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With the option to write messages to other users, a constantly updated news feed, and the unspoken pressure to obtain as many friends as possible, “Moshi Monsters” seems to have certain qualities that Facebook possesses.

Moshi Monsters” is the first social network that children can play on before they are old enough to be introduced to Facebook. Michael Acton Smith, the CEO of the company Mind Candy, describes how “Moshi Monsters” is an online program that targets the general desires of children to win games, socialize, and discover a new world of monsters. He also explains the purpose for creating “Moshi Monsters” by saying that they,

basically tried to re-imagine a Facebook for children under 12…that is as popular for kids as Facebook is for grownups. Kids like communicating and showing off and sharing as much as grown ups do.

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Children, ages five to twelve, are given a choice of monsters to choose from and design to their liking.

Users of this program commonly friend other “owners” and communicate with these individuals by going to their monster’s “homes” and writing on bulletin boards that are provided in each house. These messages can consist of any content unless it includes personal information or is reported by another user.

This sort of communication and pressure to friend others seems to resemble the Facebook phenomenon that has overcome our society. But how similar are these programs? Did Mind Candy make the child-targeting Facebook they dreamed of creating?

On the plus side, kids are given a contract to agree to that asks for users to play safe, respect the Moshi community, refrain from bullying or rude behavior, and also to refrain from cheating or scamming. The child must then create an “owner name” and password, provide his or her age, and also provide an email address from either the child or a parent depending on the age of the applicant.

But let’s be honest. These online questions aren’t going to keep a kid from friending creepers and becoming obsessed with knowing other people’s business. With parental supervision, however, this could arguably be a beneficial way to prepare children for what Facebook has in store for them.

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It feels like time has slipped into the methane gas that once filled the gulf coast and has flown away with the sludge covered birds, because I swear it was just yesterday when nobody knew how we were going to stop the flood of oil that was destroying the lives of thousands of people. Here we are almost a year after April 20th 2010; leaving me with one question. What happened to BP?

Im glad I asked.

Tony Hayward, BP’s CEO, is doing just fine for himself. Although Tony complained that his companie’s oil rig exploding was hard for him and he was caught on tv saying, “I’d like my life back.” he has to be happy with the whole outcome. After he stepped down from his CEO position, collecting 1.8 million and receiving a different job in BP which brings in $150,000 a year, the world forgot about him. I can’t believe this.

This man will be living better than all the people who’s lives his cooperation destroyed for ever.

Thad Allen, Commander of the Coast Guard, and in charge of the BP oil spill, was quoted saying,

“There were probably multiple times where multiple people could have said, ‘Wait a minute, something’s wrong,’” he added. “And there were probably multiple points where if any one person would have done that, this would have been stopped.”

For this young writer it hurts to see such negligence be rewarded so fruitfully. . .

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Have you ever wanted to go to a nude beach, dance provocatively at a night club or wear risqué clothing, but felt that you could not express those desires in society? Is finding a romantic relationship in our culture far from your comfort zone? Well, now you can “escape” to Second Life, the internet’s largest user 3D virtual world community.

One of my assignments in my Media Theory class, taught by Dr. Lisa Falvey at Emmanuel College, is to make an account for Second Life and create a research topic on an intriguing aspect of this world. To obtain as much research as possible, students must spend extensive hours on Second Life conversing and participating in activities with avid Second Life users.

Thus far, I’ve learned many interesting theories and concepts that will help me in the future to analyze mediums in my every day life, however, this assignment has left my fellow classmates and I a bit skeptical.

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Second Life can literally be used as an alternate existence for people who feel held back in reality. Things that could never be done in the real world are accepted in this virtual reality. It’s a place where desires can be met for those who are either too shy or just unable to find what they want in the real world.

Through my experience of creating an avatar and becoming a member, I have determined that Second Life is both strange and entertaining, although I do not prefer this virtual world over reality.

While reality can be flawed and upsetting at times, I personally enjoy what society has to offer me, but there are those who feel differently.

Is Second Life a better life? For some, no. For others, yes.

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As I was roaming through the Prudential Center this past Saturday, I stopped at Paradise Bakery & Cafe for a mid-shopping snack. The Paradise Surprise Cookie, a chocolate chip cookie with Oreos instead of chocolate chips might be the best cookie in Boston. I know what you’re thinking- amazing cookies in a food court chain bakery? It’s true, they’re chewy and fresh out of the oven. The Paradise Bakery & Cafe also makes Chippers, mini cookies, and a Giant Cookie for special occasions because according to their bakers,

cookies say it sweeter.”

Try it out next time you’re in the Back Bay area, you’ll be in for a sweet surprise.

 

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Make a lot of cellphone calls? How about lengthy cellphone calls? Yeah, we all do these days and whether we like it or not cellphones emit electromagnetic radiation from their antennas and our brain comes into contact with it. Getting worried yet?

I hope not. A recent study suggests cellphone antennas electromagnetic radiation alter the way we think and behave. Now, if you are like me when you heard that you thought, “Cell phones have to be making us think and behave in a bad way.” But they may not be.

“We normally don’t expect the brain to be activated unless it’s in response to stimulation, or unless it’s in a pathological state such as epilepsy.”-Dr. Keith L. Black, chairman of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA,

What the Electromagnetic radiation is doing is making certain parts of the brain work harder. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, no one knows right now. Cell phones are having an effect on our brains though. Who knows maybe the radiation is making us smarter by increasing brain activity, or maybe it’s going to work our brains too hard for too long to do good.

What i wanna know now is, do cell phone electromagnetic radiation waves bounce off of buildings, walls, and pavement? If so us Bostonians better keep an eye on how this unfolds.   Full Story Here

 

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Principal Figgins warns about underage drinking in the week’s episode of Glee in hopes of preventing his students from coming to school tipsy. Perhaps the perfect way to warn about the negative consequences of alcohol consumption was for the Glee Club to experiment with them.

At first, I was taken back by scenes of high-schoolers stumbling around in a drunken frenzy, singing songs like “Don’t You Want Me” by Human League and “Blame It On The Alcohol” by Jamie Foxx. But as I continued to watch, I realized that the students and their director, Mr. Shuester, were compelled to take a walk on the wild side only to prove how drinking alcohol negatively impacted not only their musical performance, but their behavior and self control as well.

They certainly learned from experience and ultimately sent out a positive message in the end. Though this episode wasn’t their typical cookie-cutter, sing-along good time to some, it taught an important lesson and may have paved the way for future Glee episodes to step outside of the box that they are usually confined to. Check it out here:

Glee: Blame It On The Alcohol

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Bipolar Bouncers


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You finally turn 21 and you officially want to experience Boston’s night life. You can’t drive, you don’t carry around your passport and you don’t have a liquor license, but you still confidently flash the bouncers your seemingly valid Massachusetts State ID and you get rejected. But more than anything, you get confused.

According to Massachusetts’ Registry of Motor Vehicles,

Some establishments which serve alcohol may refuse to accept a Massachusetts ID card. State law (c.138, §34B ) provides the establishment some legal protection if alcohol was served to a minor in reliance on a valid Massachusetts Liquor ID card but not if the establishment relied on the Massachusetts ID card.

In reality, your admittance into nightclubs solely depend on the mood of the bouncers. After my own personal experience of night-club-rejection, I found out that about five of my friends gained entrance into the very same club using their Mass IDs earlier that night. Also that last weekend, a friend of mine was admitted into the same club using her Mass ID as well.

Although it is a State law that you may be rejected using your Mass ID as a valid form of identification for entrance to a nightclub, the bigger problem is the inconsistency of bouncers and the confusion that they cause.

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