gatekeeper

The Comedy of Error Messages: Wi-fi in the Subway

Delays owing to signal failure (Flickr)

During a recent morning rush on the subway, something new happened.

At about quarter to nine on a jam-packed D train, as the doors opened at Rockefeller Center, my cell phone rang.

I was mortified.

First, I didn’t even know it was possible for phones to ring in the subway. Second, it seemed like the height of bad manners to be getting a call in such a crowded space. Read More

International Relations

The French President Hates Social Media Because People Are Mean

J'ai mal Internet! (Photo: French website)

The next time you’re refreshing Twitter, remember that somewhere French President François Hollande is floating on his magic croissant carpet and judging you.

A French newspaper asked him yesterday about his social media habits and after presumably giving the reporter a stink eye he pooh-poohed the notion that he would waste anytime on those things

“I look when they show me,” Mr. Hollande said to Le Parisien about the idea of even glancing over at an app. “There’s an addictive side to all that stuff that you need to defend against.” Read More

All Paws On Deck

Cat People Dress Like Cats To Attend Cat Video Film Festival

internet cat video film festival

“I’m wearing a tail,” a tall man in a dark jacket said into his phone, trying to locate a friend.

He didn’t appear to be actively wearing the tail as we walked by. But Tamara Bennett, an ASPCA volunteer I met outside the Nassau G station, reminded me that all we really knew was that he wasn’t wearing it “outside his pants.” Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Social Media Expert Katy Perry Has Some Advice About Your Tweeting

Gets it. (Photo: Facebook.)

Do you ever draft a tweet but wonder to yourself “Oh, I don’t know about this one, but I wish Katy Perry was here to help me?” Well, if that’s keeping you wide awake, you can now rest easy because the singer-cum-social media ninja has released her guidelines on proper Internet usage.

In a something (guess we’ll call it an interview?) with USA Today the sparkly bb said her millions of followers have taught her to the proper way to “tame that social media dragon” that comes roaring out of all of us. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Goop Proprietor Gwyneth Paltrow Says the Internet Is ‘Really Upsetting’

"Internet is weird" - Goop. (Photo: Flickr)

You know who isn’t the biggest fan of the World Wide Web? Website owner, Aol host and app developer Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Duchess of Goop told E! News that the Internet is a cause of concern at her house because of all the weird things daughter Apple can see on it. It’s a freighting place, she said, like sitting through a viewing of View from the Top scary. Anyway, she sung the praises of her “super-smart” daughter for constant inquiries about normal childlike things, such as the sun, devil and renewable energy.  Read More