Articles by Christopher Zara
- Late-Night Amber Alert Irritates Cranky New Yorkers
July 17 2013 2:03 PM
An Amber Alert activated by the NYPD just before 4 a.m. on Wednesday angered New York City residents, who took to Twitter and Reddit to vent their frustrations.
- RFID Tracking Badges: Did They Improve School Attendance?
July 16 2013 5:39 PM
A pilot program to track students via RFID-enabled badges is being scrapped in San Antonio after they had no effect on attendance.
- Grieving Gleeks Ask Twitter To Keep Monteith’s Account Alive
July 16 2013 3:00 PM
Fans of the late actor Cory Monteith have called on Twitter to keep his account active following his death, highlighting the role of social media in the grieving process.
- Editor-In-Chief Of Metro US Newspaper Loses Battle With Cancer
July 16 2013 11:11 AM
Tony Metcalf, editor-in-chief of the daily Metro US newspaper, passed away on Sunday at the age of 50. Staffers paid tribute to the British-born journalist on the newspaper’s website Monday.
- Village Voice Vs. Yelp: Battle Of The ‘Best Ofs’ Heats Up
July 15 2013 5:28 PM
Voice Media Group, parent company of the Village Voice and 10 other alt-weeklies, relaunched its BestOf phone app on Monday in 32 cities, including 21 in which it has no print presence.
- Will Zimmerman Profit From Trayvon’s Death?
July 15 2013 3:00 PM
Following Saturday’s not guilty verdict, everyone and anyone connected with the high-profile George Zimmerman trial may be tempted to cash in on the case. Will Zimmerman be one of them?
- Coke University: When Did Big Junk Food Hijack Nutrition Education?
July 12 2013 10:05 PM
Weaning the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics off junk-food money may prove just as challenging as weaning Americans off junk food.
- Want To Kill Pussy Riot? There’s A Video Game For That
July 12 2013 5:01 PM
A new video game reportedly lets players kill members of Pussy Riot, building on a trend of news-inspired games and apps that sometimes push the boundaries of taste.
- Small Businesses Fed Up With Yelp ‘Extortion’
July 12 2013 2:22 PM
Business owners are continuing their legal fight against Yelp Inc., charging the user-generated review giant with wielding its influence to extort advertising dollars.
- Journalists Are More Popular Than Lawyers, But Not Much
July 11 2013 5:18 PM
A new poll by Pew Research shows that esteem for journalists has declined sharply since 2009, while teachers and military professionals are still held in overwhelmingly high regard.
- Outrage Over Godless Sam Adams Commercial Is A Real Brew Ha-Ha
July 09 2013 3:56 PM
Some conservatives on Twitter and Facebook are calling for a boycott of Samuel Adams beer after one of its commercials omitted the “Creator” reference from a Declaration of Independence excerpt.
- Sexual Humor On TV Is No Joke For Teen Girls
July 09 2013 2:27 PM
Broadcast TV comedies like “Family Guy” are contributing to a culture that makes light of sexual exploitation, particularly in regard to underage girls, according to a new report by the conservative watchdog group Parents Television Council.
- Badge Of Dishonor: Is Anybody Surprised That ‘The Lone Ranger’ Flopped?
July 08 2013 6:45 PM
Even with Johnny Depp, “The Lone Ranger” shot blanks at the box office, showing the risks of rebooting a radio-era franchise.
- Media’s Plane Crash Coverage Stirs Flying Fears
July 08 2013 2:52 PM
Media outlets worked overtime this holiday weekend covering the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, but does wall-to-wall coverage help or hurt in disaster recovery?
- Is LinkedIn Soft On Stalkers? Angry Users Want Better Blocking
July 03 2013 4:58 PM
A petition is calling on LinkedIn Corp. to strengthen its blocking features and allow users to better protect themselves from stalkers.
- Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Sink, And Fox News Is Still Untouchable
July 03 2013 2:03 PM
According to quarterly ratings released this week by Nielsen, MSNBC’s average primetime viewers were down 16 percent. Rachel Maddow logged her lowest month since her show debuted.
- Iran Cyber-Attack: Did Obama’s Favorite General Spill Secrets?
July 02 2013 6:06 PM
The reported investigation of Gen. James Cartwright over leaks about U.S.-Israeli cyber-attacks on Iran seems very curious.
- Fallacies Of The 4th: 7 Myths About The US’ Birthday
July 02 2013 1:51 PM
Independence Day is Thursday, July 4. Before you head out to that barbeque, brush up on your holiday facts -- but don’t get fooled by these seven common 4th of July myths.
- Traumatized? A Columbine Survivor Wants To Hear Your Story
July 01 2013 5:40 PM
Kathy Carlston, who lived through the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School, is launching an online resource for people dealing with trauma.
- Sesame Workshop’s Silence On Bert & Ernie Is A Disservice To The Gay Community
July 01 2013 2:57 PM
The burning question of Bert and Ernie’s sexual orientation flared up again this weekend with the New Yorker’s celebratory cover illustration.