In 2013 a 30 year old woman decided to tweet before an 11 hour plane ride to South Africa. She decided to tweet things such as, ‘Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!’ and, ‘Weird German Dude: You’re in First Class. It’s 2014. Get some deodorant.’ — Inner monologue as I inhale BO. Thank God for pharmaceuticals.’ Stupidly enough she decided to leave them up during the plane ride not thinking anything of it. That quickly changed once she arrived and saw what she had just started.
What comes with saying such disrespectful tweets come what some can say the best thing in the world, but in this situation it’s the worst, trending number 1 on Twitter. What comes with that are millions of other tweets commenting back to what she had to say. Many finding it all terrible saying stuff like,“How did @JustineSacco get a PR job?! Her level of racist ignorance belongs on Fox News. #AIDS can affect anyone!”. Some finding it funny such as one person saying, Oh man, @JustineSacco is going to have the most painful phone-turning-on moment ever when her plane lands” . Another tweet was from her work. An employee tweeted, “I’m an IAC employee and I don’t want @JustineSacco doing any communications on our behalf ever again. Ever.” And Justine’s the senior director of corporate communications at IAC so that only made it worse for herself. Workers at her jobs threatened to strike any hotel she’d book if she attended. Not only did she bring shame to herself and her career but the family she was visiting also was affected by it. Being that they were National Congress Supporters and longtime activists for racial equality they were disgraced by what he had said. Her aunt said to her, “I’m an IAC employee and I don’t want @JustineSacco doing any communications on our behalf ever again. Ever.”. So without them she lacked the emotional support she needed in that time.
In the situation the Permanence is how no matter if she deleted the tweets and comments (which she did) it was too late. Her leaving it up for hours also doesn’t help either because many have read it so they already know and have probably shared it to others. Like any person knows, once it’s on the internet it stays on the internet permanently especially if it’s something so bold and dumb like what she did.
Just like permanence she lost total control on the situation by not realizing how offensive she was being and not deleting it. Now she has no option but to face that anyone can see it and judge her just by what she posted.
Being No. 1 trending on Twitter brought a lot of power to what she had stated causing more talk and attention to herself.
What I would’ve said to her for advice would be to think before you post. It seems that simple but honestly once you write something out there, even if it was a joke to you can cause a lot of unwanted attention. Once you put it out there thousands of different people with different opinions, cultures, beliefs etc. look at you no matter if you wanted them to or not, I would urge to, even if it’s positive to just stay out of the spotlight when it comes to social media because wrong or right someone will twist your words.
Anorexia is promoted through the Internet.
There are so many outlets for young insecure teens to be exposed to the dark world of anorexia and pedophiles wanting to prey on them. There are “pro-ana” (pro-anorexia) and “pro-mia” (pro-bulimia) websites and social media pages. Pages post “thinspo”, or thinspiration, which are pictures of extremely thin bodies. They post comments saying they could look like those pictures if they try hard enough. They even have adults that would coach them.
Pedophiles are luring young teens on pro-ana websites to target vulnerable teenage girls. The pedophiles acts as a coaches saying they can help them achieve their goal. They tell the teens they need photos of them naked so they can “coach” and encourage them to get thinner. At this point in their lives, the children are most vulnerable and will do whatever to achieve their goal weight. It is relatively easy to catch one of these predators on Whatsapp, Facebook, or Kik which makes it so alarming seeing they are so common.
Regular men are even taking advantage. There is a blog post titled “5 Reasons To Date A Girl With An Eating Disorder.” This is one of the most disturbing things about this subject. Men are celebrating these deadly disorders for their own enjoyment.
Some of these girls and boys are around the ages of 8-12. They aren't old enough to take an advil and these people are taking advantage of this vulnerability of being so young. The exposure is alarming. Any child any age can see these websites and profile pages.
Some young girls leave their information on these websites. If they decide to recover and not live this lifestyle they most likely forget they left all that information out for the public. Any could find them if they left any true information.
Lack of Control:
Most of these conversations happen on temporary accounts that make things hard to track back to a person. This makes it easier for the people trying to mess with these teens to seem untrackable. If they post pictures of these girls on pornographic websites it’s harder for them to be prosecuted.
The world of promoting eating disorders is so large and so unknown. There’s so many girl and boys of all ages on these websites and no one really knows about it because people don’t really search these things. It’s not hard to find, so why isn’t anyone taking care of these sad, depressed, and hurt teens that need help?
Donald Trump’s twitter wars affected him in a negative way because now people feel as though he is not mature enough to have the title as the president of the United States. He has offended people over and over again and has not handled the situation like a presidential candidate. A man like donald trump acts on impulse. Sometimes when he sent those twitter posts, he was acting because he was angry and was not thinking right. He also has tried to take back some of these comments. Permanence played into this because he can never take those posts down and people will remember them for a long time. Lack of control applied to Donald Trump's twitter account because people shared his posts over and over again until they became huge topics in news. This had a big effect on Donald Trump's campaign because his rude and ignorant comments had big impacts on his campaign and is probably going to lead to his loss.
It all started when a math teacher (Carly McKinney) photos were posted to a twitter account. Her name was Carly McKinney, her twitter page which was created by her friend which included inappropriate photos involved with drugs, and nudity. One of her posts read “Naked. Wet. Stoned.” while another read, “Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It's funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot.” Her twitter account consisted of all of half-nude photos. She said that her partner was the one posting all the offending tweets.
Her tweets not only got her fired from her job, but it also affected her life significantly. For example if her students found the photos/tweets of her she would be in huge trouble! She would lose her job and be investigated because of her tweet saying that she was smoking marijuana on school property, but eventually 9NEWS found the tweets and it all went from there. She made her account private instantly.
Lack of control: Everything in this situation was very wrong..but there were some parts that was her fault for going out of control. She told NEWS9 that while taking the pictures she never knew they would get out on social media. And they eventually got out there, she said that she regret taking the pictures, it’s too late now.
Permanence: After being discovered she quickly tried to private her account to save herself from trouble, but it didn’t help. When something is out there in the internet, it is out there forever. Anyone can quickly take a screenshot or make a copy, she did not think about the consequences before taking the pictures.
Immediately: After the pictures and tweets were posted, it was found out immediately, and the news spread like wildfire. At that moment she knew she made a mistake and the backlash was too fast for her to control.
If I were to give her some advice, I would suggest her to not destroy her online reputation with a couple inappropriate pictures. I would also suggest to act more like you are close to your students. Furthermore, I would tell her to act like if her online life was connected to life. I would tell her that her mistakes online can bring consequences on her future.
In different parts in the United States clown threats/sightings have been recently the main story in local news.The clowns have been creating fake social media accounts getting others attention of threatening them of coming to their schools and lots of reports against the clowns been reported.The past week a 13 year-old girl in the Philadelphia area was identified on her social media account of how she made clown threats as a prank but not to harm others,she referred.On Monday,in Virginia a 13 year old was legally arrested of socializing with a clown on social media to kill her teacher.Also,in Texas a 14 year-old was charged for making threats on social media to others.Recently,the police been working on the clown threats by having more security for each school that listed as a threat on the clown pages and tracking down the sightings that was reported.Schools in Connecticut decided to ban all clown costumes or anything that brings terror/threats towards the school for Halloween. Meanwhile,police are still investigating the case upon the clowns.
Based on the clown threats and sightings the clowns are creating terror for others.Resulting to the terror schools are being very strict on how kids dress for Halloween and coming to school.Many parents are creating plans on going out for Halloween and how to avoid encountering a clown.Immediacy played a role in the clown threats and sightings of lots of people getting influenced by the real clowns and following their path that really wasn’t great.Permanence played a role of how the people that are dressing up in the clown costumes permanent records will include their actions of creating a bad affect on the world by how they terrorized lots of people with their threats and encounters on people.Lack of Control played a role of the clowns continuing to terrorize people and not having control to stop,of seeing how many issues they created already.
My advice for the Creepy Clowns is to end the harassing and threats towards others.By ending this others won’t have an problems going places and being worried about clowns being near them.Another solution for the clowns is turning their self into the police and just be off the streets, so no more issues are reported.
Think before you post
Justine who are 14 and she was battling cancer.When she was told her cancer went into admission she had felt like all her problems was behind her.Later,justine started to receive threatening E-mails and they were random.Once her parents had found out they had called the police immediately and the police traced to justine’s “best friend” as a joke.Later that girl was sentenced to counseling and to write justine an apology letter.From this I can say this was a negative story but we can learn from this experience to never cyber bully nobody even if that is your bestfriend or she is your family member.
- 2016-17: 1st Semester