Barbara Ortutay

For Barbara Ortutay's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

Aug 24, 2014

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, “a little uncomfortable.” “I just have a vague ...

Websites try to fight nasty comments, anonymity

Dec 27, 2013

Websites try to fight nasty comments, anonymity

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: a recipe for the worst online comments. Blame anonymity, blame politicians, blame human nature. But a growing number of websites ...

Super Mario endures as games come and go

Nov 26, 2009

Super Mario endures as games come and go

NEW YORK — You might call him the Mickey Mouse of video games. He’s reminiscent of a doughnut, round and sweet and comforting. He’s also a vessel, devoid of a real personality so you can live vicariously through him. Mario, the pot-bellied Italian plumber ...