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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

Ash Wednesday: No Selfies In his jeremiad against the practice, Vanity Fair culture columnist James Wolcott offers the following stupid examples of the electronic form of self-exposure known as the “selfie." It has proved itself again and again to be a tool of the Devil in the wrong, dumb hands, as then congressman Anthony Weiner learned when he shared a selfie of his groin district, driving a stake through a once promising, power-hungry political career. A serial bank robber in Michigan was apprehended after posting a Facebook selfie featuring the gun presumably used in the holdups. A woman in Illinois was arrested after she modeled for a selfie wearing the outfit she had just nicked from a boutique. A pair of meth heads were busted for “abandonment of a corpse” after they partook of a selfie with a pal who had allegedly overdosed on Dilaudid, then uploaded the incriminating evidence to Facebook (Dec 2014). Wolcott sees only one upside in the surge of the selfie: You are dust and unto dust you shall return.

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.

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.

USA TODAY Jerry Mosemak There's no such thing as censorship on Twitter. by Josh Gad, special for USA TODAY Global warming is a hoax. Now, now, now, before you get your recycled panties (undoubtedly made out of a Lays Baked Kale Chip bag) in a bunch, hear me out. I, like many "uninformed" Americans, read article after article claiming that "97% of climate science research conducted by so-called experts agreed that climate change is man made." However, on the fateful night of April 6, in the 13th year of the Lord's 21st century, I received a tweet from DeepCowboyRenegade32, telling me that I was "a f##@$%g idiot. It was a moment of truth. 1) Spellcheck on Twitter does not recognize that "global warning" is not a term 2) Can there possibly be 31 other DeepCowboyRenegades? It turns out that passion outweighs hard fact. We are finally liberated from the shackles of "being informed." Copyright 2013

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 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.

Twitter Statistics: Retweets Ain’t What They Used To Be? Last week I published a post titled “82% of Twitter users have less than 350 followers” on this blog with some juicy statistics generated from our Twitter Counter database. The post got a fair number of retweets (367 in the first 24 hours) and an reasonably amount of unique visitors. The interesting thing however is the amount of traffic we got based on the number of retweets. In the first 24 hours we got 980 unique visitors in total on just that one post. 258 uniques came straight from and we counted another 305 from other Twitter sources such as Hootsuite,, and That means that those 367 retweets generated little more than 560 unique visitors. You might think that those retweets were done by people with only a few followers but that isn’t happening either. A few things might be happening here: Do you have a blog and do you have different experiences with retweets? image by ThinkGeek