WBEZ | Yahoo http://www.wbez.org/tags/yahoo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en How to Get Dads to Take Parental Leave? Seeing Other Dads Do It http://www.wbez.org/news/how-get-dads-take-parental-leave-seeing-other-dads-do-it-114762 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/dads2.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="storytext"><p>Facebook founder <a href="https://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-23/zuckerberg-take-2-months-parental-leave-mayer-take-2-weeks-113897">Mark Zuckerberg may have taken an extended paternity leave</a> after the birth of his daughter, but generally, American men do not take more than a few days.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/centers/cwf/pdf/BCCWF%20The%20New%20Dad%202015.pdf">Ninety-six percent of American men</a>&nbsp;are back to work within two weeks of a baby&#39;s birth.</p><p>&quot;There might be some stigma attached,&quot; says Gordon Dahl, an economist at the University of California, San Diego. &quot; &#39;What if I take paternity leave, will I not get the next promotion? Or will people think I&#39;m not as connected to the workplace? Am I kind of signaling that I don&#39;t care about work enough?&#39; &quot;</p><p>Dahl studied leave policies in Norway, where a generation ago men took long paternity leave at the same rate as American men. Then, in 1993, Norway changed the law. After every birth, working parents still got 8 months of paid leave to split among themselves but 4 weeks were added just for dad.<br /><br />&quot;Overnight, paternity leave take up went from about 3 percent to 35 percent of fathers,&quot; Dahl says.<br /><br />It was a nice boost, mostly among men working union and government jobs.</p><div id="con465747752" previewtitle="Related links"><div id="res465747627"><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p>What puzzled Dahl was the change that he saw over the next two decades. &quot;This is where the story gets more interesting, because over time, it gradually crept up to about 70 percent of fathers taking leave,&quot; Dahl says.<br /><br />He found the secret was seeing a dad come back to his job, especially in the private sector, without any problems.<br /><br />&quot;If you had a coworker take leave, then you&#39;re 11 percentage points more likely to take leave yourself when you have your child. If you have a brother who took leave, you&#39;re 15 percentage points more likely to take leave,&quot; Dahl says. &quot;These are not small effects. These are big increases in how many people are willing to take leave.&quot;<br /><br />Something similar may be brewing in California,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-family-and-medical-leave-laws.aspx#2" target="_blank">where paid leave has been available</a>&nbsp;to working parents since 2004. Consider Facebook. A combination of factors is tipping the culture toward men actually taking their paternity leave.<br /><br />Tom Stocky, a vice president, had a daughter in 2012 and took the full four months that Facebook offers new parents. &quot;Most of my friends were really surprised and had a lot of questions about what happened when you were away, and what did the rest of your team do, and things like that,&quot; Stocky says.<br /><br />Three years later, Stocky believes the leave he took is having a big impact. The men he manages are much more likely to inquire about and take a long leave.<br /><br />&quot;I probably meet with a new dad every month or two. And it seems like there&#39;s kind of a peer group now that is encouraging and supporting each other and more people are taking it now as a result,&quot; Stocky says.<br /><br />Among them is Tom Whitnah, an engineering manager at Facebook. &quot;I saw Tom Stocky taking his leave right as I joined the Search Team, and it just was really clear that it was something that he thought was really important,&quot; Whitnah says.<br /><br />Whitnah&#39;s two kids arrived 17 months apart, and he took full leave with each one.</p><div id="res465727555"><div id="responsive-embed-paternity-leave-20160203"><iframe frameborder="0" height="801px" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" src="http://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/paternity-leave-20160203/child.html?initialWidth=774&amp;childId=responsive-embed-paternity-leave-20160203" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" width="620px"></iframe></div></div><p>&quot;I had just become a new manager, and I felt like I wasn&#39;t sure how a team goes without their manager for one or for three months, and he made it really clear this is something that we accommodate. Just made me feel so much less nervous,&quot; he says.<br /><br />The number of California dads taking a break from work to spend time with a new child is beginning to pick up. Seventeen percent of men in California took leave the first year it was offered; 26 percent did five years later.</p><p>Stocky is now taking another long parental leave. He begins three months of caring full time for his son, at the same time that his boss, Mark Zuckerberg, comes back to work from paternity leave.</p><p>Does what happens at Facebook have anything to do with the rest of the country? Maybe. But if there&#39;s one thing that the folks at Facebook understand, it&#39;s the power of friends.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/02/08/465726445/how-to-get-dads-to-take-parental-leave-seeing-other-dads-do-it?ft=nprml&amp;f=465726445"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-get-dads-take-parental-leave-seeing-other-dads-do-it-114762 Afternoon Shift: Tech news, artist Theaster Gates and Chicago gas prices http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-05-24/afternoon-shift-tech-news-artist-theaster-gates-and-chicago-gas <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Chicago gas explainer_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Techies Samuel Axon and Scott Smith look at why coolness matters in tech. Niala speaks with Chicago artist Theaster Gates. WBEZ reporter Michael Puente answers your questions about gas prices.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-tech-news-artist-theaster-gates-an.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-tech-news-artist-theaster-gates-an" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift: Tech news, artist Theaster Gates and Chicago gas prices" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-05-24/afternoon-shift-tech-news-artist-theaster-gates-and-chicago-gas App will help parents, kids map routes to new schools http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/app-will-help-parents-kids-map-routes-new-schools-106278 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://cps.go2school.org/" target="_blank"><img alt="Go to School!" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Go%20to%20School%21.png" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; height: 508px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="cps.go2school.org/" /></a><strong>&#39;ATTENDING A NEW SCHOOL COULD BE A DANGEROUS PROSPECT.&#39; </strong>As Chicago prepares for its largest-ever round of school closings, Tom Kompare, a member of Chicago&#39;s vibrant <a href="http://www.meetup.com/OpenGovChicago/" target="_blank">Open Government Chicago</a> programming movement, has created a new Web application called <strong>&quot;Go to School!&quot;</strong>&nbsp;-- to help families across Chicago gauge &quot;their travel options.&quot; That includes, as he explains in an email to the group, &quot;locations of police stations, fire stations, and hospitals.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">He says&nbsp;it started out as a selfish exercise: &quot;I sometimes get to work from home and get to pick up my daughter after school. I need to hop on the L do so, and was wondering when I had to leave in order to get there on time.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The app&#39;s up and running now, with maps showing which schools are closing or relocating. By this fall, he expects to add so-called &quot;safe haven&quot; businesses and crossing guard locations. It works on smartphones or desktop browsers. Check it out at <a href="http://cps.go2school.org/" target="_blank">cps.go2school.org</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Meanwhile, Kompare is making <a href="https://github.com/tkompare/go2school" target="_blank">the source code available here</a> to anyone who wants to adapt it for use by other school districts.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/cps-school-closing-fight-_n_2950921.html" target="_blank">Student protests escalate</a>, along with fear over violence.<br />* Chicago putting <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-police-foot-patrols,0,7096814.story" target="_blank">more cops on foot patrol</a> along dangerous blocks.</span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>A MILLIONAIRE AT 17.</strong>&nbsp;British teenager&nbsp;Nick D&rsquo;Aloisio has sold his news-reading app, <a href="http://summly.com/" target="_blank">Summly</a>, to Yahoo for a figure <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/business/media/nick-daloisio-17-sells-summly-app-to-yahoo.html?_r=0" target="_blank">reportedly in the tens of millions of dollars</a>. And how was your Monday?<br />* <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/spotify-plans-to-take-on-netflix-and-hbo-with-streaming-video-service-2013-3?op=1" target="_blank">Spotify targets Netflix, HBO</a> with streaming video, including original content.<br />* <a href="http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2013/03/25/facebook-improves-its-commenting-system-bringing-threaded-comments-and-replies-at-last/" target="_blank">Facebook finally adds &quot;Reply&quot; option</a> to comments.<br />* Facebook founder Zuckerberg creates <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/facebooks-zuckerberg-push-immigration-reform" target="_blank">organization to promote immigration reform</a>.<br />* Mayor Bloomberg seems to suggest <a href="http://politicker.com/2013/03/did-mayor-bloomberg-warn-rupert-murdoch-to-stop-twittering/" target="_blank">Rupert Murdoch stay off Twitter</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;HI, IN THE PAST 2 YEARS, YOU HAVE ALLOWED ME TO KILL 70,000 PEOPLE.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;<em>The Onion&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/hi-in-the-past-2-years-you-have-allowed-me-to-kill,31805/" target="_blank">makes fun of&nbsp;Syria&#39;s president,&nbsp;Bashar al-Assad</a>. Or is it making fun of everyone else?<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-un-syria-20130325,0,6661725.story" target="_blank">UN pulls staff out of Syria</a> because of deteriorating conditions.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>NFLer OUT OF THE CLOSET?</strong>&nbsp;CBS Sports reports <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/mike-freeman/21946093/some-believe-atmosphere-is-safe-for-gay-nfl-player-to-come-out" target="_blank">a current NFL player is considering coming out publicly</a>. His main concern, the report says, is that <a href="http://deadspin.com/report-a-gay-nfl-player-is-strongly-considering-comi-458750903" target="_blank">he&#39;ll be in jeopardy from homophobic fans</a>.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/app-will-help-parents-kids-map-routes-new-schools-106278 Working women: can we really have it all? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/working-women-can-we-really-have-it-all-106047 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/xlarge.jpg" title="Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo, has banned her employees from working at-home. Is her decision justified or completely unfair to working mothers? (AP) " /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Good news: the U.S. unemployment rate just dropped to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/business/economy/us-added-236000-jobs-in-february.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">7.7 percent</a>, the lowest number we&#39;ve seen in 4 years.&nbsp;Bad news: most of the highest-paid jobs in this country <a href="http://gawker.com/5967445/stalled-increase-in-female-corporate-leadership-is-troubling-experts-say?tag=marissa-mayer" target="_blank">still belong to men</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The outliers in this scenario are two incredibly successful women of the Internet age: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. However, these media mogals have recently been on the receiving end of some <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/roiphe/2013/03/backlash_against_sheryl_sandberg_and_marissa_mayer_why_do_we_hate_powerful.html" target="_blank">harsh criticism</a>&nbsp;for the way that they choose to navigate through a man&#39;s world.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Women clamor for more female CEOs, but when one of our own does make it to the top, we&#39;re often the first to start tearing her down. Sandberg has been mocked by female critics as &quot;a PowerPoint Pied Piper in Prada ankle boots&quot; (nice alliteration, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/opinion/sunday/dowd-pompom-girl-for-feminism.html" target="_blank">Maureen Dowd</a>) who &quot;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/25/watch-sheryl-sandbergs-speech-to-harvard-business-school-graduates/" target="_blank">doesn&#39;t do enough</a>&quot; to empower other women. Meanwhile, Mayer has received her own fair share of <a href="http://jezebel.com/5986676/marissa-mayer-wont-let-you-work-from-home-even-if-you-really-need-to-be-there-sometimes" target="_blank">feminist backlash</a>&nbsp;by telling her employees that they can no longer work from home, then building an <a href="http://www.carbonated.tv/news/yahoo-ceo-marissa-mayer-ends-working-at-home-then-builds-nursery-at-her-office" target="_blank">office nursery</a> for her child and not extending the same courtesy to other parents on staff.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">I sympathize with the working mothers of Yahoo, especially since Mayer has the <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/marissa-mayers-fabulous-life-2012-7?op=1" target="_blank">million-dollar</a> luxury of bringing her baby to work while the rest of her lowly peons do not. Still, I believe that Mayer&#39;s decision was made with the best of intentions, even if she does come across as a bit of an elitist in doing so.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Mayer saw that her at-home employees <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/how-marissa-mayer-figured-out-work-at-home-yahoos-were-slacking-off-2013-3" target="_blank">weren&#39;t signing in</a> on a regular basis, her company started slipping and she did what she had to do to get everybody back on track. Also, paying for her kid&#39;s nursery with her own money is, in a roundabout way, setting a positive example for her staff members: &quot;I&#39;m making you come to the office, so I&#39;ll be here every morning too--with my newborn baby in tow.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The hate for Sheryl Sandberg, on the other hand, seems even less justified. Her new book, <em>Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead</em>, encourages women to participate, or &quot;lean in&quot; to get ahead professionally. Sandberg earns a reported <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/11/living/sandberg-advice-working-mothers/index.html" target="_blank">$30 million</a> a year, so surely this is sound advice.</div><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sheryl-sandberg-facebook-book-320x320.jpg" style="float: right; " title="Sheryl Sandberg's new book, 'Lean In,' addresses the challenges that women face in the workplace and how to overcome them. (NPR.org)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Well, reviews&nbsp;from female critics have been decidedly <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9922326/Sheryl-Sandbergs-Lean-In-reviews-round-up.html" target="_blank">mixed</a>. While some offer a smattering of faint praise (&quot;Sandberg&#39;s advice to young women, which can sound like a finger-wagging admonishment when taken out of context, is framed here in more encouraging terms,&quot; writes Anne-Marie Slaughter of the <em>New York Times</em>), most lash out with sharp-tongued vitriol.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">As Connie Schultz attests in the <em>Washington Post</em>, &quot;Sandberg barely mentions the millions of single mothers in the workplace.&nbsp;She does, however, advise women on how to find a supportive spouse--who in her book, is almost always male. Ambitious lesbians will have to find their tutorial elsewhere.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Yikes.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Okay, so maybe Sandberg isn&#39;t the next feminist icon à la Gloria Steinem or Rachel Maddow. She may not even be the best person to advise working moms on how to advance their careers, considering that her multimillion dollar salary doesn&#39;t make her all that relatable. But does she really deserve this much animosity from the women she&#39;s trying to help? I don&#39;t wholeheartedly agree with every theory that Sandberg lays out in her book, but I applaud her (and all the women featured in the PBS documentary <a href="http://www.pbs.org/makers/home/" target="_blank"><em>Makers</em></a>) for drilling holes in the glass ceiling that would not have been possible even 20 years ago.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Perhaps we should focus on building up our female leaders instead of bashing their every move, considering that we still don&#39;t have very many of them to represent us. According to <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-12-11/women-lacking-top-jobs-makes-yahoo-ceo-exception-to-rule" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, women only held 14.3 percent of executive positions at Fortune 500 companies and 16.6 percent of board seats in 2012, while over half of companies surveyed had all-male directors.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">These statistics are troubling for several reasons. First of all, it is a <a href="http://jezebel.com/5930815/companies-with-women-on-the-board-more-profitable-than-all+dude-corporate-sausage-parties" target="_blank">proven fact</a> that companies perform <em>much</em> better when they have more female directors. Massive corporations (with market caps of over $10 billion) that included women on their boards had stock prices that outperformed their peers by <a href="http://gawker.com/5967445/stalled-increase-in-female-corporate-leadership-is-troubling-experts-say?tag=marissa-mayer" target="_blank">26 percent</a> over 6 years, which is no small feat. Also, there has been an overall lack of progress to closing the gender gap, with the number of women in leadership positions rising at a &quot;glacial pace&quot; of only <a href="http://gawker.com/5967445/stalled-increase-in-female-corporate-leadership-is-troubling-experts-say?tag=marissa-mayer" target="_blank">1.4 percent</a> since 2011.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Ladies, we need each other. Instead of building walls out of spite, jealousy or sheer &quot;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/kay/2012/11/10/at-work-mean-girls/1693817/" target="_blank">mean girl</a>&quot; cattiness, let&#39;s try championing and supporting one another instead. If&nbsp;we band together and form a united front, lingering misogyny in the workplace won&#39;t stand a chance against us.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>&nbsp;or add her on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett">Facebook</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/working-women-can-we-really-have-it-all-106047 As Yahoo CEO sparks debate over telecommuting, advocates say Chicagoans are spending too much time at the office http://www.wbez.org/news/yahoo-ceo-sparks-debate-over-telecommuting-advocates-say-chicagoans-are-spending-too-much-time <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS3593_LSD Tim Brown 1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80965179" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/swanksalot/3114444338/" target="_blank" title="Slowly Creeping Home by swanksalot, on Flickr"><img alt="Slowly Creeping Home" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3254/3114444338_2ecea8a80a.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 426px; float: left;" title="Chicago's long commute (Flickr/Seth Anderson)" /></a>Leaders at internet giant Yahoo have announced plans to stop letting employees work from home.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130222/yahoo-ceo-mayer-now-requiring-all-remote-employees-to-not-be-remote/" target="_blank">it was reported</a> that Marissa Mayer, Yahoo&rsquo;s new CEO, will force the web company&rsquo;s few hundred remote workers to come back to the office.</p><p>The move was controversial because in some ways Yahoo is bucking a growing trend. Between 2005 and 2011, the number of workers telecommuting in the U.S. grew by 73 percent.</p><p>So where does Chicago fit into this trend?</p><p>Despite significant growth, Chicago lags behind San Diego, Atlanta, Seattle and a slew of other urban areas in the percentage of total workers who work mainly from home. According to 2009 data, Chicago was at 2.3 percent - the same as the national average at the time (it&rsquo;s now 2.5 percent).</p><p>&ldquo;Companies continue to think about flexibility and telework as being this sort of soft fluffy thing,&rdquo; said Kyra Cavanaugh. Her consulting firm, Life Meets Work, helps Chicago-area businesses transition to what she calls a &ldquo;flexible workplace model.&rdquo; She argues letting people work from home and allowing flexible hours increases productivity and employee satisfaction, and reduces absenteeism.</p><p>On top of the advantages to telecommuting, there are also disadvantages to commuting in Chicago: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/report-chicago-traffic-bad-leave-early-105360" target="_blank">a recent study</a> shows that it can take Chicago drivers four times as long as it should to get to and from work.</p><p>But Cavanaugh thinks the city&rsquo;s not ready to go too far down the telecommuting road.</p><p>&ldquo;Chicago is the place where, you know, we smelt steel and slaughter cattle, and our attitudes about workplace practices represent that still,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Chicago-area employers who encourage telecommuting include Aetna, Bank of America and the federal government. The federal <a href="http://www.telework.gov/Telework_Enhancement_Act/index.aspx" target="_blank">Telework Enhancement Act of 2010</a> encourages federal agencies to save money by allowing eligible employees to work from home, and from 2005-2011 there was a 424 percent increase in the numbers of federal employees working out of the office.</p><p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/LewisPants" target="_blank">Lewis Wallace on Twitter</a>.</p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/yahoo-ceo-sparks-debate-over-telecommuting-advocates-say-chicagoans-are-spending-too-much-time Top 3 at 3: Lessons from old emails http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-20/top-3-3-lessons-old-emails-96537 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-20/you&#039;ve got mail.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-20/you%27ve%20got%20mail.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 214px; height: 317px; " title="">I was recently forced into confronting a former self. That self exists in my former Yahoo account- a testament to my life in middle and high school. It's shocking, but I didn't always worship at the altar of Gmail and all that is Holy.&nbsp;</p><p>This long dormant account took on a life of its own a few weeks ago, when it began spamming all my old contacts. Sure, many of them (like SurferChick1874) were no longer active, but it was irritating to those who had stayed faithful to their accounts in the interim years when I had moved on. I realized I needed to get in there and clean it out, to transfer the emails I found entertaining and worth saving, and delete all those from Change.org. Behold, a few things I've learned about the process of purging a former internet self:<br><br>1. <strong>It is totally worth it to incriminate yourself online, if it makes a good story in the end</strong><br>Those who read <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/ian_parker/search?contributorName=ian%20parker">Ian Parker</a>’s beautiful but tragic&nbsp;<em>New Yorker </em>story about college student Tyler Clementi and his roommate Dharun Ravi’s involvement in said death<a href="http://www.theawl.com/2012/01/todays-a-good-day-to-delete-your-gchat-archives"> probably thought</a>, “Hey, I’m never staying ‘on record’ in a Gchat ever again.” That’s because Parker tells a story that had been heavily covered already in a unique way: through the instant messages and emails of these two figures. For some reason, I got hung up on everything we wouldn't have known about Clementi and Ravi&nbsp;without this digital trail, and found it fascinating. Parker uses this source base to beautifully elucidate a tale that could have remained just tabloid. For some reason, I found this comforting rather than scary. Take that as you will.<br><br>2.<strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Using&nbsp;appropriate spelling and grammar is very important if you want to be taken seriously</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>and 3.<strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>We should respect and appreciate how far technology has come</strong></p><p>This email below really speaks for itself, so I won’t set it up at much. The only context needed: I sent it to my mother right before I went to camp for a month early in my high school career. What have I learned from it? I’m glad I now use “you” instead of “u” when communicating with others. I’m glad we don’t still have to rely on faulty VHS tapes; what a bummer that was. I'm also glad that I no longer have to involve others in my crazy obsessions, because DVR and internet television exist.<br><br><b style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: normal; "><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">From: Kate Dries </span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">To: Mom </span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Cc:</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 7:15 PM</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Subject: TAPE MY SHOW! do not delete this email!</span><br><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Mom-</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">I am relying on u to tape AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">every TUESDAY at 9:00 PM on CHANNEL 9 (UPN).</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">u should tape it on:</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">July 1, 2003</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">July 8, 2003</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">July 15, 2003.</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">this is 3, 1 HOUR episodes. the tapes are in a stack</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">by the tv, rewound and labeled.</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">i love u and thank u lots</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">love kate</span></b></p><p>Now you know the exact dates that <em>America's Next Top Model</em> was airing in the summer of 2003. You're welcome.</p></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-20/top-3-3-lessons-old-emails-96537