Facebook rebrands amid criticism

Facebook pivots to the “metaverse” after the release of the Facebook Papers By Ivy Lewis and Sophie Boulter, Staff Writer and World News Editor The Facebook company is changing its name to “Meta” following the release of the Facebook Papers.  The “metaverse” is a virtual world community in which individuals can work, eat and play. This community combines virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to create an immersive digital universe. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced these changes during Facebook Connect, a VR and AR conference. “I’ve been thinking a lot about our identity as we begin this next chapter. … Continue reading Facebook rebrands amid criticism

The Lighter Side

Meowderer, masculinity, micro-matches Meowderer: A defendant dubbed “Cat Man,” who faces murder charges, was expelled from the courtroom for meowing too much during his trial (Oct. 26). Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., stated that feminism has driven men away from masculinity, leaving them to seek refuge in “pornography and video games.” Podcaster Jason Kander responded, “If Josh Hawley is an expert on masculinity, then I’d like to take a few minutes to share my thoughts on quantum physics” (Nov. 1). Activists held a “small dong march” in California to help end the “shame” around tiny penises. Sources say that the size … Continue reading The Lighter Side

Council passes corruption reform

By Marty Dubecky, Staff Writer The Cincinnati City Council unanimously approved two reforms tackling corruption last week, prompted by three separate indictments of councilmembers in 2020.  The first reform bars councilmembers from taking campaign contributions from individuals with  financial interests in city business while that business is pending before the council.  The second reform creates a new “ethics czar” position, which is independent of the council. This individual will probe ethics violation complaints and manage a confidential whistleblower hotline. Questions continue to swirl regarding who the ethics czar will be or when they will be appointed. While nine councilmembers were … Continue reading Council passes corruption reform