Examining the Effect of KONY 2012

Unless you were completely off the grid last week, you probably saw either Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 video, the backlash against it, or both. While there’s a wealth of critical analysis of whether the KONY 2012 campaign is actually doing any good, there’s no doubt that it got people’s attention. So let’s examine the good, the bad, and the to-be-determined of KONY 2012. Continue reading

Takedown Take Two: Bald Barbie Returns

Whoo boy. Since my last Takedown, the “Bald Barbie movement” exploded, with the story being broadcast worldwide and 110,000 more people jumping on the bandwagon and liking the Facebook page.

Let me get this out right from the start: I don’t hate kids with cancer. I am not, contrary to some of the comments made on my last article, a disgusting heartless pig. And yes, I’ve been touched by cancer. We all have, almost certainly, which is one of the reasons why this movement is so offensive to me: it’s a big deal, and it’s a waste of time and energy, and it is harmful to kids who really don’t need to be beaten with the beauty-expectations stick. Continue reading

Takedown: Bald Barbie

This week’s crapdate is showing up in a variety of ways, so here it is from a Facebook page created just to spread the message:

“We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania. Also, for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother’s hair loss from chemo. Many children have some difficulty accepting their mother, sister, aunt, grandparent or friend going from a long haired to a bald. Accessories such as scarves and hats could be included. This would be a great coping mechanism for young girls dealing with hair loss themselves or a loved one. We would love to see a portion of proceeds go to childhood cancer research and treatment. Let’s get Mattell’s attention!” Continue reading

Casey Anthony, Facebook Outrage, and Missing White Woman Syndrome

When the Casey Anthony trial verdict was announced last week, my social media feeds blew up in heavily-punctuated outrage. My Facebook feed alone had a string of nearly one hundred status updates, all expressing shock, dismay, and anger at the outcome of the trial, most using a minimum of four exclamation points.  At work, the verdict was all anyone could talk about. Continue reading