How technology disrupted. One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story.
The prime minister, David Cameron, had committed an “obscene act with a dead pig’s head”, according to the Daily Mail. “A distinguished Oxford contemporary claims Cameron once took part in an outrageous initiation ceremony at a Piers Gaveston event, involving a dead pig,” the paper reported. Piers Gaveston is the name of a riotous Oxford university dining society; the authors of the story claimed their source was an MP, who said he had seen photographic evidence: “His extraordinary suggestion is that the future PM inserted a private part of his anatomy into the animal.” The story, extracted from a new biography of Cameron, sparked an immediate furore. It was gross, it was a great opportunity to humiliate an elitist prime minister, and many felt it rang true for a former member of the notorious Bullingdon Club. Then, after a full day of online merriment, something shocking happened.
Does the truth matter any more? Silent Discos Let You Dance to Your Own Beat. Just after sunset on a recent Friday night, what looked like a silent flash mob or a mass game of charades was taking place in a cordoned-off cobblestone square in the South Street Seaport: some 300 people dancing wildly, sans music.
Or so it seemed. There were actually three D.J.s dueling for the crowd’s attention, but their tunes could be heard only through wireless headphones, which glowed red, blue or green depending on which channel the reveler chose. How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life. Photo As she made the long journey from New York to South Africa, to visit family during the holidays in 2013, Justine Sacco, 30 years old and the senior director of corporate communications at IAC, began tweeting acerbic little jokes about the indignities of travel.
There was one about a fellow passenger on the flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport: “ ‘Weird German Dude: You’re in First Class. It’s 2014. Then, during her layover at Heathrow: “Chilly — cucumber sandwiches — bad teeth. And on Dec. 20, before the final leg of her trip to Cape Town: “Going to Africa. She chuckled to herself as she pressed send on this last one, then wandered around Heathrow’s international terminal for half an hour, sporadically checking her phone. Sacco boarded the plane. Then another text: “You need to call me immediately.” Sacco’s Twitter feed had become a horror show. A Twitter user did indeed go to the airport to tweet her arrival. In the early days of Twitter, I was a keen shamer. One in five teachers abused online by parents and pupils, survey says. One in five teachers have received abuse aimed at them on social media and online forums from parents and pupils – some as young as seven – a survey by the NASUWT union has found.
One teacher about to go on maternity leave was told online by a parent: "My son will fail now because of you. "Another discovered a Facebook page set up by a pupil claiming the teacher wanted to kill him. One pupil told a teacher via Twitter: "You are a paedo and your daughter is a whore. " About 7,500 teachers responded to a survey on the use of technology conducted by the NASUWT, which is holding its annual conference in Birmingham. A majority of teachers who received online abuse did not report it to their employers or police, in many cases because they did not think it would be taken seriously.
Of teachers who did report abuse to school management, 40% said no action was taken against pupils and 55% said no action was taken against parents. Student convinced family she was on trip around Asia - despite never leaving her bedroom. Zilla leaving before and after[Caters ] After waving goodbye to her family at the airport, Zilla Van Den Born, 25, went to extraordinary lengths to fool her friends into thinking she was travelling through Thailand, Cambodia and Laos by mocking up photographs of exotic food and tourist attractions.
Little did they know Ms Van Den Born, from Amsterdam, was actually sat on her sofa. To carry out her ruse, she had faked Skype calls to her parents under Christmas lights and a Thai umbrella, while also sending texts in the middle of the night to add to her credibility. Zilla in her set up cafe on Skype [Caters ] My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality.
The backpack of lies was all part of her university graduation project, to show how social media does not always reflect reality. She said: "My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality. "I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media. "