Category: sociology

The Changing Landscape of Social Networks

Social media is constantly changing, and so are the segments of society that use it. I found this article interesting because my daughter introduced me to Facebook about a decade ago, but now she doesn’t use it. She even disabled her account!

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“Facebook Is Dead To Us”: What Teens Think About 11 Of The Biggest Social Networks – Digital Music News

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink2015/01/13/facebook-dead-us-teens-think-11-biggest-social-networks

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An orbituary for a child abuser

As a victim of child abuse I find this article somewhat comforting:

Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, born January 4, 1935, died last month, to the relief and comfort of the children whom she spent a lifetime (in their words) “torturing in every way possible.” Those children, now grown, marked her passing by submitting the most chilling obituary you will ever read to her local newspaper

This Brutal Obituary Is a Reminder to Be Good to Your Children
http://gawker.com/this-brutal-obituary-is-a-reminder-to-be-good-to-your-c-1286582748

I really like this passage and could not agree more:

Most of us have found peace in helping those who have been exposed to child abuse and hope this message of her final passing can revive our message that abusing children is unforgiveable, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a “humane society”. Our greatest wish now, is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America.

Stanley Milgram’s Famous Obedience Experiments

Almost everybody I know has heard of these experiments including me. A half century later this article takes a look at the consequences:

After tracking down one of Milgram’s research analysts, Perry found reason to believe that most test subjects knew they were taking part in a low-stakes charade.

Electric Schlock: Did Stanley Milgram’s Famous Obedience Experiments Prove Anything?
http://www.psmag.com/health/electric-schlock-65377/

– linked from wired