Crossing The Blabbb Lines

August 31, 2011

Tell one racy joke to one friend, and then try telling that same joke to a very different friend. Chances are they will react differently. One might laugh; one might get uncomfortable.

Linda Holmes wrote a captivating piece about a recent Blabbber who foolishly went onstage for an open mic comedy event and ended up telling a horrific sex story that could possibly result in his going to jail. (Read Holmes’ full NPR essay here).

While the story in Holmes’ piece is an extreme example of “How Not To Blabbb,” it should act as a reminder to us all. We encourage all Blabbbers to think about what we post on the Internet before pressing that Send/Publish button. Even a harmless joke can offend people. As Holmes stresses, Your Friends Are Not Your Audience.

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Meanwhile, author Adam Frank wrote a recent piece for NPR which deals with his reluctence to join our techno world. It wasn’t until this past year that Frank finally joined Facebook (due to the pressure from his own children/Little Blabbbers) and Twitter (at the encouragement/insistance of his publisher). (Read Frank’s full essay here.)

Frank recalls how many people have always hesitated to join technology movements throughout history. After all, there is no predicting what will be a fad/failure (MySpace, for example) and what will become commonplace (Facebook). Frank is now following the popularity of video chatting, such as Skype, to see if it will go one way (success) or another (belly flop).

It really is interesting to see how quickly people jump on board a new trend. Do we wait for others or do we start off alone by ourselves? The new social networking site Google+ will be quite interesting to watch: Will it succeed? Why? Why not?

In the meantime, congrats to Adam Frank for joining the techno world. As we’ve said here on Blabbb many times before: Love this techno world or hate it; if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. ;)

What do “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers? …


Fun Blabbb: 6.0

August 24, 2011

Fun Blabbb is an ongoing collection of Blabbb-related “stuffs” that we bumped into and wanted to share with our Blabbb community. If you ever see something Blabbb-related, please drop us a line and share it with us. We’ll even give you a shout-out and a “wink!” ;) Enjoy this week’s Fun Blabbb! …

Blabbber Sheila sent this amusing video our way. Check out the satire (and Broadway showtune sounds) of Web Site Story! ;)

What do “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers? …


Blabbb News: 3.0

August 23, 2011

Blabbb News is an ongoing collection of Blabbb-related news that we bumped into and wanted to share with our Blabbb community. If you ever see something Blabbb-related, please drop us a line and share it with us. We’ll even give you a shout-out and a “wink!” ;) Enjoy this week’s Blabbb News!

You think you are dropping some modern blabbb lingo when you say “sexting?” Well, think again. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary recently added 400 words to its dictionary, including: retweet, woot, sexting and cyberbullying. Earlier this year, OMG, LOL and <3 were added, as well. In response to these additions, we at Blabbb have released the following statement: WTF?! ;)
 
Maybe those young computer geniuses are not quite the computer wizards we thought they were. According to a recent study, college students are not very good at using Google for research. The Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries Project (ERIAL), which is a collaboration between five Illinois universities, set out to understand students’ research habits. What did they find? To sum it all up, as one first-year student said, “I’m lazy, and I use the Internet.” According to the study, though, not very well, young Blabbbers. ;)
 
Next time your boss reprimands you for surfing the Interwebs, tell the big honcho that time spent on the Internet actually improves work performance. And, now, with the help of a recent study, you’ll actually have some data to support your theory. According to researchers, Web-surfers are significantly more productive and effective when actually engaged in work tasks, as opposed to those who do not surf the Web during work. We’re still waiting for a study that finds similar results for blog-writing during work. ;)
 
Have you forgotten to post something on Blabbb’s Facebook wall in a while? Well, you are not alone, as researchers recently reported that Facebook use could have possibly plateaued. According to their report, Facebook use (such as virtual gifting, FB messaging, joining an FB group and IM-ing on FB) is on the decline. Facebook does not seem concerned, and you know what? Neither is Blabbb. (BTW, have you “liked” us on FB yet?) ;)
 
So what’s the moral of this edition of Blabbb News? Maybe, we should all Google “sexting the dictionary” while at work and then refrain from blabbbing about it on Facebook? What do “you” (not “u”) think? …
 
 

Little Blabbbers

August 18, 2011

“I believe the lil’ blabbbers are our are future.
Teach them Facebook and let them lose the way.
Show them all the blabbb they possess inside.
Give them a false sense of blabbb to make life crazier.
Let the lil’ blabbbers’ Skype-ing remind us how we used to blabbb.
Everybody searching for a blabbber. 
Blabbbers need anyone online to chat with. 
I never found anyone to fulfill my blabbby side.
A lonely place to be,
so I learned to depend on blabbb …”

As we continue to figure out our own feelings about this modern techno world, as it evolves (and gets crazier) before our very eyes, the question that many of us are asking ourselves is what to do about our children. Should we allow our children on Facebook and online social networking or are they too young for the crazy Internet world? Blogger Andy Affleck recently addressed this very dilemma, as his child is approaching his teenage years. Read Affleck’s blog post here and NPR’s wonderful analysis of this parenting issue here.

“Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be blabbbers …” ;)

Blabbbers, do/would you allow your children to join Facebook at an early age? Do/would you have issues with your children chatting with other video gamers from around the globe? What do “you” (not “u”) think? …


Anonymous Hackers: Operation Blabbb

August 15, 2011
Last week, the hacker group known as “Anonymous” posted a video on YouTube, claiming that it would “kill” Facebook on November 5, 2011 and then confirmed its mission, known as Operation Facebook, with a Tweet, as well. The original video has since been removed, but it has been reposted by many:
  
 
While many laugh at the video; some are fearful and frightened. From the little we’ve read, it seems plausible that one day, Facebook could be hacked, just like any other website. Yet, based on most reports, this recent plot was simply a “dud.” So, have no fear Wyclef fans: Facebook will not be “gone by November.” ;)
 
We wonder: What would happen if we woke up one day and Facebook was gone? Such an online “killing” reminds us of the social messages from the endings of V For Vendetta and The Truman Show, where everyday people had to decide what to do with themselves once the whole Vendetta/Truman “party” was over.
 
  
If Facebook is “killed,” maybe we can take a deep breath and acknowledge the end of an era/addiction. Then we can open up a book or two and read more. We can step outside and go for a walk or a run. We can strike up a conversation with the person we’re seated next to, instead of using our smart phones and laptops as bumper zones, shielding us from human contact.
 
While we do not support vigilante behavior, especially hacking; this “threat” from Anonymous can, at the very least, provide us with a moment to self-reflect and think about what role Facebook plays in our lives and if we might want to consciously turn the Facebook “volume” down a notch or two.
 
What do “you” (not “u”) think, blabbbers? ;) … 

Unplugging With The Poet-est Of Them

August 15, 2011

Author/poet Craig Moreau just posted a nice piece, entitled, “Falling Out Of Love With Facebook,” all about how Facebook has changed the way we relate to and love one another. He’s even gone so far as to unplug: Indeed, no Facebook, cellphones, or even checking emails with any regularity for Moreau these days.

Blabbb honors you, Good Sir, Craig Moreau, for un-blabbbing (ie, unplugging) and championing a much needed (real) voice.

Could you unplug to the lengths that Moreau has? Could you consciously leave your cellphone at home when you go out? Could you refrain from checking Facebook and your regular emails? Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers ;)


Blabbb Hall of Shame: 4.0

August 11, 2011
The Blabbb Hall of Shame is an ongoing collection of people who “blabbb” so inappropriately that even Gilbert Godfried asked, “What were they thinking?” 

From legal blabbbing to moronic sports tweeting: Without further adieu, here are the latest additions to the Blabbb Hall Of Shame. Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen. You “blabbb” with the best (actually, the worst) of them. ;)

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Nationally syndicated radio host Tony Bruno probably wishes someone stuck a big blabbb foot in his techno-mouth before he got himself in a ton of trouble for a horribly insensitive tweet he sent recently. Bruno was discussing a recent fracas between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants on his radio show, while, at the same time, tweeting away like an irresponsible blabbber. We’re still waiting for scientists to figure out what part of Bruno’s brain made him think it would be appropriate to tweet the following about Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez, who happens to be from the Domican Republic: “… Bochy is a coward for having his illegal alien pitcher hit a guy …”  Of course, Bruno deleted the racist tweet as soon as he received backlash and has since apologized, but the damage is done and Bruno’s reputation has been seriously stained. Congrats, Sir Bruno, you are now a proud member of the Blabbb Hall of Shame.
 

Apparently, Anthony Weiner is not just a blabbber; he is a trendsetting blabbber. Earlier this summer, just after “Weinergate,” a photo of Kenner (Louisiana) City Councilman Joe Stagni in his underwear went viral. Unfortunately for Stagni, he actually took the underwear photo himself and then, as many blabbbers seem to do, forwarded it on to a city employee. Well, once the image showed up on the city computer server (because the employee who received it forwarded it onto another and so forth), Stagni had to admit his blabbbing. Now we all anxiously await his press conference about being inducted into the Blabbb Hall of Shame.


Um, just in case you didn’t know this … When you’re a juror in court, you probably shouldn’t link up with the defendant on Facebook and definitely shouldn’t chat away online about the legal matter. Believe it or not, that’s exactly what two blabbbers did in the United Kingdom, and they got caught with their smiley faces, winks and all. Ramifications? Well, after some “harmless” online chats, the defendant (who got off due to the blabbbing juror’s help) received two months in jail and the juror, a mother of three, received an eight month jail sentence for contempt of court. That’s a lot of time to think about your blabbb regrets and being inducted into the Blabbb Hall of Shame.


Speaking of regrets, a recent study says that thirty-five percent (yes, 35%) of Americans live with online regrets, especially those with smart phones, specifically iPhones. So, here’s to you, 35% of American blabbbers, welcome to the Blabbb Hall of Shame. Sadly, if you’re reading (or blogging) this, that probably includes us, as well. ;)

Do you have any BHOS nominations?  Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers …


Blabbb Hall of Fame: 1.0

August 4, 2011
The Blabbb Hall of Fame is … well, it’s like the Blabbb Hall of Shame, except the complete opposite. Congratulations, Blabbbers! ;)

We at Blabbb often bash celebrities for blabbbing with little-to-no thought, for foolishly pretending as if their words have no meaning and that mere shrugs (and mutterings of “who cares”) can get them out of their mistakes with zero accountability, without apologies or actions to rectify their errors in judgment. While we get a great kick out of shining the spotlight on such moronic mishaps (see our Blabbb Hall of Shame posts), we would like to take a moment to applaud a celebrity who has used the social media as a catalyst to become a better person.

ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson wrote a fabulous piece about Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips. In her feature, Nelson describes how Phillips joined Twitter this past offseason and has utilized it as a way to connect with his fans and help the public see a much better side of him than he had been able to portray in the past. Heck, he now even takes his fans out to dinner with him … and only drinks milk!

Kudos, Brandon Phillips! We tip our Blabbb baseball caps your way. Keep up the great work, and please don’t disappoint us by ever using Twitter without thinking about your words and actions first. We would hate to have to demote you and send you down to the “minors” (ie, the Blabbb Hall of Shame).

Blabbbers, do you know of any celebrities whose blabbbing is worthy of praise, as opposed to shame? Let us know what “you” (not “u”) think. ;)


DVR, Reality and Blabbb Puffs

August 3, 2011
Blabbber Ryno sent us the following link for some overdue Editorial Blabbb. Thanks, Ryno! ;)

Chuck Klosterman (yes, the dude who wrote Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs) writes a compelling piece about how, when it comes to his sports TV viewing, the live version always trumps the recorded one. In his essay, Space, Time and DVR Mechanics, Klosterman specifically describes how sporting events on delay or DVR cannot compare to the live, real-time experiences.

To expand upon Klosterman’s theory: If delayed/DVR events cannot compare to live experiences, is there a parallel to be made about how we interact with each other on the Internet as opposed to in real life? In an ideal world, we interact much more “live” with those closest to us (be that, in person, talking on the phone or even video-chatting online). That said, is “reality” reliant upon our real-time sensations and interactions? We’ve noticed that there’s a modern trend to not reply to Facebook messages and real emails nearly as quickly as we do to FB wall posts, tweets and text messages. Why is this? Do we find more meaning in one particular form of communication? As Klosterman questions, what is true reality?


Is “reality” predicated on how fast (ie, “live”) we perceive something? Is it about the experience itself? Or is the totality that we just cannot really enjoy witnessing something “new” transpire in this day and age unless we watch it unfold live? And, if we are now, in a way, addicted to live, unfolding “reality,” as Klosterman theorizes he is (at the end of his essay), then does that explain the success of Facebook, via which we watch each other’s lives unfold in news-ticker fashion, as if we’re watching a reality TV show (or the final three seconds of a tied basketball game)? 

No matter if DVR’ed football games are your cup of tea (or Gatorade) or not, how does our Blabbb world challenge you and your sense of reality and live experiences? What do “you” (not “u”) think, Blabbbers? ;)


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