FROM Alex Goldman
Podcaster trolls his scammer all the way to India We all get voicemails from scammers trying separate us from our money. One podcast producer didn’t hit delete. He called back repeatedly until he had something close to a friendship with the man trying to scam him.
Reply All: Internet Roundup During the coverage of yesterday’s Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo, a lot of news organizations avoided showing the controversial cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Then conservative commentators took issue, saying those same news organizations have no problem publishing photos that are offensive to Christians. So the Associated Press went into their archives and started pulling photos from decades ago. Did they make the right call? That and more in our weekly Internet roundup.
Journalism v. Trolling With “Reply All” The line between journalism and Internet trolling can get blurry at times. The latest example comes in the wake of Rolling Stone magazine’s flawed UVA rape story. The magazine admitted last week that it shouldn’t have published the account of a woman who says she was gang-raped at a fraternity. While many journalists are using this to point out why reporters must always follow well-established standards, others are exploiting the story to get clicks by any means necessary.
Racism Vigilantes and the Man Who Broke the Internet Racism: it’s bad. And there are people on the Internet who want to put an end to it. That’s good, right? Well, it depends how you go about it. We talk about how one site went awry. Also, the inventor of online pop-up ads apologizes...and more, in our weekly Internet roundup.
Ferguson and the Value of Social Media The stories coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, didn’t only dominate headlines this week. They also dominated our Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, replacing cat pictures with images of angry protestors and burning cars. This is no surprise: Any time a controversial story like this blows up, the debate moves online. But is social media creating a healthy national dialogue or exacerbating divisions?
Bill Cosby’s Twitter Fail and Kim Kardashian’s Win The power of the internet is undeniable: A few tweets can turn a random bag boy into an instant celebrity or destroy a politician’s career. And when brand-names and celebrities try to harness that power, they run the risk of an epic backfire. The latest person to learn that painful lesson is none other than Bill Cosby. We hear about that, how Kim Kardashian is raking in tens of billions of dollars with a free app, and other news from the World Wide Web.
Calling Out Catcallers You’re walking down the street, and someone randomly shouts out that you’re hot. If you’re a guy, you might think that sounds pretty great. But for women who field catcalls every day, it can veer into harassment. And there’s a video making the rounds online that tries to prove that point. In our weekly Internet roundup, we discuss what the video shows and other new web news.
Is the Internet Ever Really Anonymous? Sometimes you need to get something off your chest...but where do you turn? You can’t brag about a new job opportunity of Facebook because your current boss might see it. You can’t tweet about your infidelities because your spouse would see it. So you might turn to Whisper, the app that promises anonymity and encourages you to share your deepest, darkest secrets. The only problem: It might not be as anonymous as advertised. Alex Goldman and P.J. Vogt discuss that and other online news in our weekly Internet roundup.
Drought Tattletale Apps Today in our weekly tech news roundup, we look at new apps that let Southern California neighbors secretly turn each other in to the authorities for wasting water. We also look at Facebook’s new embrace of anonymity, and how Hong Kong protesters avoided the Internet while organizing.
“Yes Means Yes” App California’s new “yes means yes” law for college campuses is an effort to cut down on unwanted sexual aggression by making sure both parties consent to any and all romantic contact. There are disagreements as to how effective the new law may be. But fear not: A new app is here to help. We discuss that and other internet-related news with the guys from the TLDR podcast.
A Hoax Within a Hoax Internet sleuths are still trying to figure out the latest hoax to hit with web. It appears to be a hoax within a hoax involving Emma Watson, 4CHAN, and a letter to President Obama. We talk about that, and how people are being fooled into cooking their iPhones in their microwaves.
The New iOS and the U2 Backlash Today’s a big day for iPhone users: The new operating system, ios 8, is out ready for installation….unless you have an iphone 4s. Some tech experts are saying the new features will make your phone slow down. The gang from the TLDR podcast joins us to talk about that and why a free U2 album made everyone so mad.
The Internet Takes On Domestic Abuse The reaction to the Ray Rice abuse story took many forms on social media: There was outrage and anger, of course, and calls for the firing of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. It also raised a conversation about abuse victims, and why they often decide to stay with their abusers. We talk about that in our weekly web roundup. We also discuss today’s “internet slowdown” activism.
Reddit, Sexting, and Hacked Celebrity Photos One of the only places on the internet providing access to the hacked celebrity nude photos yesterday was Reddit. But the site’s rules say users aren’t allowed to post “personal info”. Aren’t nude photos “personal info”? We take a look at the culture of Reddit, and we discuss whether an “abstinence only” approach to sexting is realistic.
Amazon Gets Twitchy Amazon opened its pocketbook wide this week. It acquired the site Twitch for just under a Billion dollars. Compare that to last year, when Amazon’s Jeff Bezos only paid about a quarter of that for the Washington Post. TLDR ’s Alex Goldman joins us to explain the allure of Twitch and to discuss other news from the world of the internet. Image: Screen capture of a live Twitch stream
Social Media and Terrorism On our weekly internet roundup, the ISIS video showing the beheading of journalist James Foley hit the internet yesterday on YouTube. Social media sites are struggling to keep terrorists from using their services to spread extremist messages and videos. We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery. Thank you https://t.co/jaYQBKVbBF — dick costolo (@dickc) August 20, 2014 Blackout on group that murdered James Foley. Don't share video. Give them nothing. #RespectJamesFoley — mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 20, 2014 you know what I think? And I know how crazy this sounds,but we need an #ISISmediaBlackout . Amputate their reach. Pour water on their flame. — Hend (@LibyaLiberty) August 19, 2014
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.