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My Top 5 ‘Making a Murderer’ Memes

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It’s been exactly one month since Netflix documentary Making a Murderer has aired and I’ve been dying (no pun intended) to write about it since I finished the last episode.* It took me awhile to figure out what angle I wanted to take; Would I talk about the case itself? Focus on the Manitowoc Police Department? Pick apart the verdict? If you wait 8 days, you might find the key to my decision (see what I did there?).

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, there’s a good chance that talk of this series has been blowing up your newsfeed for the past month. Helloooo, spoiler city! People haven’t been able to wrap their heads around, or talk about, anything else – Seth Meyers created a parody video, Mindy Kaling and Chrissy Teigen were tweeting each other about it, a petition received so many signatures that the White House had to release a statement – this documentary is HUGE right now.

Ultimately, I decided to take the lighthearted route that everyone (with a sense of humor) can enjoy. Regardless of whether you believe that Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are guilty or innocent, I think most people would agree that 97% of the investigation was questionable (coughLieutenantLenkcough). Thanks to some info learned in the documentary, shady characters and the internet, we now have a wonderful variety of Making a Murderer memes to enjoy. From cookies decorated with defense attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting to a Powerball ticket being turned into a funny photo, I’m sharing my 5 favorite Making a Murder memes* below.

1. Probably the most popular meme on my timeline and I still laugh every time I see it.









2. Regina George vs. the Manitowoc Police Department – GO! (I included two MG memes, you’re welcome).

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3. I feel you, Pauly D.

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4. Move aside, T.Swift & Co.


5. The definition of an emotional rollercoaster.


*If you haven’t finished (or started) watching the series, I suggest exiting this blog post now. You probably won’t understand it anyway.

*I take no credit for the artistic creation of these awesome memes.

Bruce Jenner Breaks the Internet

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Apparently, Kim Kardashian isn’t the only one in the family that can break the Internet. Social media blew up this weekend when Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer aired. In fact, Jenner’s interview was so popular and powerful that it actually broke social media records. A new record of over 970,000 tweets from 403,000 unique Twitter users weighed in about Jenner, making it the most social Friday telecast to date (minus sporting events). Yet another gold for Jenner. Trending hashtags included #BruceJenner, #BruceJennerABC, #love and many more.  For those of you who have been hiding under a rock, the touching interview revealed that Jenner is transgender. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend taking the time to do so. It’s a great reminder that everyone should be allowed to be who they are without judgement. Although there were some negative tweets (I’m looking at you, Kris Humphries), most of the responses were supportive. Here are some of the social media highlights:

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There was an outpour of support from media outlets to celebrities too:

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What Jenner did not only took a lot of courage, but opened doors, allowed people to understand what transgender means and to be more accepting of others. Congrats, Bruzer!

World Autism Awareness Day


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In honor of my beautiful niece, Lilly, who happens to have autism, I wanted to write about autism awareness and what social media does for a topic like this. Shameless plug alert: she happens to have a Facebook page and blog that sheds light on her journey with autism (see her story here:

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April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. One in 68 children are affected by autism and the number is growing. There’s also no cure, but raising awareness about autism brings us one step closer to finding one. To do this, social media users are hashtagging #LightitUpBlue and it’s getting a tremendous response. People aren’t just simply writing a quick tweet but are taking action in other forms too. Some posts include:

Autism Awareness with Carole King

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Two things I love are seeing businesses take advantage of the voice they have through social media and supporting great causes. One company that is lighting it up blue is Home Depot. You can go to any Home Depot store to purchase #LightitUpBlue lanterns and light bulbs. The proceeds from your purchase will go to Autism Speaks. To spread the word, Home Depot and customers are taking to Twitter to share:

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Another account of successfully reaching an audience through social media deals with Jacqueline Laurita. If anyone watches Real Housewives of New Jersey, you know Laurita has an autistic son, Nicholas. She uses her celebrity platform to educate others on autism. She is also a support system for parents by sharing her own journey with Nicholas.

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Recently, a woman by the name of Jane Wong commented the Autism Behavioral Services Page asking, “Why do people give birth to autistic kids? Waste of society’s resources.” Laurita responded online with a touching open letter to educate Wong instead of attack (read the full letter here:

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Social media outlets continue to prove to be a valuable tool in spreading importance and educating others. I hope you will join me in lighting it up blue on Thursday in support of autism awareness!

My Big Tweet Debut on Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid”

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Social Media pop-ups are no stranger to TV programs, especially on reality programs and live competition shows. I’m one of those who has always tweeted during my favorite shows, whether it shows up on TV or not, I like to join the conversation with my fellow favorite TV show watchers. I remember tweeting during the finale of Nurse Jackie because 1). It was nuts and 2). None of my friends watch the show. The #NurseJackie hashtag confirmed I was not alone in my astonishment on how it ended.

A few weeks ago, during an episode of Discovery’s new hit, Naked and Afraid, I was determined to get my tweet on the air. I had been rambling on to all of my friends and colleagues on how great this show was – I mean, two complete strangers, naked in the middle of nowhere for 21 days with only two supplies of their choice – who wouldn’t want to watch this show?

So there I was, tweeting 20-something times, about the episode featuring Puma and Julie (the only duo who didn’t make it, of course), and I see my tweet! Thank you, DVR, for allowing me to rewind and capture my glimpse of fame and show off to all my friends. No doubt, I think the fact that I’m immersed in social media all day gave me a slight advantage. 😉

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I have to admit that I am kind of a Bravo TV addict. Most of my DVR is filled with shows on Bravo. The first time I saw a preview for the new show Newlyweds, I immediately set a recurring recording for it. Last night, I watched the Real Housewives of OC and I was delighted to find that Newlyweds was premiering afterwards. I was interested in the show because I have only been married for a year and a half and I figured I might be able to relate to some of these people. While that was not the case, although I have  only watched one episode, I did recognize an old friend.

In 1999, I attended a camp in the Cat Skills of New York called, Stagedoor Manor. It was an acting camp and at 15, acting was my passion. Similar to every teenage situation, the camp had cliques and long-time veterans that were considered stars on campus. The most popular guy there was Blair Late. Blair had real talent and was always cast as the star of the main show. Despite Blair’s popularity and rising stardom, he was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I didn’t spend a ton of time with him but whenever I saw him during my month at Stagedoor, he always managed to brighten my day with a genuine compliment.

Fast forward 14 years, I am watching Newlyweds and someone looks extremely familiar. Where do I know that guy from? Is he an actor? I Googled Blair Late and he has quite the credentials, including a stint as a hugely successful popstar abroad. I knew that I had met this guy before, but where. As I racked my brain, it occurred to me that it could only be one place…Stagedoor Manor. I took to Twitter to confirm my suspicions.

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Mystery solved! What would we do without Twitter?

I still wanted to dive a little bit deeper, so I was up early this morning and stopped by my parents’ house to see if I still had my Stagedoor Manor photo album. Indeed I did and I actually had a photo of Blair. photoI would encourage everyone to watch Bravo’s new show, Newlyweds on Monday at 9PM Central! Follow the hashtag #Newlyweds on Twitter to join the conversation.

Is Social Media Changing the Way We Watch TV?

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Something is stirring in the landscape of broadcast television. And social media is at the root of the shift.

Did you know 80% of Smartphone and tablet owners use their devices while watching TV? And 51% of those who post on social media while watching TV do so to connect with others who might also be watching the same thing. They’re tweeting, commenting, and talking live as the events unfold during broadcast, a notable change in how we’re experiencing television series in the age of social networking. Gone are the days of “watercooler” TV talk. Now, chatter and spoilers are easily accessible through social media. The TV landscape is shifting from the watercooler to the Internet.

It looks like more and more networks are starting to integrate social media into their series to enhance the viewing experience of their audience, thereby creating more loyalty among their viewers. While most shows on television have a Facebook page and Twitter account for their fans to like and follow, some TV shows are taking social to a whole new level.

Take Bravo, for example. Aimed at a younger, female-driven audience, the network has engaged viewers by integrating social media in real-time, placing themselves light-years ahead of competing networks. Now, viewers can answer questions while watching the broadcast to vote on what is happening on screen. Ever had the desire to share your opinion on whose side you are on in a housewife fight? Now you can! Bravo’s Play Live! Site serves up real-time content, questions and polls around whatever show is airing on Bravo at any given time. As people vote or interact with content on the site, the tally is calculated and displayed on the television screen in real-time, during the show.

It will be interesting to see how social media plays in the ratings and popularity of a television show. Will networks catch on to the importance of social media and rely more on popularity on social networks than on Nielsen ratings? Many shows are cancelled because they don’t have enough viewers based on Nielsen ratings, but what if social media chatter could change the fate of your favorite shows at risk of cancellation?

Trendrr TV measures social media activity related to specific television shows (e.g. mentions, likes, check-ins) across Twitter, Fcaebook, GetGlue, and Viggle. Here’s a look at the top television on social media last weekend:


Interestingly enough, Spongebob Squarepants was the most talked about show on the air in 2012. Here’s the top 10 list:

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As more and more television shows begin to integrate social media, it may seem inevitable that everything on TV will be in the social sphere soon. Have you become a superfan of your favorite shows by connecting with them online? Are there any shows you feel have dropped the ball in the social game, and you wished they’d expend a little more effort on it? How about TV shows that possibly shouldn’t go social? Does such a thing exist in our interconnected world?

2012 Bravo TV’s Real Housewives Award Winners

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The end of the most dramatic season yet of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has inspired me to have a little fun this afternoon. I have been watching the Real Housewives shows since the first season of The Real Housewives of Orange County aired and at this point, it’s my guilty DVR indulgence. My official Bravo Housewives awards of 2012 has been finalized!

Nene Leakes: Most likely to tell it like it is

Bethenny Frankel: Most successful as a result of the fame from the show

Alexis Bellino: Biggest airhead

Kandi Burruss: Most independent

Ramona Singer: Class clown

Sheree Whitfield: Most full of herself

Caroline Manzo: Best mother

Sonia Morgan: Biggest Lush

Rich Kids of Instagram #rkoi

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A new blog on Tumblr called Rich Kids of Instagram has become popular for showcasing self-proclaimed “rich kids” in various states of excess and indulgence, sparking a debate over rich kids and social media. It boasts the headline “They have more money than you and this is what they do.”

The blog is populated by Instagram shots of enormous mansions, expensive cars, designer jewelry, and luxurious yachts. There is even a picture of two 20-somethings standing in front of a plane with the caption “My new toy! #plane”

One of the more ridiculous posts shows a receipt for over $100,000 worth of food and drinks.

And don’t even get me started on the picture of a teen thanking his personal chef.

There was controversy surrounding the site earlier this month when Alexandra Dell, daughter of Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell, Inc. put up pictures of her private jet and her shopping plans and schedule, creating a potential security risk.

The blog could even serve as an ad for Dom Pérignon with almost every other picture featuring a bottle. Yes, there is even a picture of people showering themselves with the pricey champagne. While I wish I were classy enough to enjoy some Dom on my yacht, I’ll have to stick to my post-college, twenty-something budget of Bud Light on my back deck.

It’s no surprise that this blog has become so popular. We tune in every week to view the spending habits and lavish lifestyles of rich women on whatever franchise of Real Housewives is on. We watch in awe and shock at the extravagant parties thrown on MTVs My Super Sweet 16.We consume tabloids that showcase designer duds and the decadent celebrity weddings and vacations they feature.

But has this blog taken our voyeuristic obsession with the wealthy a little too far? It’s one thing to get sucked into a reality show or admire fancy dresses on a red carpet but to see images of rich kids frivolously and unabashedly boasting about their lavish lifestyles in such an upfront manner leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

What are your thoughts? Is this a fun blog to check up on regularly or are you as put off by it as I am?



My Favorite Bachelorette Live Tweeters

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I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am the biggest fan of The Bachelorette or The Bachelor but every season I get sucked in to it. There were a few seasons I chose not to tune in and I ended up feeling like everyone around me was talking about this ridiculous party they attended that I didn’t get invited to. Because I slightly enjoy watching the men and women on this show humiliate themselves and tend to overdose myself with it’s corny nature, I had to find someone that felt the same way. Bachelor and Bachelorette live tweeters are by far my favorite part of Monday nights. When something hilariously embarrassing happens, just refresh your Twitter feed of your favorite live tweeters and you’re sure to get a laugh. For this reason, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite Bachelor/Bachelorette live tweeters with you so that you can make this show less of the ‘most dramatic rose ceremony ever’ and more of the most comical reality show ever.


Jenny Mollen – Follow her for witty Bachelorette commentary. Even her non-Bachelorette related tweets have me laughing out loud.




Dana Weiss – She will be the first to tweet exactly what you were thinking about the Bachelorette dates and can also tell you where to buy Emily’s outfits.





Really? ANOTHER singing show?! #enoughisenough

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American Idol, The Voice, The Sing Off, X Factor… I think you get the point, right? There are and have been so many singing competition shows on the networks in the past few years they are all starting to sound the same. Still living at home with my parents, (only for 2 more weeks) my dad, yes I said it, my dad is border line obsessed with all these singing shows. He has a weird fascination with American Idol and the Voice. Me, on the other hand am over them. Just when I was getting excited that American Idol is ending next week, I look up and see a new show is coming our way starting next week, Duets. Really ABC? We need another singing show? This one actually seems pretty awful too- professionals singing with amateurs in what they call a “duet.” SO not needed. What blows my mind is that it literally looks EXACTLY the same as the Voice with the judges having their backs turned and pressing a button to turn around when they like someone.  I wish I could be a decent singer with a decent voice- I would have a great chance of being famous with all these ridiculous shows! Looking at twitter and hash tagging #Duets, I came across some people on my same track of mind. Take a look:

Holly says it best: 


Are you excited for #Duets? I know what I’ll be doing if I see that show pop up on my TV in my living room for even a second. Turning it or heading straight out of my room.