Journalism

Mean Street Graphix: Dye Sublimation Printing That’s Anything But Mean

Thursday, February 9, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Mean Street Graphix: Dye Sublimation Printing That’s Anything But Mean

“Send me your logo,” Keith Miller of Mean Street Graphix told me. That was it; I didn’t give him any instructions. I simply sent him a high-res version of my Internet Gunslinger logo (which was custom designed for me by John “Johnny Atomic” Jackson). The items you see here were the result. The mug... »

Smooth Criminal: Good-Looking Men, the Internet, and Feminists

Sunday, June 29, 2014
By Phil Elmore
Smooth Criminal: Good-Looking Men, the Internet, and Feminists

“The hottie mugshot proves that crime pays—if you’re a man,” sniffs The Daily Dot. Chris Osterndorf, writing for the Internet gossip sheet, further laments that the viral mugshot photo of one Jeremy Meeks of Stockton must somehow be further proof of man’s pervasive victimization of woman (Women? Womyn?). “Jeremy Meeks might be objectively good... »

Pummeled by Special Interests, TSA Reverses Changes to Small Blade Restrictions

Thursday, June 6, 2013
By Phil Elmore
Pummeled by Special Interests, TSA Reverses Changes to Small Blade Restrictions

After roughly three months of contentious argument, the Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday that it was reversing its decision to allow certain small knives aboard planes.  While discussion over just how to screen passengers for maximum security benefit continues, passengers will not be able to bring even the smallest pocketknives into the cabin any... »

“Hold Your Fire, On I’m Facebook!”

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
By Phil Elmore

A 31-year-old upstate New York man who held police at bay for nearly 12 hours apparently was updating his Twitter and Facebook postings during the standoff, officials said. Police finally used flash-bang grenades and tear gas to remove Ryan Whidden and his wife, Nina, from their home, where Whidden barricaded the pair after discharging... »

Switcheroo: Obama Voters Jumping Ship For Romney?

Sunday, October 28, 2012
By Phil Elmore

Recent reports that Mitt Romney has lessened or eliminated the so-called “gender gap” among female voters, which once so favored Barack Obama, has prompted renewed speculation that more Americans, regardless of sex, are switching their vote to Romney. Last week, a Luntz focus group of former Obama voters proclaimed Romney “confident,” “presidential” and “forceful”... »

Bitcoin: Virtual World Cashing In On Currency

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
By Phil Elmore
Bitcoin: Virtual World Cashing In On Currency

The virtual world now is cashing in, to the tune of up to $500,000 daily, on online transactions, even though there remains a “legal gray area” about Bitcoin. But the growing popularity of the anonymous, decentralized, digital currency is prompting concern among users and law enforcement agencies that it may be misused. Since its... »

Alarm Sounded Over Google ‘Stranglehold’

Monday, October 1, 2012
By Phil Elmore
Alarm Sounded Over Google ‘Stranglehold’

Google has been described as having a “stranglehold” on the search engine market, which theoretically could make or break anyone on the Web. So does it? “Google definitely ‘sandboxes’ websites,” asserts Jeff Ramos, a branding, social media, and public relations expert based in New York City. To be “sandboxed” is to be excluded from... »

Grassroots ‘FUBO’ Campaign Goes National

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
By Phil Elmore
Grassroots ‘FUBO’ Campaign Goes National

A controversial grassroots effort devoted to the profane phrase, “F— You, Barack Obama” has grown from a local venture to a national movement, using the Internet and social media to build momentum. The campaign is built around local AM radio talk show host Bob Lonsberry’s t-shirts and bumper stickers critical of President Obama. Using... »

Experts Warn RFID Risks Outweigh Benefits

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
By Phil Elmore
Experts Warn RFID Risks Outweigh Benefits

The growth of the now billion-dollar RFID business is prompting industry experts, from consumer advocates to company figures specializing in RFID protection, to question whether the technology can ever be made adequately secure. Walt Augustinowicz, CEO of the RFID-protection company Identity Stronghold, distills concerns over Radio Frequency Identification to a simple tradeoff. Many retailers,... »

The Civil Rights Movement You’ve Never Heard Of

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
By Phil Elmore

A burgeoning civil rights movement, focused on eliminating what its members see as broadening social and legal disparities between men and women, is using social media and the Internet to spread its message demanding parity. Active in North America but also evident in increasingly visible efforts abroad, the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM) is fighting... »