As temporarily gratifying as Facebook-stalking, blog-hopping, and re-tweeting can be, in the long term, it’s bad for your health.
Mark Zuckerberg and other Internet media moguls will have to watch out for the lawsuits sure to spring up once the news gets out that too much time spent online leads to depression.
In a recent study (reported by Reuters) 1,041 internet-using Chinese teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 were examined over a nine-month period. All of them were assessed before the study, and all were deemed depression free. After the nine months, researcher Lawrence Lam of the School of Medicine at Notra Dame in Sydney found that the teenagers who used the internet more than five hours a day were one-and-a-half times more likely to develop depression.
What does this mean for those of us that have committed, long-term relationships with our laptops? First, we must determine if our adoration for the internet is actually an addiction.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is going after an unlikely enemy - Wikipedia.
The FBI argues that the use of the FBI's official seal on Wikipedia is unapproved. They also say that the use of a high-quality version of the FBI logo being available on Wikipedia makes it easier for others to take the seal and misuse it.
Wikipedia was uncowed and sent back a snarky response. "While we appreciate your desire to revise the statute to reflect your expansive vision of it, the fact is that we must work with the actual language of the statute, not the aspirational version of Section 701 that you forwarded to us," wrote Mike Godwin, general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia.
The law cited by the FBI prohibits someone from manufacturing, selling, or possessing any badge, identification, or other insignia using the FBI logo. Wikimedia argues that this doesn't cover encyclopedia articles.
Now I'm going to move on to writing about something else, before I get a visit from the FBI.
There's a lot of spectacle at San Diego Comic-Con, but one moment I had the chance to witness myself was Joshua Jackon (currently of Fox's "Fringe") walking down the street dressed as the character that first brought him to prominence, Pacey from Dawson's Creek. He was followed by a camera crew and someone holding a boombox playing "Dawson's Creek" theme "I Don't Want To Wait" by Paula Cole.
He passed out flyers to Pacey-Con 2010, gave a dramatic reading, and generally acted insane. It was all part of a guerilla shoot for a Funny Or Die video, which you can see below. As Jackson explained to MTV News, "The original concept was, you know, actors are always trying to run away from characters they've had in their past. Well, I wanted to do the video that was the exact opposite."
The first full day of San Diego Comic-Con is in the books. It featured panels with stars like Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Angelina Jolie.
Stallone was there to promote his August action film, "The Expendables," on a panel that also featured co-stars Dolph Lundgren, "Stone Cold" Steven Austin, Randy "The Natural" Couture, Terry Crews, and a special brief appearance by Bruce Willis. Willis was on a panel earlier to promote his new film RED, more in the action-comedy mold.
The biggest film of the day, and possibly of the entire convention, was "Tron Legacy." Fans everywhere wore "Flynn's Arcade" and "Flynn Lives" T-shirts, and it had the largest number of fans pre-registered on the Comic-Con scheduling site. They showed eight minutes of footage from the film at the convention; a full trailer is included below.
Pop culture mega event Comic-Con kicked off Wednesday night with Preview Night. They limit the number of attendees, offering fans a chance to check out the exhibit hall with slightly less fear of being trampled to death.
Tron Legacy is likely the biggest film of this year's convention, kicking off the panels on Thursday morning, but 2011 will also be a big year for comic book films. Summer 2011 will see Green Lantern, Captain America and Thor all making their way to the big screen.
Comic books compete with film, television, video games, toys and more at today's San Diego Comic-Con. Fans come from around the world to share in the excitement.
This year's event sold out months before the actual show. This year, many fans were lined up already Wednesday night to buy something very important – their tickets for next year.