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Technology, Race and Declining Teen Literacy Rates

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Making Them Visible

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The Boondocks’ Last Breath

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Remembering Karyn Washington

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A Night Of Champions

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Taking The Leap

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A New Way To Stay

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Bang With Friends

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What Idol Teaches Us

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Lots Of Little Libraries

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Living Below The Line

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A World Full Of Stories

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The Rise Of Swatting

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The Information Age

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Dig Deeper

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A New Birthday Song

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The N-Word

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Go Your Own Way

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The Year In Television

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Erasing All Doubt

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Fifteen Seconds

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The Power of Fail

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Even When You Fail

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The ‘New’ Juarez

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Education In The Digital Age

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What Idol Teaches Us

Published on May 16, 2013 by in Columns

The music industry is struggling.  It’s a recurring theme in this column; it’s a struggle that I see and experience almost every day.  I’ve made no secret of my belief that the old model, upon which many legendary record labels have been built, has been rendered obsolete by technological advances.

The Great Record Industry Freak-Out became evident fifteen years ago, in the days of Napster, and it has never completely recovered.  I won’t beat that dead horse too much this week.  Instead, I want to address something that has been making the rounds on the social networks.  It’s loosely related, and might play into that narrative a little, but examines the problem from a uniquely different angle. Read more…

 
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Lots Of Little Libraries

Published on May 9, 2013 by in Columns

In this space, I’ve written more than once about my love of books and literature.  I’ve written about BookCrossing.com and Goodbooks International.  I’ve shared several ways that your online shopping can fund literacy initiatives, both here at home and around the globe—sites like The Literacy Site (part of the Greater Good Network), iGive and GoodShop.

Reading and literacy have always been important to me.  So when I first learned of a new trend that has begun to take root over the past year or two, I was intrigued.  All across the country, Little Free Libraries have been springing up, part of a coordinated initiative to improve access to literature and encourage reading. Read more…

 
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Living Below The Line

Published on May 2, 2013 by in Columns

“I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger!”  That line, shouted last year in an Atlanta courtroom, has received a lot of press in recent weeks.  That’s because the man who was doing the shouting was a former NBA league MVP—a man who won four NBA scoring titles, and earned $150 million during his basketball career.  And that was just his salary.  Allen Iverson—who by nearly all accounts has hit rock bottom—also had lucrative endorsement deals throughout his career.  (His Reebok endorsement alone was worth another $150 million.)

Those who know Iverson best say that alcoholism and compulsive gambling have eaten away at his lifetime earnings—a charge that Iverson denies.  But his riches are gone, for all practical purposes.  Only Allen Iverson knows whether he can afford a cheeseburger, but the story has left sports fans aghast, and has captured their imaginations. Read more…

 
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A World Full Of Stories

Published on April 25, 2013 by in Columns

If you’re anything like me—and the rest of the nation, it seems—you’ve been watching a lot of news coverage lately, following the Boston Marathon bombing and the resulting manhunt.  You may have followed the fertilizer plant explosion in West,Texas, or the Elvis impersonator mailing ricin to politicians.

There’s no question about it.  It has been a strange and scary couple of weeks in America.  And, to some degree, it’s reasonable that these tragedies would monopolize the news coverage.  In a world filled with activity, however, any number of interesting things are happening at any given moment.  In this week’s column, rather than focusing on those terrible tragedies, I’d like to share with you a few things you may have missed. Read more…

 
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