Just about a year ago, I was in India, and I was in hell. “Hell” is how I describe a luxurious hotel in Goa, where my classmates were spending the day on the beach but where I’d refused to leave my …
Back in August, CNN wrote about an American student, Michaela Cross, who said she experienced relentless sexual harassment during her study abroad trip to India last year. As 2013 ended, Cross wrote in to CNN iReport once more, this time with a reflection on her experience.
Well worth a read. The exchange in the comments is pretty enlightening, too.
“I hope you have a strong stomach. The Indians have a unique body odor … too extraordinary to describe. Just cover your nose. They know they smell.”—Advice friends and family gave iReporter Veronica Pantaleon before her trip to Asia.
We’re asking for people’s stories of everyday racism like this one. Send us your stories from the classroom, the checkout aisle, the book club and the workplace. Do you have a story about a time you were profiled, a time you saw someone judge, or even a time when you yourself stereotyped or judged unwittingly? Upload at ireport.cnn.com or tag your stories or reblogs with #everydayracismcnn and your blog could be featured on CNN.
Thanks to the rise of mobile technologies, today anyone with a cell phone can play an integral role in how a news story breaks. Tweets, Instagrams and other socially shared content inform our understanding of current events as they unfold. CNN’s Webby Winning iReport harnesses the power of this phenomenon by empowering users to submit their own content to help cover important stories. Webby Connect was able to learn more about the social mobile’s role in the evolving face of journalism from CNN’s Katie Hawkins-Gaar.
Check out this cool project by our friends at CNN Digital called Change the List. It spotlights the state of Hawaii, currently ranked number 50 when it comes to voter turnout. Through their reporting, interviews and related social media efforts, they’re hoping their experiment can lift Hawaii in November’s election. Click on the link to see what they’re doing to #changethelist.
“How does Pinterest make money? Here’s another interesting aspect of Pinterest’s game. Unlike other social networks, which waited years to monetize through advertising, Pinterest has taken a different route. They’re monetizing already by taking a cut on sales that pins on their site help generate. They partnered with a firm called SkimLinks, which automatically scans through every link posted on the site to see if it goes to a retail site with an affiliate program. If it finds that kind of link, it secretly adds an affiliate code that ensures Pinterest will make some cash from sales that derive from that link. It’s a clever game, particularly given the site’s users’ retail focus, but Pinterest probably should have disclosed the practice more openly.”—Know Your Internet: What Is Pinterest and Why Should I Care? - The Atlantic (via rachelanna)
“When I was eight years old, I hung a sign on my bedroom door that read "DUKAKIS 4 PREZ." I didn’t know a damn thing about Governor Dukakis, but I knew my dad didn’t like him, and my liberal Catholic grandfather did. That was good enough for me.”—