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What to expect when your story gets swept into the online news cycle

An 8 year-old goes Halloween shopping at Party City, takes offence that the store sells First Nations costumes, and asks her mother if she can write a letter of complaint to the management. Mom suggests social media as a more direct way to shine light on the issue, and posts her daughter’s missive to Twitter. Before you can say 'trick or treat', Huffington Post and GlobalTV come knocking for an interview. The coverage is glowingly positive and upbeat – a precocious, socially conscious child, standing against the injustices of the world. The thumbs up come fast and furious. But so does the avalanche of hate. Dad engages but eventually blocks the combative strangers who descend on his Facebo

What killer clowns can teach us about #fakenews

In Margaret Atwood’s Canadian classic Bodily Harm, Rennie is a lifestyle journalist who writes about trends that don’t exist to see if she can make them exist by writing about them. She’ll do an article on ‘drain-chain’ jewellery then snicker every time she sees a woman with a bath plug chain looped around her neck. Even when Rennie’s editors suspect her trend isn’t real, they go along with it, half-believing that whatever she has to say on her subject will eventually come true. I think of drain-chains every time I see a story on evil clowns. According to this week's news cycle, 'Creepy Clowns' are lurking in playgrounds, near dumpsters, in McDonald drive-thrus, and on the outskirts of the w

3 simple spiritual habits to get off the hamster wheel of wants and needs

In writing an article on modern spirituality for Fashion Magazine, I interviewed Robert Ohotto, a Colorado-based intuitive life strategist who advises clients from around the world on everything from ridding their lives of emotional vampires to timing the sale of their software companies. While Ohotto sees nothing inherently wrong with spending (or making) money on spirituality, he takes issue with practices and practitioners designed to keep seekers on a “hamster wheel” of wants and needs. “You can wear Spiritual Gangster clothing, work on your yoga poses, go vegetarian and meditate constantly, but unless you deal with your issues and emotional baggage, spirituality is the road to enlighten


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