “My child screams like a howler monkey the second we step inside a restaurant,” and hearing “Same here!” in response.

Sounds pretty great, right? It is. However, making those mom friends is difficult. At least it was for me.

I moved in my third trimester and went on bedrest a week later. Sure, I tried to catch the eye of other pregnant women in the waiting room of my ob-gyn’s office or in birthing class. But my haphazard efforts weren’t successful. I gave birth friendless. 

Yes, my husband and parents were around. No, it’s not the same.

During the first few weeks of my son’s life I had insomnia. I was nursing a newborn every 2-3 hours and wide awake in between. Despite knowing that screen time would feed my inability to sleep, I logged on. Often.

I was desperate to do online what I couldn’t do in my daily life: make mom friends. 

Buoyed by exhaustion masquerading as confidence, I made a bold decision. Choosing full transparency and honesty I came clean on my Instagram account (my social media platform of choice). “I’m lonely,” I explained, in a photo caption. “Scared, with no idea what I’m doing as a new mom. And I need friends. Anyone interested?”

I was flooded with excitement and anticipation when my inbox began filling up. People commented. Introduced me to their friends. I started my journey, albeit a non-traditional one, toward making mom friends.

With a growing confidence I went on Facebook. The BabyCenter Community boards. I began commenting, engaging, responding. I soon had a new group of virtual mom friends. I was blown away by how many others were in my situation and were more than happy to connect.

Instagram became, and still is, my lifeline. I’ve also helped other moms connect there as well. I’ve been supported in the dark days of my PPD journey. I’ve had others celebrate with me, cry alongside of me. And never let me feel alone.

Due to geography I haven’t been able to convert all of my virtual friends into “in person” pals. Most are in other states, a few are even in other countries. Distance has never impacted our connection or friendship.

But I’ve been able to meet up with quite a few. Some even attended my son’s birthday party. It makes me smile when I’m asked how me met and I answer, “on Instagram.” It’s a sign of the times. Our connection, virtual. Yet somehow more real than many other relationships in my life that are face-to-face.

There’s something unspoken that two women share once they become moms. We know. We’ve felt it, thought it, laughed or cried about it. And are happy to be there for others as they experience it, too.

I could have been consumed by loneliness and fear. Yes, I had friends. Some were moms. But none were in the same trench at the same time I was. So I took what was at my disposal at the time — the internet — and made it work for me. 

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I didn’t have many other options at 3 a.m. in the midst of a cluster feeding session. It’s not conventional. But it turned my life around.

My husband and I recently moved again. This time I went straight to social media to announce our plans and solicit friends in our new area. I actually had play dates arranged within days of our arrival. 

Sure, social media has its downfalls. But it’s also really good sometimes, too. Great, in fact. 

Just ask me and my mom friends. 

For more mom moments — or to be virtual mom friends — follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

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This Week in Women: What Trump (and the Mainstream Media) Got Wrong About Immigration and Rape

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Talking Back to Trump on Immigration, Rape and Abortion

Once again, control of and concern for women’s sexuality played a central role in a major news story this week—but more as a political football than as an issue of true value in and of itself.

On Thursday, President Trump’s offhand remark that women immigrating without documentation into the U.S. were being raped “at levels that nobody has ever seen before” set off a firestorm. His press secretary doubled down, reiterating that women and young girls are victimized on the journey north, and that it’s “quite bizarre that reporters would cover this up.”

Plenty of brave journalists have reported on this over the years, but not enough have given this issue its due, and the media reaction today risks marginalizing sexual assault even further. This New York Times story insensitively implied that sexual assault wasn’t happening because people “hadn’t heard about it” even when we know most rapes aren’t reported. And the Washington Post headline said Trump “conjures up a new immigrant rape crisis.”

Sexual assault is real—and the problem here is not that Trump is imagining it, but that he’s leveraging it politically with zero commitment toward helping affected women. He also fails to acknowledge that individuals from U.S. border patrol and police officers as well as smugglers, traffickers and fellow migrants have all been accused of sexual assault.

This is too big an issue to be spun into a political back-and-forth that misses the point. An Amnesty International investigation estimates that as many as 60 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the migrant trail, and Fuller Project’s own reporting has also uncovered the prevalence of sexual assault on migrant women and girls. Journalists must be allowed to continue to report on sexual assault in the future—without being labeled as advancing Trump’s viewpoint.

Abortion, on the other hand, has the full attention of the Trump administration. This morning, The Hill reported that the head of The Office of Refugee Resettlement keeps a spreadsheet of detained refugees who are either pregnant or want abortions. “Creepy” was how this commentator described it.

More Stories from the Week

Winnie Mandela passed away Monday, and as debate “rages” around her legacy, we see how hard it is for some to accept a woman—a black woman—as a powerful leader on her own terms. Many news outlets chose to describe her primarily as wife to Nelson Mandela, instead of leader of a revolutionary movement. Others accused her of cashing in on his name, or of being racist. Would a white man who played a leading role in overthrowing decades of oppressive rule be described asa bully or primarily a husband, or treated with such hostile scrutiny, the Guardian asks. Here’s a balanced quick overview of her life. With women’s legacies too often viewed through a biased lens, it’s no wonder they represent fewer than eight percent of public statues depicting historical figures in the U.S., and none of the 44 memorials maintained by the National Parks Service, according to a 2016 study.

Police identified the shooter at YouTube offices in California as a woman, Nasim Najafi Aghdam, in her 30s. Women have been involved in only 3.75 percent of active shootings, according to a 2014 F.B.I. study of 160 active shooting incidents.

A landmark gender study revealed on Thursday that Rwandan men enrolled in a program for fathers and couples are much less likely to use violence against their female partners and spend almost one hour more per day doing household chores. Given that working with men in this way is a relatively newer approach to ending oppression of women, this study makes a deeply significant contribution to the evidence base.

In Canada, women now make up 44 percent of Canada’s top diplomats, compared to 29 percent three years ago (UK is still only 19 percent). This interesting article out this week tells the story of women in Canada’s foreign service.

On Wednesday Massachusetts passed comprehensive reform to address untested rape kits. Here’s a quick story, and we’ll have a bigger one for you next week.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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Here’s How Much We Made Selling Our Media Collections to Decluttr


Editor’s note: This post was originally published  in June 2016 and updated by The Penny Hoarder staff in 2018.

In college, I liked to show off my movie collection.

The shelf stood proud in my living room, not far from my TV. It was like a status symbol — in my mind, at least. When people came over, they knew they had options.

Over the years, I’ve amassed about 100 movies and TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray.

Looking back, I’m not sure which status it might have bestowed on me. At what point do you cross the line from hobbyist to hoarder?

But I was proud of it.

A decade later, the collection is less something I brag about and more something I’m forced to deal with every time I move.

So far, it’s been easier to wrap my movie shelf in packing tape and shove the whole thing into a U-Haul than to actually sift through and decide what’s worth keeping.

But I got married recently, so maybe I’m finally feeling like an adult. Maybe.

My wife and I have been listening to The Minimalists podcast, and it’s making us look twice at all the junk we have lying around.

The podcast raises the question, “Does this add value to my life?” If not, why keep it?

These DVDs and Blu-rays used to, in one way, add value to my life. But now, they just collect dust in a cabinet.

But now I’ve found a way to make them literally add value to my life.

The Easiest Way to Sell My Clutter Online

Even though I hate the clutter, I hate the idea of throwing away perfectly good movies way more.

And I don’t want to just dump them at a thrift store. I paid good money for those once!

There are a few ways I could go about selling them.

I could list everything individually on Amazon or Ebay — but for dozens of titles, that sounds like a nightmare.

I’ve seen some people do OK selling CD and DVD collections on eBay. But even those aren’t guaranteed to sell. And if they do, I’d have to deal with shipping and, potentially, an annoying buyer.

Extra closet space doesn’t seem worth the trouble.

Instead, I tried Decluttr.

Decluttr buys your old media and electronics. The service saves you the hassle of managing a listing, handling payment and dealing directly with buyers.

It accepts CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.

It looked like a simple way to unload some of our junk, so I decided to give it a try.

How Much Can You Make on Decluttr?

I had no idea what to expect going in.

I’m a huge movie fan, and even I haven’t touched most of these DVDs, Blu-rays and Playstation 3 games in years. Would they be worth something to anyone else?

I did some research, and other people who have sold their collections to Decluttr report getting about 50 cents per item.

One user, Gil Flores, sold about 100 DVDs and 75 CDs — he had so many, he said, that he’s not certain of the exact number anymore — and made $ 275, an average of $ 1.57 each.

Flores had tons of media just sitting in his garage, because he’s moved everything he wants to watch or listen to over to his digital library. He was ready to clear it out — and why not make some money while you’re at it?

My collection was less impressive, but I had 86 items to sell. It could definitely add up.

I downloaded the Decluttr app and used my phone’s camera to scan the barcode of each item I wanted to sell. The app gives you an instant offer.

For most of my DVDs, the offers were consistent with my research — between 10 cents and $ 1 each.

A few surprised me.

I got a $ 2.10 offer for “MacGruber” (the 2010 Will Forte “Saturday Night Live” spinoff movie) on DVD. I can’t believe I just let it sit on the shelf for six years! I only watched it once, but not for lack of trying. My friends just don’t get the humor.

These are some of the best offers I received:

  • Grand Theft Auto: V (PS3) — $ 6.81
  • “Hot Rod” (Blu-ray) — $ 4.50
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (DVD) — $ 1.88
  • Flip Skateboards: Extremely Sorry (DVD) — $ 1.42 (I was stoked it would pay so much for something so niche!)
  • “Full Metal Jacket” (Blu-ray) — 75 cents
  • “World War Z” (Blu-ray) — 74 cents
  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (DVD) — 50 cents

Altogether, Decluttr offered $ 54.60 for a combo of 86 titles, including DVDs, Blu-rays and a few PS3 games. Shipping is free, and the company takes everything in one order, up to 500 items.

Not a bad way to make a little extra money.

More recent and easier-to-sell titles command the highest offers. Reddit users discussing the service note offers of up to $ 3, $ 4 or $ 5 for a few titles in each order.

With about standard prices, a few things about Decluttr stood out and made me choose it over similar services.

It Pays Cash, Fast

While you might earn the same amount of money selling to Amazon Trade-In, it only pays in Amazon gift cards.

Decluttr pays in real dollars, via direct deposit, and the payment would hit my bank account the day after the company accepted my order.

Best Prices on Electronics

When we compared offers from several buyback sites, Decluttr came out on top for prices on electronics.

For example, we asked Decluttr for a quote on an iPhone 4, which one of our writers has been thinking about selling. The site quoted her $ 75.

Compare that with just $ 31.85 in her pocket through Glyde, which quotes a marketplace range, connects you with a seller, takes a 15% cut and charges $ 1 to $ 6 for shipping.

Just for kicks, we looked up what a 32GB iPhone 5 would go for — it could net $ 120! The same item would only get $ 45 from competing site Gazelle.

Decluttr also offered me $ 55 for my 32GB Playstation 3 game console. I recently upgraded to a PS4, so I only use the PS3 for Netflix — might as well get paid for it (and have six months of Netflix free).

Free Shipping

Speaking of shipping your order, did I mention Decluttr covers it for you?

Once you accept the offer, the company emails you an order pack with shipping labels to cover the cost. Just print the labels, pack your items in any box and ship it.

Make it easy and free for yourself, and ask for a box from your local grocery store. They’re usually happy to hand them over — and it’s environmentally-friendly.

Easier Than Selling Direct

I’ve held onto these DVDs for years, partly because selling items directly on Ebay and Craigslist is a ridiculous hassle.

As Flores put it, when he found out he could sell his clutter with a simple app, “A problem became nothing.” The hassle is gone.

My main goal was to get rid of these things. That’s what Decluttr is really good for.

You don’t have to manage several individual listings and wait to catch a buyer’s interest.

You don’t have to deal with sales, payment and shipping for dozens of buyers.

And you don’t get stuck with those duds in your collection absolutely no one wants to buy. Typically, you can unload your most unsellable items through Decluttr.

Practically Guaranteed Sales

It was much easier getting offers for my movies from Decluttr than it would have been to find a seller for each in the market.

Decluttr reports it makes an offer on nearly every item customers scan — over 97% of barcodes are usually accepted.

Who’s looking for a “Stripes” DVD, if I’m being honest with myself? I mean, someone should be. It’s a classic.

Get Cash for Something You’d Otherwise Throw Away

Some 54 bucks might not sound like much, but it’s basically free money for something I would’ve either thrown away, donated or left unused in a box in the closet.

And, Clements pointed out, when you get rid of CDs, you don’t even lose the media. He still has access to any music he wants through iTunes.

Even with a relatively small clearing out like I did, the extra money can add up! And my experience isn’t unusual. According to Decluttr, the average basket price is between $ 50 and $ 60.

Plus, Penny Hoarders can enter FREE5 at checkout to get an extra $ 5 on your trade-in.

Will Decluttr Accept Your Items?

As you might expect, it would be a pretty big risk for Decluttr to guarantee money for your items, sight unseen.

It’ll determine the final amount you receive after inspectors look at the items you ship in.

Almost all items will be accepted, users report. Decluttr boasts a 97% acceptance rate and operates on a “reasons to say yes” strategy when going through your stuff.

Here are a few helpful tips from Decluttr’s terms and conditions:

  • All items must have a barcode.
  • Artwork must be intact and in good shape — no tears, marks or stickers.
  • However, it doesn’t matter if the disc itself or the case is slightly marked.
  • When you ask for quotes for electronics, be clear about their condition.

Decluttr’s site explains what “good,” “poor” and “faulty” condition mean, so make sure you get a quote based on the honest condition of your items.

The company guarantees to pay the first price a customer was offered for any electronics, or the customer can request to have the item(s) sent back for free, no questions asked.

Overall, scanning barcodes into an app and packing the movies into a recycled box is simple enough work to earn $ 54.

I think we’re really going to enjoy this minimalist thing.

Better get to work on the spare closet next.

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Matt Wiley (@wile_style) is an editor at The Penny Hoarder. Find him skateboarding around and frequenting local breweries, dingo in tow.

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U.S. Visa Applicants May Be Asked for Social Media History, Says State Dept

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The federal government wants foreign visitors to supply their social media history before they can enter the country, according to Reuters.

On Friday, the State Department filed a proposal that would make it mandatory for immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to submit “all social media identities” that they’ve used in the past five years.

The proposal would need to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget and would be used to identify those seeking entry into the U.S.

The proposal falls in line with President Donald Trump’s plan to vet immigrants prior to entering the country in order to curb terrorism.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blasted the proposal saying it would have a negative effect on freedom of speech.

“People will now have to wonder if what they say online will be misconstrued or misunderstood by a government official,” Hina Shamsi, director ACLU’s National Security Project, told Reuters in a statement.

“We’re also concerned about how the Trump administration defines the vague and over-broad term ‘terrorist activities’ because it is inherently political and can be used to discriminate against immigrants who have done nothing wrong,” he continued.

The public can weigh in with comments with OMB before they approve or deny the request, Reuter reports.

Applicants would also have to submit past telephone numbers, email addresses and travel history.

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Ed Westwick Removes Sexual Assault Denials From Social Media 

Ed Westwick has deleted statements he posted on social media denying sexual assault allegations made against him.

“It has come to the attention of investigators that Mr. Westwick has removed denials about alleged rapes of the victims in this investigation from his social media accounts that he had posted last November,” a law enforcement source tells Us Weekly. It’s not clear when the English actor wiped his posts but the news comes four days after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office confirmed that his case was under review.

Us has also learned that Westwick has hired a high-profile L.A.-based female criminal lawyer to represent him. A source close to Westwick tells Us, “It’s his lawyer’s policy for people to not use social media.”

As previously reported, the Gossip Girl alum, 30, has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women — allegations he denied at the time on Twitter. Kristen Cohen alleged in November 2017 that Westwick raped her after a producer introduced her to the actor in 2014. Westwick wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

Actress Aurelie Wynn later detailed a similar 2014 incident on Facebook, claiming the Wicked City actor pushed her face down and assaulted her. Another woman, Rachel Eck subsequently told Buzzfeed that the actor had aggressively groped her.

“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet in response to Wynn and Eck’s claims. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

In light of the allegations, Westwick was fired from BBC’s Ordeal by Innocence.

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Money Mondays: How Social Media Affects Your Spending

You are here this morning to talk about a very interesting factor affecting the financial behavior of many Americans. What is it?

 We all have heard that phrase keeping up with the Jones’, but not many of us give much thought to how this phenomenon has changed in our era of ubiquitous technology and connection. As it turns out, the answer – specifically for millennials – is a lot. A new survey from Allianz Life has found the tendency for social media users to broadcast a very curated view of their life has financial ripple effects for many Americans.

What did the survey find?

 The survey found that FOMO (fear of missing out) drives many Americans to make poor financial decisions, and the most susceptible Americans are millennials. The report states that social media “has become the millennials’ financial Achilles’ heel.” Of the millennials survey respondents, 55% reported experiencing a fear of missing out, and 57% spent money they hadn’t planned to because of what they saw on their social media feeds.

Nearly 9 in 10 (88%) said they believe social media causes people to compare their wealth/lifestyle with others. But it is not just the younger generation. Seven in ten (71%) of Gen Xers and just over half of Baby Boomers (54%) responded the same way. And 61% of millennial respondents reported feel inadequate about their own life and what they have because of social media, with half of millennials claiming to have spent more money going out than they do on rent or mortgage.

 Is this yet another sign of millennials being fiscally irresponsible?

 You know, Tom, the funny thing is millennials do not really deserve this reputation. Witnessing their parents deal with financial hardship during the Great Recession had a profound impact on this generation, and they have taken lessons from those experiences to improve their own financial habits.

In fact, the survey found that 77% feel financially confident (compared to only 64% of Gen Xers) and 48% of those with a 401(k) contribute 10% or more on a monthly basis – the highest percentage of any other generation.

On top of this, 41% of Millennials reported they set aside a portion of their monthly earnings for savings, and 58% believe saving for retirement is a basic necessity. Finally, they are very likely to seek out help. Forty percent of millennials said they have a financial professional and work closely with them, compared to just 25% of Gen Xers.

What lessons should we take away from these findings?

All of us need to be aware of the pressures that we are exposed to when on social media. I think we are often very away of the barrage of ads we see on various platforms, but we do not necessarily think about what we see from those we are connecting with. If you are a millennial, I urge you to embrace the stock market. The survey found that nearly 6 in 10 Millennials remain skeptical of the stock market. Investing in the stock market is the best way to grow wealth for retirement.

If you are a Gen Xer or a Baby Boomer, this survey tells you there are a number of places to step up your game. Whether it is setting aside money for savings, or contributing more to your retirement, if you are in these generations, you must take these lessons to heart. Having a safety net and building your nest egg are even more important when you are making the most money and getting closer to retirement.

Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News.

 

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The CEO of the World’s Largest Advertising Firm Says These ‘Fearsome 7’ Tech Firms Are Upending Media

Shares in WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, are plunging after the company announced a 0.9% drop in net sales for 2017, which founder and CEO Martin Sorrell described as “not a pretty year.”

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, which owns ad firms such as Ogilvy & Mather and Young & Rubicam, as well as various public relations and market research companies, also forecast zero growth for 2018.

WPP shares were down 12.4% at the time of writing Thursday morning.

In his statement accompanying the results, Sorrell claimed the drivers of the moribund results and outlook were “probably the long-term impact of technological disruption and more the short-term focus of zero-based budgeters, activist investors and private equity [rather] than, we believe, the suggested disintermediation of agencies by Google and Facebook or digital competition from consultants.”

Sorrell didn’t totally dismiss the impact of digital competition, however, telling CNBC on Thursday that a “fearsome seven” tech firms–Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Alibaba and Tencent–would cause major consolidation in the media.

“On the content side, companies like Netflix and Amazon can pay significantly higher sums for an hour of content than traditional content producers. And that has created changes in the market, some would say distortions in the market, that are driving this consolidation,” he said.

To face the turmoil, Sorrell said in his results statement that WPP would speed up structural reform within the group, shifting from an approach based on individual companies “to a cohesive global team dedicated to the core purpose of driving growth for clients.”

The market’s negative reaction suggests it is less than convinced by Sorrell’s analysis and solution, and certainly indicates deep jitters over the ongoing upheaval in the advertising market–and the “suggested disintermediation” by Facebook


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That’s because the two tech giants have become something of an advertising duopoly. Media buyer GroupM–itself owned by WPP–said in December that the two web giants likely accounted for 84% of all digital ad investment outside China in 2017. There’s often no middle-man in this picture, so less business for the likes of WPP.

Consumer goods companies such as Unilever are also cutting ad spend to save costs, although it’s worth noting that Unilever recently threatened to yank its ads from Facebook and Google if the digital platforms don’t stop dividing society and amplifying hatred.

WPP’s price drop had an immediate effect on other European media stocks, hitting ad giant Publicis Groupe


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It’s one thing to say something like, “Many in legacy media love mass shootings” within the confines of CPAC, as NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch did on Thursday. It’s another to say it directly to a CNN host.

“I’m not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings,” Loesch added in her CPAC address. “Crying white mothers are ratings gold.”

After thanking Loesch for attending CNN’s town hall earlier in the week, New Day host Alisyn Camerota gave her a withering look and asked, “Why would you make a statement like that?”

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Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Friday’s election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists.
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5 Incredible Japanese Spins on Western Media

A web-manga adaptation of Back to the Future from the superb illustrator Yuusuke Murata of One-Punch Man and Eyeshield 21 is set to premiere later this year. While this adaptation is sure to be amazing and already features some astounding artwork, it also adds to the amazing and bizarre list of Japanese takes on Western media. These five adaptations and crossovers are truly great in their own special way and should be experienced by anyone with a fondness for the original material.

Batman Ninja


Move over DC Extended Cinematic Universe.

The upcoming Batman Ninja CGI animated film is one of those things that you didn’t realize you needed in your life until it was brought to your attention. Confirmed for a 2018 release, this film reimagines the Dark Knight as a hero sent back in time to feudal Japan to prevent the Joker from creating an empire modeled on his twisted ideals. With some of the most talented names in anime behind this project, Batman Ninja will inevitably be brilliant in both concept and execution.

While the recent Berserk anime adaptations have left many skeptical of CGI animation, this film really does look like it might be something special. The more bizarre and unexpected situations the world’s most popular superhero can be placed in, the better.

Sherlock Hound


I’m sure this is exactly how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle imagined his characters.

Didja’ ever wonder what it would be like if classic Sherlock Holmes stories were reimagined with anthropomorphized animal characters? Well, this anime has you covered! Sherlock Hound is a 1980s Italian-Japanese animated show that has the classic characters reimagined as humanoid dogs.

This anime is nothing less than utterly ridiculous and therefore wonderful. In this anime, Sherlock Holmes – whose name is, of course, Sherlock Hound – is a red fox, Dr. Watson is a Scottish Terrier, and the villainous Moriarty is a gray wolf with a monocle and a diabolical mustache. The entire 26-episode series is available for free on YouTube with the first episode having only 190,000 views, which is nothing less than a travesty.

Attack on Avengers


A clash between two titanic franchises.

Attack on Avengers is a one-shot manga that pits the iconic titans from Attack on Titan against classic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. This manga is non-canonical, completely ignores a good chunk of the lore and rules from each franchise, and is an absolute joy to experience.

Despite functioning as more of a promotional, very branded experience, this manga feels like a schoolyard debate brought to life. If you’d like to see the Hulk fight the Female Titan and Star-Lord blast an even more gigantic Colossal Titan, this manga is definitely worth your time.

Supernatural the Animation


On top of everything else, this anime gives us a beautiful Kansas cover.

Ya’ know Madhouse? The acclaimed studio behind anime like One-Punch Man Season 1, Death Note, and Perfect Blue? Well, they also made an anime adaptation of the incredibly popular show Supernatural. Despite seeming like something conceived in a fever dream, Supernatural the Animation is real and surprisingly good.

This anime isn’t groundbreaking or especially unique in its execution, but it’s still a solid adaptation. It’s at least as good as some of its more recent seasons anyway. In fact, after watching a few episodes, Supernatural’s premise might just work better in an animated medium. At the very least, this official trailer is a delight.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal


What a weird game this was.

For years the PlayStation consoles have been the best way to experience games from both Western and Japanese developers. While the Xbox consoles continue to struggle to find a large consumer base outside of the U.S. and the Nintendo Switch is only now starting to draw in third-party developers, PlayStation has always been the best way to experience the greatest and weirdest games from around the world. This is made startlingly clear in the crossover fighting game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal.

In this bizarre game, some of the most famous PlayStation characters duke it out in a collection of iconic settings. These included characters like Metal Gear Rising’s Raiden, Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, God of War’s Kratos, and Parappa Rappa. While this game didn’t sell exceptionally well and received ridicule for being a Super Smash Bros. clone, it is still a fantastic blend of the diverse characters present in the PlayStation library of games.

BONUS: The X-Men Animated Series Japanese Opening

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Nestled along Age of Empires II and some sort of cracked antivirus, many computers in the early-2000s were also home to Winamp.

The freeware media player which “really whips the llama’s ass” clocked up more than 60 million users by 2001, well before the likes of iTunes or VLC player made any sort of dent in our music-listening habits.

While Winamp hasn’t been updated since 2013, you can now use a web version of the media player that’s been developed by San Francisco programmer Jordan Eldredge.

Winamp2-js is a HTML5 and Javascript redux of Winamp 2.9, a version which was released all the way back in 2003. Memories! Read more…

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Social Media Success for Your Contracting Business

Most people get into the construction business because they like the work. There’s something satisfying about demoing a whole kitchen or bathroom and building a new one in its place. Ironically, though, as your contracting business grows, your work takes on a completely different form. Take marketing, for instance. You may have never imagined yourself writing newsletters or designing a website or posting to social media, but here you are.

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And no matter how alien it might seem at first, you’re making the right move. It’s no longer possible for construction pros to operate without an online presence. Marketing researchers show that consumers are doing a lot more online research before they buy—and that includes home improvement purchases. Word-of-mouth recommendations are still important, of course, but they’re increasingly offset by online reviews and photos.

So where does social media fit into that equation? Its purpose is twofold. One, it expands your reach to generate new leads. And two, it helps you create a more authentic connection with clients. After all, when clients are able to see the beautiful spaces you create and hear from the customers you help, it’s a huge vote of confidence. It’s even better when they feel like there are real people behind your brand, fueling your decisions and driving your client relationships. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Here’s how it all breaks down.

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Generate Social Media Profiles on the Major Platforms

This may seem obvious, but it’s overlooked so frequently that it bears mentioning anyway. And if you already have them, make sure to fill them out—it takes more than one account to project a professional image. On your Facebook page, for instance, you need a profile picture and a banner photo as well as a website address, contact info, and your operating hours. On Twitter, you’ll need a profile photo, banner photo, company description, website, and location. Don’t forget about social reviewing sites like Google and Yelp! You’ll want to generate profiles here, too.

Follow the 40-40-20 Rule for Interactions

The tricky thing about social media is promoting yourself without being too overtly sales-y. Think about how you feel when a company is putting the hard sell on you. It’s uncomfortable, especially if you’re still examining your options. Most of us don’t like to be the subject of an ongoing sales pitch, and on social media, where customers get to tailor their experience, it’s easier than ever for potential customers to tune you out. That’s why marketing pros recommend you follow the 40-40-20 rule for offers. This golden ratio states that you spend 40% of your time posting helpful information, 40% directly interacting with customers, and 20% promoting your brand. That way, you’re offering customers some value in exchange for getting to bend their ear.

No Platform Is an Island

Social has its own unique quirks, to be sure. But it shouldn’t exist in a vacuum. Your reach is greatest when you market across platforms. That might mean you promote content from your monthly newsletter, with a link to join. Or perhaps you’re featured in an ad and ask your followers to look for it. One of social media’s greatest strengths is that it’s free to use, so you should use it to your advantage.

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Share Your Expertise

One of the easiest ways to create seamless cross-platform integration is to use social media to promote content. To do that, you’ll first need content to promote. Luckily, you’re already an expert in your field, with lots of insider knowledge. For many construction professionals, a how-to video is the obvious answer. Thanks to autoplay features, video is gaining a lot of popularity across social media lately—a trend you can capitalize on. A lot could be written about video production, but the key points are to keep it short, punchy, and light-hearted.

Have Fun!

Easier said than done, right? But seriously, one of the powerful aspects of social media is its informality. It’s a chance for you to showcase the lighter side of your business. So go ahead, post pictures of the “company dog” (hey, if it works for Amazon, it can work for you too!). Share that weird roundup of the best buildings with “faces.” Get your audience in on your company pranks, jokes, and parties. Who knows, you may even grow to like marketing.

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Applying to College? Here’s How to Clean Up Your Social Media Presence

If you’re applying to college, you may want to think twice about what you post on your social media accounts.

College admissions officers can learn a lot about you from a simple online search, and what they find could influence whether they accept you into their program.

Harmless shenanigans like dosing your roommate’s coffee with a splash of soy sauce probably won’t raise an eyebrow.

But iIlegal activities, racist language and online bullying could get you passed over in college admissions competition.

According to Kaplan Test Prep, 35% of college admissions officers check out the social media profiles of admissions candidates during the decision-making process.

Since there’s no way to tell which side of the fence your college admissions officer falls on, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Does your online presence show the best side of you? Here’s how to find out, what to do if it doesn’t and how to put your best foot forward.

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

The first step to shaping a great online presence is to find out what people can see and learn when they search for you online.

To begin, log out of all your browser, online email and social media accounts.

If you stay logged into your accounts, some services and platforms will show you personalized content. That means you won’t get a clear picture of what others see when searching for you.

Next, search your name online. Use several different search engines, like Google, Yahoo and Bing to get a broad range of results.

Take note of what websites and social platforms show up and what they reveal about you.

See something you don’t like? Here’s what to do.

Erase Embarrassing Content (Or Try To, Anyway)

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The things we post online have a nearly eternal shelf life.

Think stuff you posted last year is gone and forgotten? Think again.

“I’ve had a reader message me a photo on my Instagram from four years ago asking me about it,” notes author and online branding expert Jandra Sutton. “Luckily, it was just a bad selfie with a ridiculously embarrassing hairstyle. Nothing serious (the reader thought it was funny), but it reminded me that the things I posted when I wasn’t even thinking about it still exist online, and it isn’t impossible to find them.”

The thing about the internet is that once you put something out there, it’s practically impossible to make it disappear completely.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to minimize how easy it is to find.

Social Media Content

If you yourself posted the unflattering content on a social media platform, begin by hiding or (even better) deleting it. Here are instructions to do that on:

If someone else posted embarrassing content about you on their social media account, ask them to remove it.

If that’s not an option or they refuse, contact the social media platform directly and ask for help.

The Rest of the Internet

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Removing unflattering content that turns up during general internet searches is a bit more difficult, but there are a few things you can try.

1. Contact individual search engine companies to ask for their help.

Depending on the nature of the content, they may work with you to remove it from their search results.

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2. Bury unflattering content under positive search results.

Studies show that 75% of people don’t scroll past the first page of search results.

If the first page of your name search results contain unflattering content, create positive content to bump it to page two or more.

“Consider writing articles for a local newspaper or newsletter with your byline,” suggests Timothy Jaconette, founder of Advanced Admit College Admission Consulting. “I did this when I was in high school. You can create some professional written material that should come up at the top of search results with your name.”

If you’d rather publish your own content, create a website or open a blog account and use it to highlight your successes.

“Try to write one post per week,” says Jason Patel, founder of college prep company Transizion. “Posts over 1,800 words are viewed very favorably by Google’s algorithm, but posts around 500-800 are great for content.”

3. Call in the professionals.

Depending on the type of content you’re trying to draw attention away from, you may want to consider hiring a professional who specializes in improving your presence in search results.

Reputation repair services can help you figure out ways to manage high-visibility issues like mugshots, arrest records and other negative content.

There are plenty of online services you can use but your best bet is to ask around for a word-of-mouth referral to make sure you find a company you can trust.

Tips for Creating a Sparkling Online Presence

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Once you’ve assessed and polished your online presence, you’ll want to keep it looking fresh and appealing to college admissions officers.

Keep these things in mind as you post new content and social media status updates.

Be Passionate

“Find a field of interest or a passion,” recommends Patel. “Sounds cliche, but it looks great when a young person has an idea of what she wants to do or be a part of in college or when she’s older.”

He says your interest doesn’t have to be related to a career.

“It just needs to signal to the admissions officer or university that this student is someone who can think on her own and think for the future,” he says.

Be Authentic

“People are looking to get to know who you are as an individual, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they want to see every meal you’ve eaten (unless food photography is your passion),” says Sutton.

“When I was establishing my online brand, I sat down and thought about what types of things I actually wanted to post about. I’m passionate about books, current events, and all things Marvel, so I said, ‘Okay, I’m going to try to stick to these topics.’ I absolutely post about other things, but I try to keep in mind what is relevant and interesting to my audience AND true to what I believe in.”

Be Generous

Make sure the content you share sincerely captures your generosity and thoughtfulness.

“Perhaps you want to think about what you could post that shares your care and concern for other people,” suggests Jaconette. “This concept of care and concern for others shows up multiple places in the college admission process, from college admission policies at large state schools to the teacher evaluation forms in the Common Application.”

Be Sincere

“If you have hobbies or skills that you want to highlight in your application make sure that you highlight them in your social profiles, personal blog, website or YouTube channel as well,” says Mark Bechtholt, co-founder and growth hacker and online branding expert at FameMoose. “Admissions offices love to match what you say in your application with your online presence.”

Be Meticulous

Social content isn’t as formal as a college essay, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to your writing style.

Use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation and save text-speak for your instant messages.

The Bottom Line

“For better or worse, social media has become an established factor in college admissions, and it’s more important than ever for applicants to make wise decisions,” says Yariv Alpher, executive director of research at Kaplan Test Prep.

“If you’re not sure what to post, ask a parent or high school counselor. If you’re still not sure, then the best course of action might be to not post it at all.”

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s eternally grateful the internet wasn’t around when she applied to college.

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Should Employers Look at Social Media When Hiring?

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Social media is great for staying connected to family and friends, sharing jokes, opinions, and interests, and keeping up-to-date with current trends and events. It can also be where potential employers go to do additional screening before making their hiring decisions. In fact, according to a study by CareerBuilder, nearly 70% of employers screen their candidates using social media and what’s more surprising is 57% of employers are less likely to even contact applicants who lack an online presence.

Sure, finding a new candidate can be tough, and using all your tactics to determine if a candidate is a good fit before sending out an Employment Offer Letter is usually a good idea. But can reviewing someone’s social media put you in a difficult legal situation?

The truth is, if you use information under protected grounds (e.g. race, religion, color, gender, etc.) to make your hiring decision, yes. Moreover, even when you think looking at your applicant’s Facebook profile won’t influence your decision inappropriately and possibly illegally, it could.

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Can You Legally Look at a Candidate’s Social Media?

As long as a hiring manager reviews public posts and information, there are no direct laws that prohibit them from reviewing a candidate’s social media and using the information to make their decision.

There are plenty of laws that prohibit discrimination. In our blog post, 15 Questions You Can’t Ask Employees, we discuss common interview questions that could leave you liable for discrimination. If you’re able to answer these questions just by looking at your applicant’s social media accounts, then you could find yourself in hot water.

Essentially, these laws prevent employers from dismissing qualified candidates over prohibited grounds, including color, race, sex, religion, or national origin.

This means when you visit a person’s Facebook or Instagram page, you’re collecting information that could unknowingly and possibly inappropriately influence your hiring decision. In fact, even simply looking at the applicant’s profile picture is risky.

In general, viewing anything that allows you to infer the candidates’ age, skin color, race, gender, religion, etc. is a problem, and although you can make every effort to be objective when it comes time to decide between applicants, unconscious biases can sometimes affect your decision.

How Do Biases Affect Your Hiring Decision?

A bias is when prejudices cause you to favor (or disfavor) a certain type of person or group in an unfair way.

For instance, humans are naturally drawn to people who are similar to themselves. This means something like finding out a candidate has similar religious beliefs as you could cause you to favor their application over others, even if you don’t think you are doing so.

Another instance of bias could be if a person has unconscious, stereotypical views of a certain type of person or group.

For instance, if someone thinks an individual of a certain gender or race are more skilled or less skilled at something than their counterpart (like if a person thinks women are better communicators than men), they could unknowingly allow their views to influence their decision and hire a particular applicant over another for the wrong reasons, even if the other applicant is equally as qualified for the position.

The issue here is that most people aren’t aware of their biases and how they can affect their decision making. Reviewing an applicant’s social media can bring to light inappropriate information that should never be used when choosing a new employee like gender, race, or religious beliefs.

How to Hire Objectively

While screening an applicant’s social media is quick, easy, free, and tempting, it can make your decision subjective, and with a bit more time and effort, you can gather all the details you need to make an informed, objective decision.

Start by acknowledging all the position’s requirements and evaluating each applicant’s qualifications and ability to fulfill those requirements. If you have multiple candidates with comparable skills, consider doing a competency assessment (like a writing prompt or test) to help you determine each applicant’s proficiency level.

Likewise, you could also compare your candidates’ mannerisms using a personality assessment. These assessments can show if the applicant’s personality is a good fit for the company and may help you narrow down your choices.

Keep in mind, unavoidable biases will always affect your hiring decisions and may even help prevent you from hiring an inadequate applicant. For example, you may be less likely to hire someone with a diploma from an institution with a reputation of low education standards.

Whatever process you choose, remaining objective can help you select the best person for the position while limiting discrimination on any of the protected grounds.

Screening Applicants Using Social Media

Screening an applicant’s social media is not an objective screening tactic. It can easily influence your hiring decision and even leave you liable if the information you use to assess your candidate is protected under the Civil Rights Act.

So, in short, although social media screening is an easy way to ensure the person you are hiring is respectful, reliable, and responsible, it’s a risk, and you should definitely think twice before doing it.

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Vice Media may be hailed as millennial digital-media darling covering edgy, hip topics, but its workplace culture is out-dated and rotten, according to a damning New York Times investigation published Saturday.

The investigation uncovered four settlements for alleged sexual harassment and defamation against the Brooklyn-based media company’s employees — including its president, Andrew Creighton.

The allegations include unwanted sexual advances, forced kissing and groping from the former head of Vice News, and a retaliatory firing after a woman rejected a relationship with Vice’s president Creighton.  Read more…

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U.S. sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, 82, dies in San Diego: media

(Reuters) – U.S. broadcaster Dick Enberg, who charmed sports fans with his “Oh My!” declaration as he called some of the most memorable sporting events during the last five decades, died on Thursday, ESPN reported. He was 82.
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U.S. sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, 82, dies in San Diego: media

(Reuters) – Broadcaster Dick Enberg, who charmed sports fans with his “Oh My!” declaration as he called some of the most memorable sporting events during the last five decades, died on Thursday, ESPN reported. He was 82.


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Dark vs. Light: ‘Star Wars’ fans storm social media with dueling ‘Last Jedi’ opinions

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Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don’t want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven’t been quite so enamored of the movieAs Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

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Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
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Facebook said Friday that any harm brought about by social media is caused by user error. In other words … it’s not us, it’s you. “According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology,” David Ginsberg, Facebook’s director of research, wrote on a blog post. The post — “Hard Questions:…
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Coco Rocha told her friends about pregnancy on social media

OHMYGOSSIP — Coco Rocha revealed her pregnancy to her friends for the first time on social media.
The 29-year-old model announced she was expecting her second child with her artist husband James Conran on Instagram last week to the delight of her fans and she has now revealed she even told some of her nearest and dearest the same way.
She told the New York Post’s Page Six column: “It is easier announcing my pregnancy on social media instead of calling people – but on the other hand some friends and family members want to make sure you call them and get that respect of being called first. There are haters out there, so you either shut them down or remove them from out of your life.”
Coco announced her pregnancy by posting a video on Instagram of herself standing in a nursery wearing a full-length, fitted, black evening dress and holding her stomach and standing next to her daughter Ioni Conran.
Two-year-old Ioni then jumps out from behind her and shouts: “Surprise! There’s a baby in mummy’s tummy!”
Coco captioned the video: “Your attention please! @ioniconran has a very important announcement to make!! #babyconran2. (sic)”
Coco had recently admitted she is a lot more selective about the modelling jobs she takes on now she is a mother.
She said: “Now that I’m a mom, when it comes to campaigns and editorials, I look at the bigger story. I ask if that’s a good fit for the Coco brand, should I work with every editorial that comes my way, every brand. It’s about pinpointing what’s good … I didn’t want to be consumed by my career. Now we have a baby girl and that’s what grounds me. I travel as much as I can with my family. My hair and make-up team are people that I absolutely love, who make me laugh. We’re not curing cancer. We’re going to do our jobs, doing it well, and realise we can have fun.”

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Ventana Sur: Media Luna Picks Up Puenzo’s ‘The Unseen,’ Quintero’s ‘Angela’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In the run up to Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, Cologne-based Media Luna New Films has picked up international sales rights to two features by up- and-coming directors: Nicolás Puenzo’s “Los últimos” (The Unseen) and Agamenon Quintero’s “Angela.” Social issue thriller “The Unseen” tells the story of a couple, a pregnant Quechua girl and her creole […]

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Reports: Cardi B Behind $4.5 Million Christian Louboutin Media Value Over 200%

Talk about #BlackGirlMagic and the power of hip-hop culture. Cardi B, a popular reality TV star turned mega hit rapper, can add yet another accomplishment to her platinum-selling resume: boosting interest in the iconic shoe brand astronomically, almost overnight.

According to a recent Business of Fashion report, Belcalis “Cardi B” Almanzar has created an estimated $ 4.5 million media value this year for the brand after releasing the radio banger “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” and there’s been a massive 217% spike in web searches for Christian Louboutin shoes since summer.

 

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The 25-year-old female lyricist raves about the “red-bottom” “bloody shoes” in the song, and, like it or not, it’s a song hard to escape, whether it was played during your favorite morning radio show or mimicked in your nephew’s latest Snapchat. Cardi B has taken the hit from the small nightclub stages to the MoMa to the Puerto Rican Day Parade and beyond. Black Hollywood heavyweights including Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, and Kevin Hart have raved about the song and Cardi and music icon Janet Jackson set the crowd and social media ablaze when she added the song to her concert set.

The song has continued its momentum from summer into fall, winning the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Single of the Year last month and breaking a No. 1 Billboard chart record that Lauryn Hill had held since the late 1990s. Black Enterprise cover girl and Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John even blasted the song at AfroTech.

One celeb not so hip to the game is Christian Louboutin himself. He recently told The New York Times he’s “not a big rap person,” but said he’d be open to meeting the Trini-Dominican-American star someday.

As for a direct sales boost correlation, the verdict’s still out. However, Deloitte reports that 20.5% of millennials look to social media and more than 15% to the web to get informed about a high-end item before purchasing. Also, Nielsen reported that black women, in particular, spend more time watching live TV, listening to the radio, and using multimedia devices than the whole U.S. female population; they are trendsetters and contribute tremendously to pushing black buying power closer to a record $ 1.5 trillion; and they have “enjoyed steady growth in population, incomes, and educational attainment.”

Based on the stats, one can assume that if many power women of color hear “Bodak Yellow” enough times, they might actually be prompted to give that Louboutin pump at least a second look when splurging for the holidays—or get that good sister-girlfriend to pick them up a few sample-sale pairs to go under the tree.

 

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Teen girls open up about the ‘constant pressure’ of social media

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Teens lament ‘constant pressure’ of social media

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Watch Us Unbox the Xbox One X Console and Media Kit

The Xbox One X hits stores on November 7th for a penny shy of $ 500, but Microsoft sent one over to Glixel for us to review.

Check out our unboxing of the Xbox One X and Xbox One X media kit as you bide your time waiting for the review embargo to lift for the console at 12:01 a.m. PT on Friday, November 3rd.

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Award-Winning Media Exec Amy DuBois Barnett Joins Bryon Allen’s Entertainment Studios and theGrio

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Media executive and award-winning writer Amy DuBois Barnett has been named executive vice president of Digital at Entertainment Studios Inc. as well as the chief content officer of the company’s digital media platform theGrio.

 

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DuBois Barnett, who was a featured speaker at the BLACK ENTERPRISE 2016 Women of Power Summit, has held senior positions at a number of leading publications. Most recently, she helped lead the development and launch of ESPN’s off-shoot The Undefeated, which premiered in 2014. Prior to ESPN, DuBois Barnett was editor-in-chief of Ebony, where she helped restructure the iconic lifestyle magazine and revamped its website. DuBois Barnett also served as the deputy editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, where she was responsible for overseeing both print and digital editorial teams and helped re-launch the brand’s digital platform. At the beginning of her career, she was editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Honey magazine. During her stint, she landed one of the last interviews with Aaliyah before the singer’s untimely death in 2001. From there, she went on to become the managing editor of Teen People.

Bryon Allen, the founder and CEO of Entertainment Studios, which acquired theGrio in June 2016, praised DuBois Barnett and alluded that the company plans to continue to expand.

“With our motion picture, cable, broadcast television, and digital platform divisions expanding at such a rapid pace, we are totally committed to exploring additional opportunities for acquisitions, content production, and building our assets worldwide,” said Allen in a statement released Thursday. “Amy DuBois Barnett is the perfect addition to our global media company. We are thrilled to have her join our team, and to lead the expansion of theGrio.”

DuBois Barnett, who will report to the Entertainment Studios headquarters in Los Angeles, said she is excited about her new role and helping theGrio expand its reach through digital video production.

“Byron Allen has been breaking ground in the entertainment business for years, and now that he has set his sights on digital media, this is an ideal time to join his company. I am excited by the challenge of taking theGrio, Entertainment Studios’ first digital acquisition, to the next level,” said DuBois Barnett. “I will be focused on creating the dominant video-centric hub for African American perspectives—and on developing a larger digital strategy for ES.”

DuBois Barnett is also the author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated advice book, Get Yours: How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More.

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Generated $72M in Earned Media Value Last Month

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Rihanna’s cosmetic company, Fenty Beauty, made a huge splash on social media when it first launched last month. The all-inclusive makeup line was widely celebrated for offering a vast variety of products for women of color with darker skin tones. Now, just weeks after it hit shelves, WWD reports that it has generated a whopping $ 72 million in earned media value in September, alone.

 

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Earned media value (EMV) is a metric of publicity that a company or brand gains outside of traditional promotional efforts like paid advertising. It is typically measured by the number of social endorsements and the level of engagement received on social media and other digital platforms. Other top companies with high EMV in the first quarter of 2017 were Disney, which gained over $ 14 million in EMV; Forever 21, which generated more than $ 12 million; and H&M with over $ 7 million.

According to WWD, Fenty’s EMV outpaced the earnings of other major beauty brands, including Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics, Urban Decay, and NYX. MAC and Too Faced are the only two cosmetic lines that exceeded Fenty Beauty’s EMV metrics for the month of September. On top of that, YouTube also announced that Fenty Beauty received an impressive 132 million views in its first month.

In 2016, Rihanna signed a $ 10 million deal with the Kendo division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to roll out Fenty Beauty. The first installment, which included 40 shades of foundation, was released on Sept. 8 online and in stores in over 150 countries. The superstar singer also recently released a holiday collection that is sure to make a killing. Back in 2014, the 29-year-old Bajan singer inked a deal with Puma and has a net worth of $ 75 million, according to Forbes.

 

 

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Vox Media has fired Editorial Director Lockhart Steele after the executive admitted to inappropriate conduct. Steele is the founder of the Curbed Network and joined Vox in 2013 after he sold the home-focused site to the media company for a reported $ 20-30 million. Vox CEO Jim Bankoff announced Steele’s immediate exit in a memo to…
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There are a lot of ways to make a name for yourself in sports media these days. You could go the traditional route of getting a degree in journalism, getting your start at a newspaper, and working your way up to beat reporter. You could be a former athlete with good looks and charismatic wit. Many others even start through blogging, podcasting and social media accounts. But perhaps the fastest

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