Days of Change

Cyber-freude | February 13, 2015

In the midst of wallowing in my own misery, I read a New York Times article about the victims and perpetrators (and sometimes also victims) of Tweet mobs. The primary victim in the story is Justine Sacco. She tweeted to her handful of followers the remark “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

Sacco was actually visiting family in South Africa, unlike the majority of people who went after her who never left the American continent. It seems that she was making what would be called a “meta” joke, where she was mocking the ignorance of people who think Africa only has Black people and everyone has AIDS. Regardless of her intent, thousands of indignant tweets to her, her employer and websites who take joy in the failings of others got her fired before that plane to Africa touched ground.

Her story is a tough one, and is only a year old. The person who made a story about it on a Gawker site, Sam Biddle, eventually got into a firestorm when he argued to bring back bullying. He eventually apologized for the Sacco story. Another tale in the NYT article is about a tech employee who made a quiet joke to a friend at a conference. A woman nearby tweeted it with his picture. He was fired, then she was fired after a cyber attack demanding her termination took down her employer.

My personal belief is that “Hollywood” and the entertainment industry became enamored with communists who were blacklisted, co-opted by socialist liberals and became the financial base of the Democratic Party. The Democrats were the first to weaponize public outrage. They took down Robert Bork’s Supreme Court nomination because he was too conservative and tried to take down Clarence Thomas. In social media, when political opinions offend them, liberals have resorted to ancient practices of deadly combat to have satisfaction.

Still, I think the harsh tactics have invaded both sides, Conservatives have the luxury of mostly going after big targets because there is so much left-wing paid media out there. When a mob goes after one private person who isn’t paid to tweet and post, it’s an ugly thing. I could see myself losing a job over a smart assed remark, so I try to avoid them at work. I’d hate to know that what I say anywhere could cost my livelihood.

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3 Comments

  1. Good post. We’re living in interesting times.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — February 14, 2015 @ 12:07 am

    • In the Chinese proverb sense?

      The sad thing is that I was just thinking of the Bible verse “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Some of these attackers seriously think they are morally superior.

      Comment by 1539days — February 14, 2015 @ 12:14 am

  2. I’d hate to know that what I say anywhere could cost my livelihood.

    Practical and intelligent, yet a victory for the libfasc gangsters, who have stolen our First Amendment rights.

    Comment by Mary — February 14, 2015 @ 12:46 am


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