18-year-old Facebooker faces 10 years in prison—one of the worst punishment for networking carelessness
‘Approximately one hour after Justin Carter posted a sarcastic comment on a Facebook thread, his life began to unravel.
‘The first reaction occurred behind the scenes, in another country. The 18-year-old Carter had no way of knowing that, while he did grunt work at a drapery shop in San Antonio, a person in Canada saw his comments — posted 60 days after the Sandy Hook school-shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut — freaked out and initiated a 24-hour chain reaction of insanity that would wind up with Carter facing 10 years in prison…’
Americans Are Hungry for Digital Content
But the ‘digital content’ here doesn’t necessarily mean life-improving data
‘The research firm Nielsen released its 2014 U.S. Digital Consumer report, which estimates that Americans now own four digital devices, on average, and spend roughly 60 hours per week consuming content across multiple screens.
‘HDTVs, the most popular digital devices, are now present in 83 percent of American households, up from 67 percent in 2011. In addition, 80 percent of homes have a PC with Internet and 65 percent have at least one smartphone, up from 79 percent and 44 percent, respectively.
64% are social networkers
‘Meanwhile, social media services continue to grow in popularity. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of social media users say they visit sites like Facebook and Twitter at least once a day on their computer and 47 do so on their smartphones…’
How Business are increasingly co-opting Teens’ digital presences
‘Thanks to social media, today’s teens are able to directly interact with their culture — artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and even one another — in ways never before possible. But is that real empowerment? Or do marketers still hold the upper hand? In “Generation Like,” author and FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff (“The Merchants of Cool,” “The Persuaders”) explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media — and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers. Do kids think they’re being used? Do they care? Or does the perceived chance to be the next big star make it all worth it? The film is a powerful examination of the evolving and complicated relationship between teens and the companies that are increasingly working to target them…’
@BarackObama puts words in the president’s mouth
‘You know those terrible parody Twitter accounts for Bill Murray or Will Smith that tweet dumb jokes or odd requests as though they’re from the celebrities themselves? That, in large part, is what @BarackObama has become.
‘As The Wire reported last April, and as many, many people still seem not to realize, the Twitter account that bears President Obama’s name and image is not actually tweeting on behalf of the president. Instead, it’s controlled by Organizing For Action, the 501(c)(4) non-profit that took over the reins of the 2012 Obama campaign’s organizing activity early last year. This is perfectly legal — OFA rents the account from the still-extant campaign infrastructure — but it’s obviously confusing to users…’