Author: Sharon Isom

Sharon meets Pokémon Go

Please do not let the title confuse you. I am not new to Pokémon. The very first episode of the Pokémon anime series was released in the United States in September of 1998 – 1 month before my 13th birthday. This, of course, was the first generation of Pokémon that I know and love. I would often watch the show before school while waiting for the school bus to arrive. I had several little plush Pokémon. I would often pretend that I was a Pokémon trainer, off on my own or with a group of fellow Pokémon trainers. Trying...

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Sharon Meets Snapchat

I recently heard the comedian, Bill Simmons, say something along the lines of anyone over 25 that claims to understand Snapchat is lying. I thought, “Yes! That is the truth!”. At least for me anyway. All of my younger friends use it almost daily. However, I could not understand why they could not just text the pictures to their intended recipients.  What made Snapchat so much better, so special? I asked my best friend, Nicole, to explain to me what made Snapchat so awesome and she sent me this list: You get to see my face daily. You can...

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Sharon Meets Skip It (Again)

So, while I still have tons to learn about today’s pop culture, I do look fondly back at pop culture from the late 1980’s to early 2000’s. One of my closest co-workers, talk about it often. Melissa, if you read my articles like you say that you do, you will appreciate this one. The Skip-It was a must have toy in the 1980’s. Its ball and chain design was based on an earlier toy from the 1960’s called the Lemon Twist. The Skip-it was manufactured by the company Tiger Electronics and promoted by Nickelodeon. This toy was typically targeted...

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Sharon meets Hashtags

Hashtags took me a while to figure out. Probably because it took me so long to embrace Twitter. As with most pop culture phenomenon, I had to do some research.  In 2007, former Google developer, Chris Messina, suggested that we used the symbol # in front of a shared phrase to link common topics when using a social media platform. This would allow the topics to be searchable so that all related posts would be easy to find. His suggestion was not received with open arms. In fact, he was ridiculed for it. This began to change later that same year, during...

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Sharon Meets the Friendly Neighborhood Comic Expo

I have lived in Paragould, AR for 26 out of my 30 years on this earth. It is a nice, quiet town with just over 20,000 people. It is slowly growing, however, it is still a pretty boring town. We have a great movie theater, a decent bowling alley, and a community center that has a small water park. That’s it. Nothing else for entertainment. So when I found out that Paragould would be hosting a comic expo, I went through a series of emotions – shock, doubt, amazement, and finally excitement. My level of excitement rose to a...

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