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What’s making social media smile? That time Elmo lost his cool over Rocco

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Elmo losing his last nerve feels so good right now. With omicron raging and the prospect of more mass shutdowns, the beloved Muppet yelling about his pal Zoe’s pet rock — “Rocco’s just a rock!” — is downright cathartic. Thank you to Twitter user @wumbooty for sharing this video clip, which… Read More

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Kids’ mental health and safety in the spotlight as social media execs face Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A Senate committee is widening its investigation into the impact social media platforms have on children, teens and young adults, with more apps facing congressional scrutiny. NewsHour’s William Brangham reports with Jean Twenge, a psychology professor and author of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant,… Read More

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Nelsonville Police Officer Resigns Over ‘Insensitive’ Facebook Post

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — A Nelsonville police officer sworn in Friday afternoon resigned several hours later over a post she had made on social media. Nelsonville Police Chief Scott Fitch announced the officer’s resignation in a post on his department’s Facebook page late Friday night. The officer was not named in the post, but Fitch later… Read More

Next War: The Future of Technology, Security and Threats


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Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Cyberwar, Social Media Battles, 3D printing, bio-enhancements, and a new geopolitical competition; the 21st century is being shaped by a range of exciting, and scary, new trends and technologies. A best selling author described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” and a consultant for groups that range… Read More