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  • Land Day, Women’s Activism, and a March for Peace: Updates from Israel Social TV

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 9, 2014 | 5:35 am

    This week in the Social Order:

    + Land Day Commemoration in Jaffa - Statistics on the ongoing Israeli actions to confiscate Palestinian assets since 1967.

    + Israeli Historian and social activist Professor Ilan Pappe gave a lecture about the "One Democratic State" solution.

    +...

  • James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

    By Melissa Weller

    April 3, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct. Google almost anyone with an IMDB page and throw “controversy,” “affair” or “sex tape” into the search bar —...

  • Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

    March 27, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

    Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

    Erdogan's...

  • How reliable is social media during a disaster?

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 5:13 pm

    Mark Benthien, communications director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), is not optimistic that social media will help much in the event of an earthquake. 

    He worries that just as phone lines and electricity went down following the 6.7 magnitude Northridge...

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  • Using media as a weapon in the agunah fight

    November 5, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    The websites look like those of political prisoners.

    Under the caption “Free Tamar Now!” there is a close-up photo of demonstrators with signs and megaphones. “Stop the abuse,” one sign reads.

    But FreeTamar.org and the Free Gital Facebook group seek emancipation not from...

  • Teen trio wins anti-bullying contest

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    October 16, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    Bullying occurs regularly in classrooms and on playgrounds to children and teenagers throughout the world. Cyberbullying on smart phones and social media is more hidden and harder to detect. But for those experiencing bullying, the effects can be devastating or, in the worst-case...

  • ADL: Racism targeting new Miss America recalls Myerson’s treatment

    September 17, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    The bigotry facing the first Indian-American to become Miss America recalls the harsh treatment visited on Bess Myerson, the first Jewish woman to win the coveted crown, the Anti-Defamation League said.

    Nina Davuluri has faced racist messages on Twitter and other social media...

  • You’ve got mail: Government to assign email addresses to all Iranians

    July 9, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Iran is to assign all citizens an individual email address which the communications minister said on Monday would aid interaction between state authorities and the people.

    It was unclear whether the move would add to regulations on Internet use imposed by a conservative Islamist...

  • War for the Soul of the World

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 31, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I was reading the articles about Facebook taking down the "hate women" pages that get posted. I am angry and upset that it has taken so long for social media to do things that are not tolerated in print media and the bastardization of free speech and global...

  • Can Google Glass transform Jewish life?

    May 30, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Over the past few weeks, strangers have begun stopping high school computer science teacher Chaim Cohen on the street. A few accuse him of recording them without their knowledge. Even fewer blame him for all of society’s ills.

    But many just want an answer to a simple question: Is...

  • OMG! Insider, LeAnn Rimes & One-Sided Journalism

    By Ilana Angel

    May 30, 2013 | 9:24 am

    I have written a lot of articles about LeAnn Rimes.  I find her to be fascinating in that she is obviously dealing with mental illness, yet nobody in the world of entertainment journalism is willing to talk about it.  She is unstable in the same way Amanda Bynes is, yet everyone in...

  • What if the Nazis had tweeted?

    May 23, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    What could Goebbels have done with 140 characters?

    The question, disturbing as it might sound, can no longer be approached only as theoretical.

    As the arch-propagandist of Nazism, Joseph Goebbels spread the demonic messages of his Fuehrer via the written word, mass...

  • The Social Media Rabbi

    By Jeremy Fine

    April 23, 2013 | 10:31 am

    As social media continues to expand, ironically in more concise platforms, I often wonder what the role of an individual rabbi is on social media. Should a rabbi be on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tout, etc. or should s/he remain in the confines of the synagogue walls and community...

  • Facebook Family Photo Album Time (or A Rant On Why I Now Hate Facebook)

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 15, 2013 | 9:18 am

    I used to love Facebook. Of course, I would have never admitted it. But the truth is, up until about 2010, Facebook was mainly a website for young people. Young people doing stupid things. And it was glorious. But now, I can't stand it. Now, all it is is one big family photo album...

  • Are You Dating Your Cell phone? — Or Your Laptop? Try being Mindful

    By Nicole Behnam

    April 12, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    "Successful people never worry about what others are doing." -Unknown

    Log in to your Facebook account and you will seldom notice a self-deprecating post on your Newsfeed. Nobody wants to share with their friends the inevitable failures or pitfalls that occur routinely, and why...

  • What is Rape and Who is Jane Doe?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 25, 2013 | 9:20 am

    I have had a rough couple of weeks.  I have been struggling to find my way and it has left me exhausted.  I am worried and afraid about things that I have no control over.  I’m not sure if it is my approaching birthday, the fact that my son has his own car and is out and about on...

  • Twitter rife with hate speech, terror activity

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 20, 2013 | 9:08 am

    When it comes to stemming the proliferation of hate speech on social media, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, likes Facebook’s attitude.

    “They have rules,” Cooper said of the $63.5 billion social media giant, which has a policy to remove content...

  • Petition to delete Israel-haters Facebook page draws immediate support

    By Tom Tugend

    January 31, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    The long-standing Facebook war of words between pro- and anti-Israel partisans has heated up a few degrees with a petition to remove a particularly offensive “F… Israel” page.
     
    Originator of the removal drive is Michael Mendelson, a Miami resident, who said in a phone...
  • Shimon Peres tweets the pope

    December 4, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Israel's President Shimon Peres welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to Twitter with a tweet extolling Israel-Vatican ties.

    "Your holiness, welcome to Twitter. Our relations with the Vatican are at their best and can form a basis to further peace everywhere," Peres tweeted Tuesday.

    ...
  • Israel finally joins the online arms race

    November 26, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Mere hours after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took down their first Hamas official at the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, an army of young Israelis took to the Internet. Not to be out-tweeted by the people of Gaza and their supporters around the world, as has been the case...

  • Hamas’ lies exposed

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2012 | 8:51 am

    In the past couple of days, I've been keeping you up to date with the situation here, in Israel.

    As missiles are being fired to and from Israel, there is a war going on in social networks: Hamas representators are posting false pictures and videos, which have been exposed as lies...

  • IDF takes Operation Pillar of Defense to social media

    November 15, 2012 | 11:39 am

    In addition to Amud Anan (Pillar of Defense), its operation in defense of the Jewish state in response to a barrage of rockets from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is also taking the operation to Twitter

    “The IDF has begun a widespread campaign on terror sites &...

  • Jewish life in Poland – Towards a sense of joy and wonder

    November 2, 2012 | 9:44 am

    “We were over 1000 this year” - said someone on the bus as soon as we left the venue of the fifth edition of Limmud Poland, which took place between October 26-28, 2012.

    Between the prophets and Bruno Schultz, Yiddish film and Jewish social media, feminism and the Holocaust,...

  • Pinterest and the battle for social media dominance

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 16, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Does Brain Research say that Pinterest will win the battle for social media supremacy?  The answer is Yes!

    In the social media battle, Pinterest may have what it takes to knock out the others. Visual focus means it speaks to our brains in a way the others don’t. Photos, not words,...

  • Orthodox rally for a more kosher Internet

    May 14, 2012 | 11:15 am

    An upcoming haredi Orthodox mega-rally in New York about the dangers posed by the Internet has a promotional Twitter account.

    The event’s box office has an email address. Speeches will be live streamed. And one of the event’s organizers owns a Web marketing company specializing...

  • Ten Tweets to Avoid That Will Ruin Relationships

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 27, 2012 | 8:59 am

    I just read this New York Times article about people causing strife in relationships because of their twitter or status updates about situations that should probably be private.  All I can think is how stupid are these people?  Yes, we’ve all had the urge, but keep yourself in...

  • Quit Facebook or risk expulsion, N.Y. Orthodox school orders students

    March 28, 2012 | 10:23 am

    An Orthodox Jewish girls’ high school in Brooklyn has ordered its 11th-grade students to close their Facebook accounts and pay a fine.

    Administrators at the Beis Rivkah High School, which is associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, reportedly called each 11th-grader with...

  • The battle to get ‘Bully’ seen by those who need it most

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    At Sioux City Middle School in Iowa, 12-year-old Alex Libby is the odd-man-out. Seen by his peers as different, he has golden hair, gentle eyes, a wide, flat nose and permanently puckered lips. Together, they might seem to express something both pouty and vulnerable, sweet and sad....

  • Q&A with an expert on bullying

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Ron Avi Astor, the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development at USC, has been studying the epidemiology of school violence for nearly 30 years. In 1997, he moved his family to Jerusalem for one year to run the first-ever large-scale comprehensive school...

  • The Dark Side of Twitter

    By Ilana Angel

    January 9, 2012 | 1:43 am

    Twitter is an interesting thing.  In theory it’s quite remarkable, but in actuality it might be the meanest form of social media in the world.  The amount of hate that is shared on Twitter is mind boggling and you cannot spend any time on there and not wonder how it has become so...

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