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Ravens Player Gets So Good at Twitter That He Quits It

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 17, 2014 9:15am

As any internet addict out there could tell you, it’s easy to get compulsive about your social media consumption. Those endlessly scrolling feeds, those little blasts of inane information… it’s soothing and pleasurable all at the same time. So I can relate to Ravens receiver Steve Smith, who announced this week that he was quitting his very popular Twitter feed.

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Featured, Lifeline, Whit's End

Dad Desperate to Stop Cyber Bullying of Daughter

6 Written by: | Friday, Jan 17, 2014 11:55am

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Photo via dosomething.org

Dear Whit:

I hope you can help us with this problem because we don’t know what to do. My daughter is being bullied by a group of girls who shun her at school and post cruel messages on social media at night. It’s so bad that she doesn’t even want to go to school. As I’m sure you can imagine, this is upsetting to us and ruins school as well as out-of-school activities for our daughter. This whole situation has me angry and confused. How do you think my wife and I should deal with it?

Mad Dad

Dear Mad:

In this brave new world of cyber-space, you will encounter people who are nothing close to brave. You and your daughter probably feel helpless against this Lord of the Flies brand of senseless, gratuitous, and cowardly cruelty. However, you have recourse that could prove effective in stopping the e-bullying and shunning of your daughter, especially because of the cyber component. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Raven Accused of Homophobic Slur; Takes on Gossip Websites

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 10:21am

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Now that the Ravens are out of playoff contention, what’s a bored football player to do? Post on social media, apparently — and get in trouble for it.

Last week, Ravens wide receiver (and cute dad-to-be/intern) posted a photo to Instagram of a guy wearing pink flowery socks. But it was his caption that caused the controversy: “Look at this queen.” TMZ called it “gay hatred” and a “homophobic slur.” Smith responded by going on the offensive:

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Featured, Schools

University of Maryland Spent $3,000 for Good PR on Facebook

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 08, 2013 10:28am

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Last year, when the University of Maryland announced its move to the Big Ten, many comments online were negative. Grantland called it “big, dumb, [and] greedy,” and more than half of ESPN readers opposed the move. To combat the bad feeling in the air, the Baltimore Sun revealed this week, UM hired a consulting firm to help “correct any ‘inaccuracies’ appearing on websites” as the Big 10 move was announced.
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Featured, Money & Power

Howard Co. Firefighter Terminated for (Technically) Saying He Wanted to Kill a Liberal on Facebook

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 8:15am

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The suddenly unemployed is Kevin P. Buker, recently a battalion chief with Howard County Fire & Rescue. Here’s what he posted to his Facebook timeline back in January (while working a 24-hour shift, no less):

“My aide had an outstanding idea …. Let’s kill someone with a liberal … then maybe we can get them outlawed too! Think of the satisfaction of beating a liberal with another liberal … its almost poetic….”

Then one of Buker’s Facebook friends commented on the status, giving the joke a vaguely racist twist. Then Buker “liked” the comment and responded with an “Lmfao!” Read More →

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Baltimore Police Can’t Decide If Twitter Is a Good Idea or Not

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 10:00am

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Yesterday, the Baltimore Police Department announced a new policy: it would  dial down its use of social media, no longer using Twitter to inform the public of “criminal-on-criminal” violence. Which, okay, fine: tweeting about shootings to BPD’s 40,000 followers doesn’t particularly help the city’s image problem. But there was just one big problem with this plan…
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Featured, Schools

Online Creep Preying on Local Private School Students

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 10:00am

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It started with two students at St. Paul’s School for Girls being sent sexually explicit material through a social networking site. Then Bel Air’s John Carroll School notified parents that the same creep had contacted two of its (female) students. And now we’re hearing reports that (male) students at The Gilman School have been contacted by the same person.
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Social Media Wins at Baltimore Train Derailment & Explosion Coverage

0 Written by: | Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:47am

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By now, you’ve presumably heard — yesterday afternoon, a garbage truck collided with a cargo train near White Marsh yesterday afternoon, causing a dramatic derailment, sending a giant plume of smoke into the air, and requiring the efforts of “more than 60 pieces of fire apparatus,” according to the Baltimore Police Department. Thankfully, no one was killed (though the truck driver is in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma). What struck me about this particular accident, though, was how much social media has changed our relationship with breaking news.

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Schools

The Internet Isn’t Just for Bullies Anymore: The Compliment Project

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 10:00am

If you had to come with the polar opposite of bullying, this would be it:  students at Johns Hopkins have launched a new project “to spread joy within the Hopkins community” by anonymously paying compliments to one another. Yes, the newest internet trend is being – gasp! — anonymously nice.
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Culture

These Hilarious Twitter Feeds Exploit The Strangeness of Web 2.0 — But in a Good Way

1 Written by: | Monday, Dec 10, 2012 2:35pm

Even more so than Facebook, Twitter can feel like the Web 2.0 version of a police scanner — not so much a conversion as a blitz of brief, unrelated broadcasts. And often it seems there’s more noise than signal. But there are some, like the person who collected every racist Hunger Games tweet in a blog, who have found ways to exploit the Twitter’s eminent indexability to create funny conceptual projects.

Here are three worth checking out, via the Washington Post: Read More →

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