Why are we so mean?

If you've spent any time reading the online comment feeds of news and popular culture websites you'll know that as a society we're growing more outspoken by the minute. But while I'm all for the polite sharing of opinions I'm not a supporter of the relatively  new belief that we're entitled to say anything to anyone, no matter how mean and hurtful it is. If online comments … [Read more...]

Food for Thought

You may have thousands of Facebook friends but do you have true connections? Do you have real friends who you share real conversations with? This video calls for some serious introspection about the way we are living our lives online. The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Swap you?

Have you got cards 15, 61 and 45? I’ll trade you a 4 for a 24. If you’ve got no idea what I’m talking about then you’re lucky enough to have missed the Animal swap cards, offered for ‘free’ with the grocery shop at one of the big two. I – like the supermarket chain – have been stunned and amazed at how engaging the card swap thing has been for my sons and most of their … [Read more...]

Do veggies have feelings?

My boys often ask whether vegetables have feelings. We try to explain that although they're alive they don't feel things like an animal or a human ... or so we thought. My friend Kaz posted this pic on my Facebook. Those liddle iddy biddy carrots are sooo cute. Forget the bear hug, I want a carrot hug, it's got crunch. … [Read more...]

We’ve joined the Twits, why don’t you try it?

I wrote this for the upcoming Onions Australia publication (is there no end to my commitment to those stinky things?) FARMERS, depending on the season, the market price and the weather, can be an anti-social bunch ... but things are changing for the better. Our social status is on the rise, we’re connected, engaged and we’ve entered the ‘conversation’. That’s the online … [Read more...]