Social Media Rant Costs Star His Show

Adam Richman visits the State Fair of Texas 2012

Adam Richman visits the State Fair of Texas 2012 (Photo credit: CynthiaSmoot)

‘”It started when Adam Richman … showing off his 70-pound weight loss, Instagrammed a photo showing off his dramatic loss in weight using the hashtag ‘#thinspiration.'” (Via ABC)

‘That word is most often associated with pro-eating disorder Internet communities, which some of Richman’s followers pointed out to him. (Via Urban Dictionary)

‘And the 40-year-old host fired back with some intense responses. HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell says he went “overboard.”

“‘Grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you. Eat a bag of sh** dummy. The only f*** up it seems was your dad’s choice to go without a condom.’ Whoa.” (Via HLN)

‘Richman has apologized for the rant twice — once on Twitter, a post he’s since deleted.

‘And he released a statement obtained by TMZ: “I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”

‘Richman called his remarks “inexcusable” and wiped his Instagram of all posts. (Via Instagram / @adamrichman)…’

The Facebook Manipulation Study’s Mysterious Connection to the Military
‘On Wednesday, an Army spokesperson told Mashable that someone at Cornell University sent a proposal in 2008 to the U.S. military for funding. Though the Army never funded it, the spokesperson said, that proposal was for the same Facebook emotion-manipulation study of 2012 that has caused so much drama for the social network in 2014. On Thursday, a Cornell spokesman contradicted the Army’s version of events, saying the university never applied for a military grant for this study.

‘Then some news reports noted on Wednesday that one of the authors of the study, Cornell’s Jeffrey Hancock, had received money from the Department of Defense in 2009 for another paper titled “Modeling Discourse and Social Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes,” and that other Cornell researchers had also received funding for a study titled “Tracking Critical-Mass Outbreaks in Social Contagions.”

‘Both of those research efforts were funded by the Minerva Initiative, a Pentagon project to fund social science on strategic issues…’

Adam Richman should’ve just joined this instead of ranting

The Power of #1Connection in Twitter
‘To celebrate Social Media Day on June 30, 2014, Mashable asked our followers on Twitter to engage in #1Connection, an experiment that spanned the entire globe.

‘The aim of #1Connection was to celebrate the unique ability of social media to connect us with people who we would never normally meet, and to help people expand their network by one meaningful connection. By tweeting out the hashtag, users were entered to be matched with a single person who shared their interests. We called this experiment “pen pals for the digital age.”

‘The response was immediate and enthusiastic. As word of #1Connection spread on Twitter, more and more users shared why they wanted to be a part of the movement. By the time we reached our cutoff date, thousands of people had participated…’


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