Guide to Media Literacy for Teens, Seniors and everyone in between.
Nov 2016
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Media Literacy for Parents, Teens and Seniors

I am not exactly part of the “Sandwich Generation” because I do not care for elderly relatives, but we have been in charge of our parentals’ technology for at least a decade… and while our 14-year-old son is starting to compete with our knowledge on the subject, we have been on his case for years about understanding the media he was consuming from the very minute he got an iPhone. Media literacy has been a crucial part of our parenting strategies, for sure.

Dex used to love this app called iFunny. It pretty much just shares goofy memes all day long, thus the name. But he would tell me something he read there as “fact” almost every day… so we continually – and I mean continually – would ask him, “Did you look that up? How do you know that is true?”

Finally, he would bring things up differently.

“I haven’t had a chance to research it, but this is interesting…”

“I verified this already; check out this story about x, y, x…”

So, yeah, I have had this post brewing for over a year, at least.

Learn about Media Literacy and how to apply it on social media to avoid fake news.

What’s The Deal With Fake News?

Part of the fallout from the 2016 election has been calls (or rants, as the case may be) from tech leaders to be more responsible for the news we share, and how we digest it. Facebook and Google launched a new initiative this week to battle “fake news” sites (that is a kind word for it) and then a mastermind of spreading lies spoke to the Washington Post about his effect on the presidency.

You have seen them. Some crazy headline like Goldie Hawn has passed away, but when you click through it’s merely a blog post selling skin cream (more specifically, an ad pretending to be editorial, much like the ones in print magazines that were forced to have a huge “ADVERTISEMENT” headline added to the top).

In the case of the election, there were misleading and downright untrue “news stories” that flew around social media like wildfire. At one point my aunt said to me, “how do you even keep track of it all?”

It’s difficult. Continue reading…

Snapchat Guide For Parents
May 2016
09

Snapchat Guide For Parents

Is your teen on Snapchat? Are you on Snapchat to keep up with your kids?

(That is what happened to us.)

We proclaimed last year that this newest, super hip social media app was off limits for our son, until *we* were more ready. There are lots of reason to be wary, and to be paying attention.

The name is perfect, because interactions are very quick. A “snap” – whether it be a photo, video or text – only stays up for a few seconds, which of course, can lead to the sharing of super inappropriate things. After the snap is gone, it’s gone, poof! Friends who have been on it since the beginning say the lurid behavior on Snapchat has chilled out, but it’s still a good reason – as with all social networks – to keep tabs on who your kid is interacting with and how.

Having said all that, I am starting to get my head around Snapchat and its appeal. It’s fun! My son describes it as “Twitter for YouTubers.” What he means by that is he’s heard me call Twitter a micro-blogging site, meaning we write these long-winded posts on our own blogs and then share little blips of life on Twitter. Snapchat does the same, in multiple formats. Continue reading…

Podcast Music Photography
Dec 2014
23

Music Blogging & Concert Photography Tips in Podcast Form

A few weeks ago I joined my friends Jason, Brandon and Ben in their band practice space to freeze my butt off for about an hour and talk about music photography. They are part of the Denver band My Body Sings Electric and also run an Idobi radio show/podcast called The Awful Truth. They are fun to listen to, and hang out with, because they tell it like it is. (Which coincidentally means we all curse quite a bit though this, you have been warned.)

But on a serious note, it was cool to talk about taking concert photos with a band and get both perspectives. If you are interested in becoming a music photographer, I hope you find some little nuggets of wisdom in here between us cracking each other up.

Sunset Boat Costa Rica
Sep 2014
22

#ROAR14 In Costa Rica

Note: Several parts of my Roar Retreat conference have been sponsored, or arranged by the conference’s organizers. All words are mine.

I have wanted to visit Costa Rica forever. My best friend Danielle has been many times; her stories and photos just BLOW MY MIND. When friend, client and colleague Andrea Fellman moved there about a year ago, I knew at some point I would figure out a way to visit her. Luckily she and Nadia Carriere made it simple for me when they created Roar Retreat.

I was thrilled to do the design and web work for the project, and of course, attend. The time has flown since we started working on all this nearly a year ago –  I leave for Costa Rica tomorrow. Continue reading…