The Selfie as Class Signifier

Miss Sheryl doesn’t have a computer and definitely wouldn’t know what a selfie is. Her cell runs on minutes and doesn’t have a camera. Like many of us, she’s too poor to participate in pop culture. She’s on public assistance living in public housing and scrambles for odd jobs to survive.

Salon’s D. Watkins reports from East Baltimore, where “everything looks like ‘The Wire’ and nobody cares what a ‘selfie’ is.” Watkins points out that it requires a certain amount of money to participate in certain aspects of pop culture. [via]

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Improving Health Care in Memphis, Tenn.

In Salon, Alex Halperin reports on the "Memphis model," a health network partnership between hospitals and congregations in Memphis, Tenn.—one of the poorest metro areas in the U.S. and one of the "least healthy"—that has resulted in treating more people and saving hospitals millions in annual costs. Essentially, getting more people treated through the network has resulted in fewer expensive hospital stays for patients who avoid help until the last minute, and partnering with congregations has created a support network for patients to turn to before and after they receive treatment.

A First Date Without Baggage

Clara Bensen’s romance with Jeff began in the traditional manner: through a dating site on the internet. Where their story strays from the typical “meet for drinks, go home together, never speak again” experience is how they planned their batshit crazy first date.

As Clara recounts in an essay for Salon, the burgeoning couple met at the Houston airport and hopped on a flight to Istanbul together for their first date—with no luggage, no itinerary, and a return flight scheduled 21 days later.

Fast Food Workers Go On Strike

Workers want to unionize and raise their pay from minimum wage to $15 an hour, but it would be more likely that companies would negotiate that figure down—if they're willing to negotiate at all.

Just Another Case of Women and Men Being Treated Totally Equally

Have fun reading about this ridiculous case in which a judge says it’s fair game to use a woman’s abortion as evidence of her being an unfit parent. She has two kids with her ex-husband; he’s trying to get full custody. His lawyers subpoenaed her medical records and are arguing that her abortion a year after the divorce is proof she shouldn’t have the kids and the judge was like oh interesting no problem motion to vilify a woman for making a good choice for her life sustained. Cool attitude, judge.