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HASHTAG THIS #MoralEthicalFail

In 21st Century Culture, TWITTER CULTURE on December 7, 2013 at 5:27 AM

The only happiness technology has proven to bring us all are akin since their appeal holds to our antiquated human condition:


2) FOOTIE (aka “soccer” or “futbol” or football”)

Thus I propose a new hashtag to my dear lovers of the war of words and wit, balls and heads:



Alice’s Bucket List: Hashtag On Twitter, Epic Win

In 21st Century Culture, NEWS AND COMMENTARY, TWITTER CULTURE on June 9, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Within moments of seeing the first message on my stream, the hashtag #AliceBucketList was trending worldwide.

A 15 year old girl with terminal cancer just started a blog on There are only two entries thus far, but what stands out immediately? Her Bucket List.

And guess what’s on it?

…. TO TREND ON TWITTER? Some may argue no, this is not on her “Bucket List,” but by creating the trend, more people are going to see her blog and reading it.


Here she is, Alice Pyne,


Again, within moments, enough people retweeted the link to her blog and the Hashtag, #AliceBucketList, to start it trending worldwide. Behold! Twitter can be used for good. Yes, there are the #Weinergate ‘hashtagging’ species of Twitter users, but the power of this little hash symbol ought not be underestimated.

Alice Pyne helps us see how the communication and message capabilities across a social network platform like Twitter, can be used for good purposes. Despite being separated by geography, user names, and computer screens, we can actually come together and spread a little love and support. Will this really make a difference in someone’s life? Consider the case of Alice and her Bucket List as an example. She makes a difference in our lives.

Cancer is a monster many face but the importance of self-education and cancer awareness, preventative medicine and also, community support, is something every single one of us must face, NOW. Not too many folks know what to do if they are diagnosed. Not too many folks know there are things we can do to help cancer patients. But this new platform for communication has allowed for there to be a forum to access and share information like this, so more people can learn and a difference can be made.

So, to Alice, I want to say thank you.

DEVELOPING, June 9, 2011: 01:50 FROM June 8,2011: 23:45 (EST) from 19:00 (EST)

I find it fascinating that I experienced an ad hominem attack from a random Twitter user who stated in a tweet that I endorse, “Lying by any means.” I do NOT advocate for using a lie to get attention. The question is, within the 140 characters allowed on Twitter, are using “hooks” as they do in marketing and advertising, examples of “lying.” Is this an example of a “False Hook,” and an immoral event on the social network? What do you think?  See the latest from the BBC and David Cameron’s support for Alice’s Bone Marrow Donor Aim

Mining Fantasy, Undermining Reason


In The Halls of Mirror and Marble

October 29, 2010


Remittance Girl has done it again. I follow her on Twitter and read her blog for a reason. If it were not for her, I would never have learned the story of Alexa di Carlo as it unfolded this past week.

Alexa, who, as I understand it, fulfilled many erotic fantasies and had developed quite a following with stories of her sexual escapades over her blog and on Twitter. I had never seen, nor heard or encountered this persona, until this week, when the character of Alexa di Carlo was ripped from the world of virtual fantasy and exposed by someone for who she–or actually, who HE was, in reality. The consequence unleashed a virtual lynch mob. The mirror was shattered. A person was suddenly exposed for pretending to be someone else on the internet. And the people who had become most intoxicated by the fantasy, flew crashing into the cold, hard, immutable marble of our reality. Almost all of Alexa’s followers raged against the injustice of it and took it upon themselves to exhume from the ashes of their fantasy, who this person was in reality. And things became very, very real. By the power of the internet, the right to pretend gave way to the right to expose. A real person’s identity was made public and put on trial by the Court of Virtual Opinion. Each participant gave testimony. But was it a just and fair course of action? Or was it indicative of how we are not so different as the people of our past: prone to mob mentality, emotion, idealism, fantasy and easily undermining reason, when reality becomes cruel in what it reveals. When bad things happen to people, they look for their suffering to be validated somehow. Just because we have all this new technology, does not mean we have caught up to it culturally, psychologically, or socially.

We are still out to hang Sarah Good by her neck. ¹

You, dear reader, have to recognize this, step back and do not give in to reacting immediately with emotion. Do not undermine reason. You and I, all of us, have a choice. In the melee RG and a few other voices, shouted back caveats to those participating in this Virtual Trial. Go read about it.


Had I not seen the story of Alexa di Carlo, I would not have discovered a new key aspect of the dilemma. More specifically, that dilemma involves answering the question of how we are changing, reacting and adapting to the innovations of our day and age? What will history books say about the dawn of the 21st Century in fifty years? In 100 years? Figuring out for myself what it means; this still elusive, most terrifying and most beautiful dynamic of living in the world we do. Understanding what it means; to live in this age of information technology, social media and in a culture where this unprecedented form of instant communication is changing who we are, how we think, so quickly, so dramatically, that while many of us are aware, we cannot get our heads around its consequences.  CONTINUE READING

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People, People, People


There was such a tremendous response to my last post. Had I not been swallowed up today by real life (you know, that habitat beyond the realm of blogs, television, Twitter, and popular entertainment…) I’d immediately write a comprehensive follow-up.

I encourage you all to go and read the comments and responses posted. Why? Because most were very intelligent and the discussion is one I wish to continue.

In the meantime, let us not give in to the temptation and ease of misunderstanding each other. Think before drawing a conclusion. Festine Lente, “Make haste slowly.” Recognize the importance of asking questions and embrace a healthy skepticism. As opposed to engaging for the sake of conflict, try to engage for the sake of learning more about what you may not understand. If we all agreed with each other, then things would be so boring and tedious. The extreme opposite, a polarized battle of disagreement with charges rallied back and forth without substance or continuity, is just as tedious and boring.

For those who wish to be hostile and negative, you are free to be so. I won’t stop you. Neither willing, nor assuming any ability to change immutable human passions, please continue about your business. Since that is your prerogative and mine differs, I ask only for that mutual respect to put as much distance between you and I as possible.

And for those of you who wish to respectfully debate, you are always welcome to come stop by. It is the challenge of communicating clearly in an age of 140 character tweets, text messages and that antiquated form of talking face to face. Miscommunication may as well be the cockroach of our human condition, we are so prone to it. Let’s not allow the immediacy of this day and age perpetuate the ease with which people misconstrue the message. You know the truth in your gut. No one can tell you otherwise or take that away; unless you let them, that is.

Ah this life and all the people, people, people……

YOU CAN’T STOP THE SIGNAL, MAL….   “Firefly” “Serenity” ….Browncoats Forever.


In TWITTER CULTURE on December 7, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Remember Old Twitter? I do.

December 4, 2011

*** UPDATE ***

If you will note the date of this post, you’ll see how the topic was active in November of 2009. Since then, we continue to see and experience the evolution of social media and online networking. By the same token, we are actively learning how the hashtag works and its various uses — whether consciously, or whether by chance, rapidly developed by users of social networks — Hashtaggers are pioneering how its application enables writers, journalists, scholars, artists, and others with an ability for exploring and sharing their work. The impetus for this blog post was the hypothesis for why the mechanics of a hashtag function to create new forms shaping the digital landscape.  Observing its nature over these past 24 months, evidence confirming my theory  holds strongly enough to warrant a follow-up to this article. Hashtaggers instinctively pioneering the form and function of communications online, specifically on social networks like Twitter and Tumblr, are providing the genesis for the productive application of this new technology. Therefore, it remains paramount for those of us studying and researching the hashtag, to record how it is changing and evolving, providing credit where credit is due, what works and what does not, why a user heralds an effective hashtag or how a user manipulates one.  

If you are interested in participating in the follow-up article, let me know by proving a comment in the comments section. As before, I will post a number of questions for people to answer, including the original survey used for the piece below. I look forward to hearing from some of the original participants and from those who find this phenomena as fascinating as many of us do.

— Kimberly Cox, New York City

Copyright 2009 – 2011, All Rights Reserved



November 7, 2009

Hashtag games are played on Twitter every day, around the clock and all over the world. There are always at least one or two “Trending” (the Twitter system tracks the most frequently discussed topics using key word algorithms that search the system and isolate the most frequently entered words and phrases) and at all times, users will see a few people they are following engaged in a game.

Interesting to note how one subjective experience parallels the experiences of other users. Specifically, those who filled out the survey all together shared similarities in the approach to understanding and explaining the function of Twitter. Many thanks to those generous individuals (you know who you are) who participated.

I learn “by doing” on Twitter and that involves observation and trial by error. Fellow users provide the most valuable resource for education by actively demonstrating the etiquette, function and various utilities. Direct and indirect association with Twitter’s diverse population of users yields the individual’s education. The method practiced by many allows for the freedom of independent exploration. The flexibility encourages all users to sample a very large variety of machinations. Subjective experience then determines the user’s ensuing activity and also, role in a community.

The ecosystem of Twitter depends on the hashtag much in the same way the Chesapeake Bay and Hudson River depend on their watersheds and marsh lands. The rainwater and topographical run-off would otherwise go unfiltered and  overwhelm. Instead, the watershed and marsh balance the distribution of rainwater and run-off evenly. The hashtag, in turn, filters the Twitter feed, distributing a collective order across the system.

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