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How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life
Sacco’s Twitter feed had become a horror show. “In light of @Justine-Sacco disgusting racist tweet, I’m donating to @care today” and “How did @JustineSacco get a PR job?! Her level of racist ignorance belongs on Fox News. #AIDS can affect anyone!” and “I’m an IAC employee and I don’t want @JustineSacco doing any communications on our behalf ever again. Ever.” The furor over Sacco’s tweet had become not just an ideological crusade against her perceived bigotry but also a form of idle entertainment. A Twitter user did indeed go to the airport to tweet her arrival. By the time Sacco had touched down, tens of thousands of angry tweets had been sent in response to her joke. Photo In the early days of Twitter, I was a keen shamer. I was among the first people to alert social media. Still, in those early days, the collective fury felt righteous, powerful and effective. Four weeks later, Stone and Jamie were out celebrating Jamie’s birthday when their phones started vibrating repeatedly. Related:  GP SECOND YEARJournalismdigital world

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life In the early days of Twitter, I was a keen shamer. When newspaper columnists made racist or homophobic statements, I joined the pile-on. Sometimes I led it. The journalist A. A. Gill once wrote a column about shooting a baboon on safari in Tanzania: “I’m told they can be tricky to shoot. I was among the first people to alert social media. Still, in those early days, the collective fury felt righteous, powerful and effective. Eventually I started to wonder about the recipients of our shamings, the real humans who were the virtual targets of these campaigns. One person I met was Lindsey Stone, a 32-year-old Massachusetts woman who posed for a photograph while mocking a sign at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns. Four weeks later, Stone and Jamie were out celebrating Jamie’s birthday when their phones started vibrating repeatedly.

The Economist explains: What disruptive innovation means EVERY so often a management idea escapes from the pages of the Harvard Business Review and becomes part of the zeitgeist. In the 1990s it was “re-engineering”. Today it is “disruptive innovation”. TechCrunch, a technology-news website, holds an annual “festival of disruption”. CNBC, a cable-news channel, produces an annual “disruptor list” of the most disruptive companies. The theory of disruptive innovation was invented by Clayton Christensen, of Harvard Business School, in his book “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. The “innovator’s dilemma” is the difficult choice an established company faces when it has to choose between holding onto an existing market by doing the same thing a bit better, or capturing new markets by embracing new technologies and adopting new business models. Partly because of disruptive innovation, the average job tenure for the CEO of a Fortune 500 company has halved from ten years in 2000 to less than five years today.

Comment les chiottes d’Internet ont perdu leur administrateur historique Cet administrateur, Christopher Poole, qui vient d'annoncer qu'il quittait 4Chan, a changé Internet malgré lui. Moot, Christopher Poole à l’état civil, n’a que 25 ou 26 ans. Premier signe de sa singularité, sur sa fiche Wikipédia en anglais, sa date de naissance est «circa 1988». Circa ou pas, on peut sans difficulté le qualifier de jeune. Et pourtant, il est déjà un patriarche d’Internet. L’histoire commence en 2003, Christopher Poole a 15 ans. 42.176.061.890 pages vues,1.771.091.423 posts1.071.189.182 visiteurs620.125.147 pages vues par mois21.128.887 pages vues par jour 20.360.487 visiteurs par mois1.223.807 visiteurs par jour 2.838 Terabytes par mois105 Volontaires63 Boards1 Administrateur (lui) Pourquoi un tel succès? Résumer 4chan est une mission délicate. Mais on leur doit aussi pédobear, un mignon ours dont ils avaient fait le symbole de la pédophilie. Ce parti pris explique que 4chan soit considéré comme les chiottes de l’Internet, capable du pire et du meilleur. Le divorce

The Story of a Tweet When you follow people, their Tweets instantly show up in your timeline. Similarly, your Tweets show up in your followers' timelines. To see interesting Tweets, follow interesting people: friends, celebrities, news sources, or anyone whose Tweets you enjoy. Learn the lingo Compose Write a Tweet, post a photo, or share a video. Notifications See when someone retweets or favorites one of your Tweets, replies to you, or mentions you. Messages Have private conversations with your followers. Me Access your profile, lists, followers, and the people you follow. Follow Quickly follow people by adding their usernames.

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.

8 things Americans can learn from Argentines 1. How to embrace people that aren’t just like you. In Argentina, diversity is embraced. Gays? As for foreigners, when taking a taxi in Buenos Aires they better be prepared for the driver’s enthusiastic, never-ending interrogation about their country. 2. I’m in no way saying that people from the States don’t care about family. 3. How an economically messed-up country with extreme amounts of bureaucracy and political clusterfucks can figure out how to offer free university education and medical care to all of its citizens, when the US can’t get its act together even in the slightest in this regard, is beyond me. 4. You crashed your car? 5. Storefront signs I have actually seen since living in Argentina: “We open when we open, we close when we close, and if you come and we aren’t open, it wasn’t meant to be.” 6. Financial crisis? 7. None of this handshaking or pat on the back crap here. Upon return to the US, you might be surprised to realize that it’s one of the things you miss most. 8.

HUGE SPY PROGRAM EXPOSED: NSA has hidden software in hard drives around the world - Business Insider Avec Twitter, la Terreur est de retour ” Comment faire tenir cinq millions de juifs dans une Fiat 600 ? Dans le cendrier. ” Pour ce tweet, posté en 2011, Guillermo Zappata, fraîchement promu conseiller à la culture et aux sports par la nouvelle maire de Madrid, a été congédié suite à une intense campagne menée sur les réseaux sociaux l’accusant d’antisémitisme aggravé. J’ignore tout de ce Zappata. Pour sa défense, il a tenu à préciser : ”J’ai toujours aimé l’humour noir et cruel car je considère comme une expression saine de se moquer des horreurs commises par nous autres êtres humains ” J’insiste : je ne sais rien de ce monsieur, de son parcours, de ses prises de position, de son engagement idéologique si ce n’est qu’il se trouve appartenir au mouvement des Indignés espagnols, j’ignore s’il était coutumier de ce genre de réparties ou pas, s’il s’était déjà illustré dans le passé par des propos similaires. En tant que Juif, je ne me sens ni sali, ni attaqué par une pareille répartie. Et évidement elle l’a obtenue. Effrayant, non ?

Why don't my tweets show up in any hashtag feeds? 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.

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