Behold, the power of social media

The image, faded and torn in places, seemed to have come from someone’s desk — and the fate of both owner and subjects could only be guessed at. So Keefe paged through photos of the deceased, looking for someone from the picture. She repeatedly posted the image to Twitter and Facebook, begging anyone with information to respond.

via How Facebook, Twitter and country star Blake Shelton solved a Sept. 11 mystery 13 years in the making – The Washington Post.

Time’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2014

Now that Twitter is bigger than ever, the unique voices that make the social network so addictive are increasingly important. Choosing TIME’s annual list of the 140 most influential Twitter feeds is never easy, with tens of thousands of contenders, but it’s especially difficult as a greater volume of people, organizations and even bots find innovative ways to stand out.

This list contains a wide range of personalities, all chosen by TIME editors from diverse subjects like politics, sports, culture and technology. It’s by no means comprehensive, and as always, honorees from previous years have been excluded. Scroll through the list of 140 feeds and start following right away. Think we missed something? Let us know by tweeting your opinion using the hashtag #Twitter140.

via Behind the List |

And then this happened on Twitter…

Tyler the Creator and ScHoolboy Q engage in a round of the dozens:


Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues – The Washington Post

Black Twitter is part cultural force, cudgel, entertainment and refuge. It is its own society within Twitter, replete with inside jokes, slang and rules, centered on the interests of young blacks online — almost a quarter of all black Internet users are on Twitter.

There’s no password. The only entry fee is knowledge. If you’ve spent time steeped in black culture, whether at a historically black college or university or in the company of friends or family, you will probably understand the references on Black Twitter.

via Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues – The Washington Post.

The first session of the course has me wanting to begin extended research

Whether we like to admit it or not, the mass media are powerful socialization agents that rely on simplification, distortions of reality, and dramatic symbols and stereotypes to communicate messages from which consumers learn and model many behaviors — both healthy and unhealthy.

– Mary-Lou Galician, “Dis-illusioning” as Discovery: The Research Basis and Media Literacy Applications of Dr. FUN’s Mass Media Love Quiz and Dr. Galician’s Prescriptions” – Critical Thinking About Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Media Literacy Applications (Routledge Communication Series)

Dr. Galician contends that “it is important to study the consequences of the media’s dissemination of unrealistic but normalized portrayals and of the public’s adoption of these portrayals as models.”

Moreover, unrealistic expectations are linked to dissatisfaction in actual coupleship. Unrealistic expectations and stereotypes are held by large numbers of women and men. The societal and personal costs of such dysfunctions are enormous, including not merely unhappiness but also serious emotional harm and physical harm from depression, abuse, and violence.


I agree with Dr. Galician’s theory that unrealistic, mythic and stereotypic portrayals of sex, love, and romance adverseley affect males to the same degree as they affect females. The very basic stereotypes of male and female archetypes are prevalent in all forms of media, including the type I am most active in, social media. I come across images, statements, and observations daily that I take issue with. The battle of the sexes rages daily on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Have I mentioned how excited I am about the content of this course?  I am not sure if we will be covering all the chapters in Critical Thinking, but if we don’t, I know I will be reading them on my own. This book has chapters examining Zora Neale Hurston, Maid in Manhattan, Golden Girls, The Sopranos, The Bachelor, reality television shows, and Valentine’s Day, all in the context of how they portray sex, love and romance.

“Your problem is that you’re looking for a knight-in-shining-armor, but no man in his right man would consider you a damsel-in-distress.”

– from Dr. FUN’s video presentation “What Men & Women Want” (a private video unfortunately, or I’d link it)

Dr Watts, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, said: “People down the ages have always tried to capture and pigeonhole love. The evidence suggests, however, that love is historically and culturally variable. There is no one true or definitive account of love, rather there are a limited and interconnected variety of love stories at work in any particular culture. It’s okay for love to differ across relationships and to change its character with the passage of time – it’s equally acceptable for us to change our views of love as we go along.”

– Nottingham Trent University, Love is…

According to the Nottingham study, I have previously believed in the following types of love: Mutual Trust, Recognition and Support; Hedonistic Love; and Love as Ultimate Connection and Profound Feeling.



ABC Drama Scandal Is Popular Among Black Women – The Root

Deggans continued, “Some have groused about the fact that the black female lead character is also defined in part by an affair with a white, married president. But I think the show has outgrown those concerns as it has matured, allowing veteran black actors Joe Morton and Khandi Alexander to shine as parents to Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope. And the show’s success also hands more power to the most powerful black executive producer/show runner on TV, Shonda Rhimes.

“Ultimately, Scandal’s success is a sign to black viewers that their sensibilities can power a show which is a hit with all audiences. And that’s a powerful message in a fragmented media world.”

via ABC Drama Scandal Is Popular Among Black Women – The Root.

Today’s funny comes from the #BlackTwitterWelcomeManual Trending Topic

Twitter user @BeccaRum (whose account has since been suspended) tweeted about feeling excluded from #BlackTwitter because she is white.

There were some funny responses:

And then this happened:

Followed by a lot of hilarity. I have put together a list of my favorite ones in no particular order:

Take a look at the hash tag on Twitter and find your own favorites.



Why We Should All Fear The Righteous Online Mob – Huffington Post

Today, a tasteless joke could make you a target. Tomorrow, it may be an unpopular, but valid, idea — like taxing soft drinks, or instituting quotas for female board members.

Online vigilantism “is likely to lead to a greater culture of censorship — in particular, the stifling of alternative voices and opinions,” Hardaker wrote in an email. “[W]e find people defending this strategy of intimidating, threatening, and ultimately silencing others as ‘free speech,’ seemingly oblivious to the irony that in doing so, they are actively engaged in censorship.”

Already the denouncers succeed almost immediately in silencing their targets. Closing her social media accounts makes Sacco the rule, not the exception. But the mass vengeance not only muzzles those who’ve done something wrong, it scares others into a kind of submissive silence. Sacco’s experience warns everyone else that there is no tolerance for deviance from the amorphous, but rigidly defended, ethics of the mob. You can say what you please, so long as it pleases the crowd.

via Why We Should All Fear The Righteous Online Mob.

Fake RTs are an act of Twitter terrorism, and Paris Hilton found this out the hard way

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death on Dec. 5, many celebrities famous people tweeted words of respect and condolence. Some reflected on what his life and his work meant to them, and some simply thanked him for his service to the world. We live in a culture obsessed with celebrity, and any time a celebrity tweets, someone, somewhere will find a reason to share said tweet.

A tweet widely circulated yesterday and still making the rounds today (because god forbid anyone verify something for themselves instead of believing everything they see on the internet) is one that was falsely attributed to Paris Hilton.


this is a screenshot of an earlier buzzfeed article on the same topic

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