Jessica Bennett

Stories by Jessica Bennett

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    How To Get A Raise: Stop Being A "Good Girl"

    It's easy to look at today's women and think we've come a long way. But ribbons and medals don't translate to the real world if women are too afraid to ask for what they deserve.
  • The Truth Is, We're All Raging Liars

    We are a culture of liars, with deceit so deeply ingrained in our psyches that we hardly notice we're engaging in it. Maybe we should embrace lying--and brush up on our skills.
  • Learning How to Get 'Internet Famous'

    Andrew Mahon needed to get famous—fast. So he set up a Web site——asked people to give him suggestions, and acted out their fancy on YouTube. He videotaped himself getting his bellybutton pierced, dressed as a Wall Street banker begging for change—even rode his bike around Manhattan in nothing but an American-flag thong."Famous Andrew" was an experiment, but not the kind you'd think. It was actually Mahon's homework for a design and technology course. It was an unconventional learning tool, to say the least. But at Parsons, the New York City design school where Mahon is now a senior, professors Evan Roth and James Powderly, both artists, along with software developer Jamie Wilkinson, believe that learning how to spread your work on the Web can be almost as important as creating it in the first place. "I think there's this kind of romantic notion of why artists make things, and many are reluctant to admit they want people to view their work," says Roth, a graphic...
  • Facebook: Love in the Age of Social Networking

    It wasn't so long ago that the idea of a college romance playing out online—for better or for worse—would have been deemed weird, nerdy, or just plain pathetic. How the digital world is changing the rules of modern courtship.
  • Trick Or Tweet: Fame and Twitter

    It seems as if everyone is on Twitter—but not everyone is who they say they are. Famous tweeters fall into three categories: they're doing it themselves, a lackey's doing it for them or someone's pretending to be them. A quick survey: ...
  • Undercover at Falwell's Liberty University

    While most of his buddies studied abroad last year, Kevin Roose, a 21-year-old English major at Brown University, tried a different kind of cultural immersion: he spent a semester undercover at Liberty University, the college founded by Jerry Falwell. Roose joined the student newspaper, the school choir and even spent his spring break proselytizing drunk kids in Daytona Beach, Fla. Now a senior back at Brown, Roose wrote a book about his experience, called "The Unlikely Disciple." He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Jessica Bennett. ...
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    Avatars: Love and Desire in the Digital Age

    Lillie and Hawkins met four years ago atop a waterfall overlooking a lush green valley—the kind of magical tableau you find only in romance novels, or in sophisticated virtual universes. A journey into the ways new technology is changing the way we think about love and lust in the digital age.
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    Are We Turning Tweens Into 'Generation Diva'?

    Reared on reality TV and celebrity makeovers, young girls are using beauty products earlier, spending more and still feeling worse about themselves. If these trends continue, by the time your tween hits the Botox years, she'll have spent thousands on the beauty treatments once reserved for the "Beverly Hills, 90210" set.
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    How Compton Got Its Groove Back

    The image of Compton as a defiantly violent ghetto was crystallized by the rap group N.W.A., whose 1988 album, "Straight Outta Compton," went multiplatinum. But today, Compton has a new lease on life.
  • Eddie Vedder Talks Music, Activism

    At work on their ninth studio album, Pearl Jam is re-releasing "Ten" in four new and expanded editions. Lead singer Eddie Vedder talks bout the reissue, balancing music with activism, and life as a father of two.
  • Why She Cuts: One Woman's Battle With Self-Injury

    One woman's fight against the compulsion to injure herself, and why medical experts disagree about how to diagnose those who cut, or in extreme cases, embed objects under their skin.
  • Prop. 8 Rouses a New Generation of Gay Activists

    In the aftermath of California's Proposition 8, outlawing gay marriage, young gays and lesbians have become grassroots, Web-based activists. But is this generation ready to lead?
  • A New Photo-Laden Bible From Dag Soderberg

    How do you create a bible that entices people who don't read the Bible? Swedish advertising guru Dag Soderberg decided recent versions lacked visual punch, so he made a new one with big, glossy photos, hoping design fans will display it proudly on their coffee tables. It worked in Sweden, where his "Bible Illuminated" sold 30,000 copies last year. Sweden's archbishop endorsed it and gave a copy to the outgoing prime minister as a parting gift.When "Bible Illuminated: The New Testament" hits U.S. shelves this month, it might be a harder sell. The book opens with an Andy Warhol poster ("Repent— and Sin No More!") and often juxtaposes modern imagery with ancient scripture. In Matthew, a passage about revenge is paired with a photo of shattered glass from a 1970 shooting of two black students in Mississippi. Mark ("God says, 'I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way' ") runs with photos of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela—OK so far—and Angelina Jolie. "It's a kind of un-Bible...