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How current technology has changed our individual lives and society from when we were kids

Technology continues to advance quite quickly. Particularly in the past few years it has greatly impacted how we communicate with each other via the Internet and mobile technology, as well as how we purchase and consume music, navigate with directions and access all kinds information about the world. 

 
How has all of these changes affected our lives from a social perspective? Many seem to think that while we are able to access virtually any amount of information easily at our fingertips, it has also made us less communicative with each other, less interested in enjoying the outdoors and raising future generations without proper interpersonal and social skills. 
 
 

Jada Pinkett Smith pushes for an Oscars boycott; Whoopi weighs in, and Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump

Quite the controversy has ensued after Jada Pinkett Smith called for people to boycott the Oscars this year due to the lack of diversity in nominees. The lack of diversity has been called into question various times in the past, but this year it seems to have come to a boiling point. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite resurfaced from last year directly after Jada's video statement with a surge of social media conversations criticizing the Academy. 

 
Ultimately, this caused Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs to make a statement vowing to take steps to make changes. In addition, many stars have weighed in on the issue, but none as fiery and emotional as Whoopi Goldberg's, who insists that the problem does not stem from the Academy, but rather a lack of movie parts available for actors who are not white. We'll see what happens at this year's show, but with this much attention a change is bound to happen within the Academy. 

 
Additionally #OnBigDaddysRadar is Sarah Palin's announcement that she is endorsing Donald Trump. From listening to to past shows, it's clear that we are all not very fond of "The Donald" and even less fond of Sarah Palin, but in any case, we will be keeping a watchful eye to find out how this endorsement affects his campaign. 

Best and worst moments from the Golden Globes and the world mourns David Bowie

It's January, which of course means that it's the beginning of a new year, but it also means that it's kickoff to a new award season starting with the Golden Globes. This year's show has been particularly criticized for being way too long and overall not very eventful. Despite that opinion by many critics, there were still some very widely-discussed moments, wins and jabs throughout the evening. Most notable has to be Leonardo DiCaprio's reaction to being bumped by Lady Gaga as she approached the stage to accept her win for American Horror Story Hotel. 

The other main topic #OnBigDaddysRadar that we all had a lot to say about was the death of music legend David Bowie. He made such an impact in this world, not only from a musical perspective, but in fashion, pop culture and challenging our minds to expand our own ideas of what encompasses each of those. He was a man way ahead of his time that has influenced artists from all around the world from various generations and he will be greatly missed. 

Last Day for Amanda as permanent panelist, Twitter changing character limit to 10,000, and New Year’s Resolutions

Sadly, this is the last episode that Amanda will be on the show as a regular panelist. We hope to have her on the show as a guest from time to time and whenever she is able. She will always be a big part of the Big Daddy Radio family and we wish her well, especially in her role as a new mom! 

Aside from that bitter-sweet news, there were many stories #OnBigDaddysRadar this week. We talk a lot about social media, so we couldn't help but weigh in on Twitter's announcement that is fundamentally changing the entire social network with the notion that they will soon move from 140 character limit to a character limit of 10,000. We don't know what that exactly means for the future of Twitter, but us along with many of its die-hard users have very strong opinions about it. 
Lastly, it is the new year after all, so as we welcome 2016, it would be crazy not to discuss the importance of New Year's Resolutions in our culture, what ours are (if any), why the majority of them never come to fruition, and how we can make them a part of our everyday lives as new habits. 

A look back at the best pop culture moments of 2015, Bill Cosby arraigned and Twitter’s new anti-hateful conduct policy

There have been some extremely memorable moments in 2015; some tragic, some positive and inspiring, and others that brought much needed change. Overall it was a standout year, so for our last show of 2015 and as the year was about to come to a close, we decided to look back discuss best the moments -- and our favorite -- in pop culture in 2015.  

Additionally #OnBigDaddysRadar this week was Bill Cosby's arraignment in Pennsylvania for criminal sex charges. He may have posted bond and left the police station a few hours after being booked, but there is a lot more facing Cosby once the hearing begins. If he's eventually convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison. 
Lastly, as we've discussed multiple times on the show, we are all very much advocates for anti-bulling and anti-violence campaigns, so we were extremely pleased to see Twitter this week announce its new policy against abusive behavior and hateful conduct. We all know how prevalent bullying and "trolling" have become on social media, so it's fantastic to see the social network take a stand. Our only question is how does Twitter plan to monitor and enforce the new policy with so many millions of users interacting with each other across the globe?

TV seasons getting shorter, new study: sex is best when on vacation, and new couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

Guest panelist Nicky Elliston from Smarter San Diego returned to the show this week and joined in on the conversation about the latest #OnBigDaddysRadar. 

 
First up was about how TV seasons have become much shorter than they once were. Don't you remember when TV programs began in September, took a week off for Thanksgiving, another week off for Christmas and then had the season finale around the end of May? Now it seems most shows are much shorter, There is now what is called a "winter hiatus"  that lasts for close to two months On top of that, the shows seem to end earlier than they used to. What's that all about? 

 
Additionally, we discussed results released from a recent study indicating that most people have the best sex when they are on vacation. There are many theories behind this, but most likely it has to do with the fact that people are excited and happy to be on vacation, they are away from the kids, and they just have more free time than they would at home stressed and preoccupied with having to get ready for work 
 
Lastly, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani seem to be on blast in almost every entertainment publication, both online and in print, after announcing that they are now a couple. Can a relationship like theirs last when they are constantly in the spotlight? 
 
 

Leah Remini’s new memoir on Scientology, oversharing on social media, and veganism and beer

Leah Remini just released a new memoir chronicling her 30 years as part of the "Church" of Scientology. It's a very honest and direct account of her experiences that is shedding new light on what on the religious group that is notorious for having so many high-profile celebrity members. Needless to say, it should make a very interesting read. 

As for an additional topic on the radar this week, there was a recent article posted about Facebook and how it is becoming more and more difficult to accuse people of oversharing. The survey which asked tens of thousands of people found that only 34 percent had updated their status recently, which is a big drop from 50 percent last year. This is definitely pointing to a shift into how we are using the social media platform. 
Lastly, Guinness just announced that after 256 years will stop a process of filtering their beer through fish guts, which by no means even a marginal amount of people knew about anyway, but is a big win for the vegan community, especially those who love a good pint. 

Playboy to stop publishing nudity, Madonna concert countdown and Miley Cyrus shenanigans

Playboy recently announced it will stop publishing all nudity as part of its redesign that will be unveiled in March 2016. The publication's executives blame the Internet for making nudity and just about any type of sexually provocative content so widely available. A Playboy executive made the announcement and stated that nudity in publications is now "passé". We think it's a little more complicated than that because let's be real: nudity will never ever be passé. 

Speaking of nudity, Miley Cyrus is getting some flack for planning an all-naked concert with her and the band The Flaming Lips all performing in the nude. But here's the catch -- the audience will be naked too. Many think Miley went off the deep end ever since her infamous performance at the 2013 VMAs twerking in a skimpy teddy bear costume, and that she has been drawing attention to herself in all the wrong ways ever since solely for the pursuit of fame. Others claim that, as a self-described "vegan nudist"  she is groundbreaking and is helping to influence and open people's minds to new perspectives through her music and her own unique expression. Whatever the real reasons might be, she seems to be getting the attention she wants as she has had no shortage of exposure in the media. 

Concierge Medicine, VW #DieselGate, The Facebook Hoax and Social Media Meanies

Sandy Lyons Rasque from the WELLth Center is back to talk about Concierge Medicine and how it can really help change how you interact with your doctor and receive the medical care you need. 

In addition, we're super upset about the recent VW debacle, (aka #DieselGate) that directly effects Amanda, who just purchased a VW with a TDI engine just two months ago. It's going to be interesting to see what ends up happening with VW in the wake of this big issue. All we know is that it's not good at all. 
Lastly, we've talked about social media often on the show, but this time we're obsessing about the reasons why so many people are not only so quick to believe anything that is posted on social networks (think the Facebook privacy hoax) and also why people are just so damn mean to each other. It's unfortunately so common to see others making nasty comments that they would probably never ever say normally to anyone if they were face to face with someone. Why do people think social media gives people this special pass?

Concierge Medicine, VW #DieselGate, The Facebook Hoax and Social Media Meanies

Sandy Lyons Rasque from the WELLth Center is back to talk about Concierge Medicine and how it can really help change how you interact with your doctor and receive the medical care you need. 

In addition, we're super upset about the recent VW debacle, (aka #DieselGate) that directly effects Amanda, who just purchased a VW with a TDI engine just two months ago. It's going to be interesting to see what ends up happening with VW in the wake of this big issue. All we know is that it's not good at all. 
Lastly, we've talked about social media often on the show, but this time we're obsessing about the reasons why so many people are not only so quick to believe anything that is posted on social networks (think the Facebook privacy hoax) and also why people are just so damn mean to each other. It's unfortunately so common to see others making nasty comments that they would probably never ever say normally to anyone if they were face to face with someone. Why do people think social media gives people this special pass?