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Some crazy scientist at Oxford has just uncovered some extraordinary news! It turns out that being active on Facebook, as well as other social networking sites, rewires a developing brain. Wow, that is groundbreaking. It’s not like learning how to play an instrument, listening to music, reading a story, playing sports and other activities will rewire a child’s brain. Oh wait, yes it does. Why is Miss Scientist so concerned? She feels that communicating online will eventually phase out real life conversations and dampen social skills. Someone should remind her that instant messaging has been around forever and that AOL allowed for profiles and social networking long before MySpace or Facebook ever came about.

Emily Yoffe at Slate says this scientist is concerned that “we are at risk of raising a generation of solipsists.” Are we? Or is the solipsist in all of us attracted to this medium of communication and sharing?

Someone needs to calm the alarmists down. Apparently, children’s brains are getting damaged because they aren’t engaging in activities that they have been for millennia. One would think that a child wakes up, spends all day on Facebook, and then goes to sleep and repeats the same thing everyday. Fact check: they don’t do that – adults do and it’s called work (how do you think all that daytime Facebook activity goes on?). Someone should remind these scientists that adult brains are capable of being rewired, damaged and reshaped, too.

I pose this question to those who think that Rock and Roll, TV, radio and Facebook are ruining the younger generation: Do you think there might be a certain personality type that is addicted to those activities? Is social networking ruining the brains of young children, or are young children with the disposition to abuse social networks being ruined?

Guns don’t kill people. People who want to own those guns and kill people… um, kill people.

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What on earth is happening with media and entertainment these days? Growing up, it seemed to me that movies and television shows aimed at issues or stuck with their genre. Or maybe there was something more that I just didn’t notice, namely commercialization. I just saw an episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and I thought to myself, “Wow, they just threw a bunch of attractive people on the show and made a drama with the Terminator theme somewhat in the background.”

This rant of mine pretty much stems from the new vampire movie Twilight. What happened to vampire movies? Now everything is a damn love story with a war going on in the background, or vampires as an afterthought, or anything else you can imagine. What should be the central theme or premise for a movie often becomes little more than an excuse to make another stereotypical love story. If you’re going to make a vampire movie, put some vampires in it, dammit!

This is NOT a vampire:

Really, Hollywood? The perfect makeup and meticulously styled “bed hair”? For fuck’s sake, here is what a vampire should look like:

I don’t know about you guys, but I think Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys looks more like an evil, nocturnal bloodsucker than Robert Pattinson does in Twilight. If anything, Pattinson looks like he’s suffering from a serious iron deficiency. They might as well have put The Hills on and called them all vampires. I blame the WB and all those stupid shows they put on that reduced vampires, witches, and ghouls to nothing more than pretty faces with a slight prosthetic or two. I also blame shows like The OC, The Hills, and Laguna Beach which do nothing more than follow prissy teens around while they live out their drama, angst, and turmoil… all while looking clean-cut and gorgeous at all times – even after a fight! This drive to put pompous, pretty teens in every movie is tiresome. It’s like watching the same thing over and over again and trying to pretend it’s different.