Teen Beat

Teen Pushes Apple to Change Its ‘Insulting’ Dictionary Definition of the Word ‘Gay’

Ms. Gorman (WCVB-TV)

If you were to look up 15-year-old Becca Gorman’s face when she saw how the word “gay” was defined on Apple’s online dictionary, it would be dismayed.

The Massachusetts teenager, who is the daughter of two gay parents, was outraged that the one of the meanings listed on her MacBook Pro laptop included the words “foolish (or) stupid.” The example sentence: “making students wait for the light is kind of a gay rule.” Alarmed and “insulted” that it looked like Apple was legitimizing the slang version of the word, she contacted the computer company to change it. Read More


On Social Media, Young Artists Blur the Boundary Between Performance and Life

Comedians Cole Escola (l) and Jeffery Self went from YouTube to cable TV and back again (Logo)

Jeffery Self and Cole Escola—a young comedy duo who parlayed YouTube success into two seasons of a cable TV sketch program—played two sold-out shows in New York this weekend, their first since splitting three years ago.

Separately, each has continued a trajectory of online mini-celebrity—especially Mr. Self, who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and closely chronicles his personal life on social media.

Millennial, fearless and wildly funny, Jeffery and Cole exemplify a new generation of digitally native performers. But their audience is confronted with a challenge: when artists choose to broadcast their most private moments on social media, where is the boundary between life and performance?  Read More

Craigslist Goodies

If Your Name is Eric and You Love Talking About DOMA, There’s a Person on Craigslist Looking For You

Maybe Eric? (Photo: Flickr.com)

Typically, the words DOMA, Prop 8, and SCOTUS don’t exactly get you in the mood, but they seem to be causing a swooning sensation in Washington D.C. over the past few days.

TPM spotted an influx of nervous lovers in Craiglist’s Missed Connections section for Washington D.C. Several romantically inclined people are posting messages in hopes of moving their lengthy debate sessions from the Supreme Court steps to more personal chambers. Read More

Faster Faster

Gay Facebook, Gay Yelp, Gay Foursquare, Gay Groupon: The Many Phases of Fab.com

Never say die

The biggest come-from-behind startup story this year has to be Fab, which tried out a bunch of different services focused on the gay market before landing lightning in a bottle with a design focused flash sales site. The company just sent along a hilarious slide presentation summing up their year and revealing some new numbers on their rapid growth.

The way Fab CEO Jason Goldberg sees it, the company began as a sort of “gay Yelp.” When that didn’t work they tried to become a “gay Groupon.” Apparently somewhere along the way they also contemplated “gay Facebook” and “gay Foursquare,” as detailed in this handy chart. Read More