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Slang Words: 10 Things Teenagers Are Saying These Days

The Huffington Post Canada       Arti Patel       First Posted: 12/2/11 07:34 AM ET    Updated: 12/5/11 04:25 PM ET For many, the holidays mean family gatherings and talking to people of all ages. If you're usually the parent trying to decode words like "noob," "pwned" and "flop" during conversations with teenagers -- we're here to help. We talked to tech expert Marc Saltzman about why parents should attempt to learn teenage lingo. "Parents may want to use the same language as their kids so they're not old or outdated. But, it has to feel right. If they're not using the right context it can have a negative effect on kids," he says. In a recent survey sponsored by Orville Redenbacher, Canadian parents were asked if they felt comfortable in the world of gaming. Some parents said, "I don't play games very often and die within minute," while others said "the controls are too confusing." This is what Saltzman c

Two Kinds of Fanaticism

Two Kinds of Fanaticism An editorial by Dennis Prager, January 31, 2012 NationalReview.com  The Muslim world is threatened by religious fanaticism. The Western world is threatened by secular fanaticism. Both seek to dominate society and to use state power to do so. Both seek to eliminate the Other — for Islamic fanatics that means non-Muslim religions and secularism; for secular fanatics it means Christianity and virtually any public invocation of God. The Islamists impose sharia law; the ACLU, and the Left generally, impose secular law. The Taliban wiped out public vestiges of Buddhism in Afghanistan; the ACLU and its allies seek to wipe out public vestiges of Christianity in America — as it did, for example, in Los Angeles County when it successfully pressured the County Board of Supervisors to remove the tiny cross from the county seal. A city and county founded by Catholics — hence the name “The Angels” — was forced to stop commemorating its founders because they were religious. T

Young, in Love and Sharing Everything, Including a Password

Young, in Love and Sharing Everything, Including a Password By  MATT RICHTEL , NyTimes.com  January 17, 2012 Young couples have long signaled their devotion to each other by various means — the gift of a letterman jacket, or an exchange of class rings or ID bracelets. Best friends share locker combinations. The digital era has given rise to a more intimate custom. It has become fashionable for young people to express their affection for each other by sharing their passwords to e-mail,  Facebook  and other accounts. Boyfriends and girlfriends sometimes even create identical passwords, and let each other read their private e-mails and texts. They say they know such digital entanglements are risky, because a souring relationship can lead to people using online secrets against each other. But that, they say, is part of what makes the symbolism of the shared password so powerful. “It’s a sign of trust,” Tiffany Carandang, a high school senior in San Francisco, said of the decision she an

Cee-lo and Imagine

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Cee Lo Green Outrages John Lennon Fans By Changing Lyrics to 'Imagine' Performed on New Year's Evebroadcast from Times Square By  MATTHEW PERPETUA JANUARY 2, 2012 rolling Stone online  Cee Lo Green performs during New Year's Eve in Times Square in New York City Cee Lo Green upset  John Lennon  fans on Saturday night by performing a soulful version of the songwriter's classic "Imagine"  with the lyrics changed  from "nothing to kill or die for / and no religion too" to "nothing to kill or die for / and all religion's true." According to some fans, Green changed the meaning of the song by switching out the line. "The whole point of that lyric is that religion causes harm," tweeted someone with the handle @geekysteven . "If 'all religion's true' it would be a pretty bleak place." Green, who sang the song on NBC's New Year's Eve broadcast from Times Square, responded to criticism about t

Top Teen Insights & Trends Of 2011

Top Teen Insights & Trends Of 2011 by Nick Fuller, Dec 15, 2011,  MediaPost.com  A lot has happened this year and teens have taken notice. World events, economic pressures, personal milestones, friends, education and brands all play big roles in influencing the lives of teens. Teens are evolving and maturing as fast as the technologies and platforms we build around them. We caught up with 300, 13-19-year-old teens in an online discussion to talk to them about the technologies, platforms and brands they used over the course of the year, with their responses offering fresh insights into who they are. Below are highlights from our complete findings. The following narrative represents insights gleaned from more than 4,500 individual responses: 2011: A Year Of Personal Sacrifice No longer insulated by parents doling out discretionary funds, teens are not only reacting to the pressures felt by their cashed-strapped parents, but are helping to take on the responsibility through part

Teens Hear 34 Liquor Brands a Day in Rap, Hip-Hop Music

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By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES   ABC "Good Morning America Oct. 20, 2011 For every hour that American teens listen to music, they hear more than three references to brand-name alcohol -- about 34 in the course of day. This heavy exposure could contribute to youth addiction, according to a University of Pittsburgh and Dartmouth University study published online today in the international journal, Addiction. Researchers point the finger clearly at rap, R&B and hip-hop artists, who they say promote a "luxury lifestyle characterized by degrading sexual activity, wealth, partying, violence and the use of drugs." Although the alcohol trade industries publicly say they do not market to underage drinkers, researchers said the line is "difficult to distinguish" because liquor companies "retroactively reward" the recording artists with product sponsorships and endorsements when songs climb the charts. This music is so popular among high school students