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Why Most Branded Content Is Just Awful

On 20, Dec 2013 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

Why Most Branded Content Is Just Awful

By Joe Pulizzi

Around the world — in North America, the UK, Asia Pacific — approximately nine in 10 organizations produce content like media companies do to attract and retain customers. That’s correct: Everybody’s doing it.

But that doesn’t mean companies are doing it well. Far from it.

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Grammar Geeks Throw a Fit Over Obama’s ‘Forward.’ Slogan

On 13, Aug 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

Yeah . . . What IS UP with that full-stop?! While “Forward” connotes possibility and future, a period lends to finality.

Photo: Marc Serota / Getty Images

By: Eliana Dockterman

Source: Time Magazine

If Obama was trying to arrest the attention of grammar nerds, then his slogan is spot on.

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Late Night Thoughts on the Eaton Center Shooting

On 22, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

A very powerful read. The author depicts her actions and emotions surrounding a near-death experience. The chilling irony is that this past week, this author was one of those gunned down in the Batman movie shooting. She did not live to write about another near-death experience, but she most definitely appreciated every moment from the time she escaped death until death succeeded in claiming her.

By: Jessica Redfield

Source: Jessica’s Blog

Date: June 5, 2012

I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.

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I Am Not Like Other Girls

On 12, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

The author shares a very objective view of how she lives, feels, and operates. A good read. It resonates with many readers, myself included, because we all want to stand out for our uniqueness but also want to be a member of the collective human race.

Compelling read.

By Chelsea Fagan

Source: Thought Catalogue

I am not like other girls. I have interests that range from the intellectual to the deliciously superficial. I enjoy reading Stephen Hawking, and watching the Real Housewives. I wear glasses sometimes, and other times I don’t. More often than I’d like, I forget to take off my makeup before I go to sleep and I wake up looking like a melting panda bear with these crusty black circles underneath my eyes. I enjoy sitting in corners by windowsills and drinking a cup of tea with a good book in front of me that I can get lost in for hours, for days. This scenario is greatly improved if it’s raining outside. I enjoy rain against my window.

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Dressing With Faith, Not Heat, in Mind

On 06, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

This article is great because it artfully describes the lifestyles of very different groups of people whose lives intersect on the street.

Any opinion you have is based on the context conjured in your mind when confronted with an idea. For one person, an added layer of clothing is uncomfortable because it traps heat inside his body, while for another, the added layer shields his body from the sun’s rays. It’s all about your context.

I especially like Rabbi Shea Hecht’s quote here . . . read below!


Published: June 28, 2012
When the mercury passes 90, most New Yorkers start to wilt. Many resort to shorts and tank tops, even in the office. More than a few bankers and lawyers reach for their seersuckers.

Yet amid all the casual summer wear, in some neighborhoods more than others, Hasidic men wear dark three-piece suits crowned by black hats made of rabbit fur, and Hasidic women outfit themselves in long-sleeved blouses and nearly ankle-length skirts. To visibly cooler New Yorkers, they can look painfully overdressed.

Some New Yorkers who are not Hasidic surely ask themselves: How on earth do they stay cool?

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Provocative Modesty

What a wild ad! A provocative political statement in a fashion magazine?

–More pictures after the article below–


By: Julia Rubin

More often than not, fashion editorials serve a purely aesthetic purpose. But sometimes they make a political statement, and that’s when wereally pay attention.

We came across a Lior Nordman-lensed editorial for Israeli fashion magazine Belle Mode viaTrendland last month. Nordman photographed female models in provocative twists on modest dress — one wears a see-through full-length skirt, another bears a breast through the keyhole of a long-sleeved blouse — surrounded by men in traditional ultra-Orthodox  Jewish garb on a public bus. The images are striking, to say the least.

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Study of the Day: Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity

On 21, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

My favorite places to work are local coffee shops/cafes when they are not super busy. The small distractions bring on the creativity while the relative formality forces me to focus on being productive. It’s also a great way to run into people; discussion breaks up my day and can lead to wonderful human connections.

A shoutout to one of my favorite spots: Cafe Rimon!

Source: The Atlantic

By: Hans Villarica

Yes, caffeine helps. But new research shows that the moderate noise level in busy cafés also perks up your creative cognition.

PROBLEM: To optimize creativity, how quiet or noisy should your workspace be?

METHODOLOGY: Researchers led by Ravi Mehta conducted five experiments to understand how ambient sounds affect creative cognition. In one key trial, they tested people’s creativity at different levels of background noise by asking participants to brainstorm ideas for a new type of mattress or enumerate uncommon uses for a common object.

RESULTS: Compared to a relatively quiet environment (50 decibels), a moderate level of ambient noise (70 dB) enhanced subjects’ performance on the creativity tasks, while a high level of noise (85 dB) hurt it. Modest background noise, the scientists explain, creates enough of a distraction to encourage people to think more imaginatively. (Here’s a helpful chart on typical noise levels.)

CONCLUSION: The next time you’re stumped on a creative challenge, head to a bustling coffee shop, not the library. As the researchers write in their paper, “[I]nstead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking out of one’s comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment may trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas.”

SOURCE: The full study, “Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition,” is published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

What a Brave Reporter!

On 21, May 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion, Comical | By yoniqua

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Take a Hard Line on the Internet at Rally of 40,000 Men (And Me)

Rabbis feel the Internet should only be used when necessary to earn a living, and always with a filter to censor out the dirty bits.
(Illustration photo above)

Great Headline

On 21, May 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

60,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews fill Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium to denounce evils of the Internet

15,000 Hasidic women watched speeches at six sites thans to live-streaming on the Internet

Source: NY Daily News

By Simone Weichselbaum, Douglas Feiden, and Irving Dejohn

A mass rally for men only drew more than 40,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews to Citi Field Sunday to denounce the Internet and its pervasive impact on family life.

An overflow crowd of another 20,000 bearded men sporting long black coats and big black hats filled nearby Arthur Ashe Stadium for the unprecedented attack on modern technology.

Unable to enter the Queens stadiums because of the strict separation of the sexes enforced by the organizers, more than 15,000 Hasidic women watched the speeches at six sites across the tristate area — thanks to live-streaming on the Internet.

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Don’t Rely on Social Media for News, Even Ours

On 09, May 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

News Source: Huffington Post

By Enjolie Esteve

The past two weeks have contained nothing short of a series of debacles. First, I found out Kim Kardashian is dating my big-brother-in-my-head Kanye West. Yeezus, take the wheel — and drive far away from the Kardashian klan. Next, I found out my actual big brother’s city of Dallas was struck by multiple tornadoes.

Luckily, he was left unscathed. Unluckily, a natural disaster of other sorts soon hit Reno — rumors of an HIV scare. Damn you, gossip folks.

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