Melissa Carter

Melissa Carter: Facebook oversharing crosses lines

OK. Enough is enough people. Some of you on Facebook have lost your damn minds. While scrolling on my Facebook feed recently, I saw a picture of an open casket. That’s right, someone decided the perfect time...
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Melissa Carter: Spoiler alert

Melissa Carter

I love the Olympics. As long as I can remember, the Olympics have been a must-watch event for me and my family, and gave momentary inspiration that I too could be an Olympic athlete.

The London Games, however, offer a different challenge than in years passed. I still think I could find a random sport in which to achieve Olympic stardom, but as a spectator I have to decide if I want to find out results ahead of time, or wait until the American television coverage. I find I am choosing the latter.

The London Olympics are considered the first real-time Games, according to Mashable.com. NBC is hosting 3,500 hours of live coverage on nine TV channels, plus online streaming, compared to the 2,200 live hours provided from Beijing in 2008, and the 400 hours shown from Vancouver two years ago.

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Culture club: The year’s biggest LGBT media moments

The year's top media stories

Chaz Bono danced with the stars, Lady Gaga spoke out after a “Little Monster” committed suicide, a gay teen’s video went viral when he defended his two moms to the Iowa legislature, and gay characters went all the way on “Glee.”

LGBT individuals and issues were everywhere in the media this year. Here are some of the biggest moments from social media, television, music, movies and theater.