A sign of just how bad the U.S.’s prison system has become.
Years ago, a relatively unknown ’70s band called Spirit accused Led Zeppelin of stealing the famous opening riff to “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s song “Taurus.” The claim was mostly overlooked at the time, but now descendants of Spirit’s founders have taken the accusation to a Pennsylvania court, where the surviving members of Led Zeppelin are being tried for the “falsification of rock history.”
Dr. Elissa Epel, University of California, San Francisco
Do you think before you speak?
In an age of digital technology and communication ruled by emojis and flighty thumbs hovering over mobile phones, there’s a case to be made that social media has made us less aware of the words we use when communicating with the world.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network, is highlighting the issue with the new campaign, ThinkB4YouSpeak, to raise awareness about the extent to which inflammatory, homophobic and hateful language is used on a daily basis. Their website aims to point out the prevalence of this problematic language in an attempt to curb such behavior through awareness. This campaign runs this month, which is National Bullying Prevention Month.
Marie Brian, better known online as the Cotton Floozy, is fed up with the haters trying to rain on her craft parade. An advocate for LGBT rights and feminism, her crafts embody a liberal, and often subversive, viewpoint, making her a target for hateful criticism online.
Instead of engaging with these bellyachers, however, Brian decided to “adorable-ize” the hate by embroidering direct quotes from trolls that she and her feminist friends receive and posting them to Instagram.
Julia Marquand was shopping in downtown Seattle on Oct. 12 when a man began following her closely, then reached out and grabbed her butt.
Instead of ignoring it, however, Marquand took the issue into her own hands. Thinking quickly, she snapped pictures of her attacker on her phone and reported the incident to the police, she told KING 5 News.