From the Editor: The Internet and Seniors

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD kkumar@wcupa.edu Internet can be a great self-help media for young and old alike to exchange information, shop, and stay connected, informed, and entertained. By no means, what some seniors do is passive (e.g., read online news, watch videos); the 2014 Pew Research Survey notes that seniors (56%) go online to communicate…

Hamilton the Musical Through the Lens of Positive Psychology

Susan Birne-Stone PhD, LCSW Systems Therapist, Private Practice & Kingsborough Community College drsusanbirnestone@gmail.com A review of Hamilton An American Musical Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Richard Rogers Theatre, New York When I heard about an up-and-coming musical that was leaving The Public Theater to head to Broadway, I decided to take a shot…

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Balter, L. & Tamis-LeMonda, C.  (Eds.), (2016).  Child Psychology: A Handbook of Contemporary Issues (3rd Edition). Routledge/Psychology Press. Dorothy Singer, PhD, presented the  keynote address on The Power of Imaginative Play at the National Playwork Conference in Eastbourne, England on  March 1,  2016. Irene Deitch, PhD, shared the following media mishap anecdote:  Like all my “MEDIA MARVELS” we enjoy the challenges…

Washing Behind the Ears: Coming Clean With Corporate Disney

Sean P. Thoennes, PhD Walt Disney World Broadcast Productions Fielding Graduate University sthoennes@fielding.edu The Disney Institute sells a course to businesses teaching Disney’s unique management style that “makes the magic happen.” What they sell does have merit: an organic growth business model seeking input from each person, because each offers a unique viewpoint of “challenges”…

Human Rights and Refugee Access to Information

Janet de Merode Fielding Graduate University jdemerode@fielding.edu A political debate ignited in the United States recently over the issue of access to cell phones by refugees.   Access to a phone, it was argued, indicates financial means that are at odds with refugee status.  In response, digital rights activists argued that access to information, and thus…

Street Gangs and Social Media: A New Social Problem

Christopher J. Przemieniecki, PhD West Chester University of Pennsylvania CPrzemieniecki@wcupa.edu Street gangs have long been a problem for communities in the United States. Gangs create fear, terrorize neighborhoods, contribute to drug and sex trafficking problem, and recruit youth into crime and violence.  While street gangs have been around since the 1800s, the significance of the…