It’s not a river turned to blood or an infestation of locusts and frogs, but slowly—one by one—a series of plagues including photo memes and video buffering has deluged the Digital World. CollegeHumor warns us of 10 of these plagues of the Internet
… although they may have already struck.
I’m more wary of the creepy return of Furbies
, a late ‘90s rip-off of “The Gremlins” character Gizmo that once plagued children’s Christmas lists.
A plague sweeping television—at least as far the Culture and Media Institute is concerned—is TV content that pushes the boundaries, and HBO’s mockumentary series “Angry Boys” is pushing the conservative organization to its limits. A sketch from the comedy program depicted a young girl sucking through a bright pink, penis-shaped cup
, an act that the right wing group likens to “child pornography.”
Meanwhile, fans of more tasteful entertainment will probably feel at home at Paris’ famed Louvre museum—despite the many Baroque nudes and risqué pieces—which is now offering tours guided by way of a Nintendo 3DS
Over the weekend, “Madam Secretary
” Hillary Clinton got a little risqué in Colombia, where the former First Lady was photographed
dancing at a local club and even tossing back a brewski. You go, Hillz.
Retailers are attending to some foreign affairs as luxury stores lavish attention upon Chinese tourists who are inclined to spend more
on posh brands while shopping abroad than in their own countries. In fact, some labels have even added Mandarin-speaking staff.
The amount of money consumers are willing to drop on lavish products and services is often dependent on their earning power. In its latest issue, Parade looks
at nearly 50 peoples’ earnings from the past and compares them to where their careers and salaries stand today. Not too shabby, belly dancer
Of course, with any job comes the responsibility of paying taxes. And so, as tax day 2012 looms, here are some freebies
that a number of brands and restaurants are offering to alleviate the stress.
Starbucks isn’t on the list of tax (day) breaks, but the company is giving back with its “Community Card
” program, letting its rewards members help determine how $4 million in donations will be allocated
among 124 local and national nonprofit organizations.
Groupon is also in the spirit of giving back. It’s celebrating Earth Day with a relaunch of Groupon Grassroots
(formerly G-Team) and its Groupon Challenge partnership with Crowdrise, a company co-founded by actor Edward Norton.
Meanwhile, Facebook is making another
partnership of its own. The company that bought Instagram last week
for $1 billion has now acquired TagTile
, a mobile-based customer loyalty startup.