Yesterday, Bill Cosby, or Billy Cosby’s PR team, created and posted a Cosby Meme Generator to the star’s website and then tweeted the following request: “Meme me! #CosbyMeme” And oh, did they, but not in the way the “Cosby Show” star and Jell-O spokesman expected. (Here are some examples of what they did expect — YAWN.) But maybe they should have anticipated that people would use the meme generator to draw attention to the more than a dozen women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault or rape over the years. After all, just last week, Queen Latifah canceled an interview with Cosby that was due to air on her talk show because of renewed interest in those allegations. Whoops! Here are just 10 examples of the internet blasting Cosby as a sexual predator using his own meme generator (which has since been taken down off the site, of course). [The Verge] Keep reading »
Writer Tauriq Moosa tweeted out a link to a conversation he’d had about PS4 specs and firmware versus XBox One on a gaming web site, saying, “at least this is back to boring console dick measurements — not yelling about women.” A follower tweeted back to him wondering what it would look like if #GamerGate had happened to the publishing industry, and from there #ReaderGate was spawned and hilarity ensued. Keep reading »
There’s a new app out called Samaritans Radar, offered by UK mental health charity Samaritans, that allows users to sign up to have their friends’ Twitter accounts monitored for words and phrases like “suicide,” “tired of being alone,” “hate myself, “depressed,” and “help me.” The app then sends the user a notification so that they can respond to their friend.
It’s a really, really nice idea at heart. But it’s flawed, and people are speaking out about it. The basic problem is this, as this blogger who has Lupus and deals with mental health issues points out:
You might also be thinking “What’s the big deal; they’d see your Tweets if they follow you anyway.” It’s the idea of being monitored by strangers for what they perceive as signs of suicidal ideation, who are then prompted by an app on what steps to take.
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