Author: Julianna Shults

Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Cell Phones…Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em

Cell phones and I have a love/hate relationship. I love cell phones when they allow me to spread information quickly and effectively.  I can send one text to all my youth 24 to 48 hours before an event, and see an immediate uptick in attendance. When we take youth to a public place and split into groups, I appreciate how cell phones give me instantaneous connection to nearly all of my youth and adults. My phone contains not just every phone number I need, but my calendar, to do list, and games for waiting in long lines. A cell phone is almost like...

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Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: American Girls

There has been uproar in the media and blogging community about the recent release of Gwen Thompson, Mattel’s newest American Girl doll. Like all the other American Girl dolls, Gwen has a story line. Gwen is homeless. After she and her mother are abandoned by her father, they are forced to live in their car. Eventually they are able to move to a shelter before finding a new apartment home. The story associated with Gwen sounds harmless enough, since there are young children all over our country who are homeless, especially since the recent economic downturn. In fact, Gwen is not the first...

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