Jodi Arias: Twitter, etc

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(source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/11/jodi-arias-reportedly-tweeting-from-behind-bars/)

In 2008, Jodi Arias admitted that she killed her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in self-defense. Some sources report that Alexander was abusive, and that Arias’ crime was not premeditated, while others say the exact reverse. Regardless, Alexander’s corpse was a grisly spectacle when it was found; a shot to the face, with 20 stab wounds, and a slit throat from ear to ear.

Their relationship was actually more of an affair that culminated in extreme jealousy on Arias’ part. Arias apparently converted to Mormonism, Alexander’s faith, but he still broke up with her and dated other women. Friends of Travis Alexander report that Arias took up stalking and slashed his tires.

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(source: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/02/13/arias-sentencing)

The most recent news is that she has finally been declared guilty of first-degree murder. She is currently on suicide watch due to comments she made that displayed her wish for a quick death (death sentence), as opposed to a prolonged one (life imprisonment).

Interestingly enough, Arias is stated to only follow 14 followers on Twitter. Amongst them is famous comedian, Kathy Griffin, who speaks her thoughts on the matter in this video. In the video, Griffin seems somewhat amused/surprised that Arias/her representative is tweeting from the prison.

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Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Eun

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(source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/03/01/state-department-no-position-on-dennis-rodmans-north-korea-trip/)

NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is making headlines, not for anything solely basketball-related, but for diplomacy. On his twitter, he publicly called on Kim Jong Eun to release US citizen Kenneth Bae, who, just last month, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor by the North Korean government.

Here is the tweet…

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(source: https://twitter.com/dennisrodman/status/331826019747127297)

Rodman has been praised for his efforts of fostering a friendly relationship with the young dictator of the often unstable North Korea. Using their mutual love of basketball, they became quick friends when Rodman initially visited during February.

He and Globetrotters Bull Bullard, Buckets Blakes and Moose Weekes made the trip, and spent time in the isolated country. They apparently watched (Rodman)/participated (Globetrotters) in an exhibition match that was held in Pyongyang. Overall, this visit was especially beneficial due to ever-increased tensions between North Korea and the US due to the former’s continuing involvement with its nuclear program.

 

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(source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/sports/basketball/dennis-rodman-meets-north-korean-leader.html)

Rodman is not an official diplomat and also does not consider himself a politician. Still, his amiable relations with North Korea may have a chance at releasing Kenneth Bae. Hopefully Kim Jong Eun will find a means to reply to Rodman’s message.

Charles Ramsey: Hero

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(source: http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/meet-charles-ramsey-local-hero-becomes-internet-sensation)

If you’ve been keeping up with recent happenings, you would know that a dishwasher in Cleveland has become something of a national hero, his name trending across Twitter, his face featuring in T-shirts, his videos going viral, etc. What exactly is the reason for all this attention? His quick actions of rescuing three young women who all went missing years past, has made him an iconic figure.

He and another man (Angel Cordero) reportedly kicked down the door of their neighbor, kidnapper Ariel Castro’s house, and helped the long-thought missing Amanda Berry, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus and Michelle Knight escape. This was due to the actions of Berry, who screamed for help, and luckily Ramsey was there to hear her calls. After the women were safely out of the house and reunited with their families, Castro was promptly arrested.

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(source: http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/56140/charles-ramsey-national-hero/)

Still, while all the internet memes are in good fun and praising the humble, down-to-eath Ramsey, some people actually do mock him for his first TV appearance: where he was disheveled, and spoke in a colorful manner of speech. But ultimately, Ramsey comes from an impoverished area, and criticizing him is pretty much in very bad taste. Most people are charmed by Ramsey’s very passionate, authentic self, and consider him a folk hero on all social media platforms.

But the media seemingly jumped at the chance to conduct more research on the unlikely hero. Recent news shows that Ramsey, himself, is no stranger to criminals. He apparently was arrested a few times in the past for domestic abuse and other misdemeanors. But Ramsey has never declared himself to be a saint, and even his then wife, Rochelle has been defending him, “Ok so for the record ppl do change and you shouldn’t hold the past against someone,” she wrote Wednesday. “The (main) thing is Charles Ramsey did a good deed and those girls are safe is that not the most important thing?”

More and More News on the Boston Bombings

With technology at our disposal, news can be shared at the click of a button. In this case, the seemingly daily updated happenings of the Boston Marathon bombings have been posted all over the web. I have read two articles (and many more), but I suppose I will share my findings of articles 1 and 2, for now.

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(source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/04/26/boston_bombers_carjack_victim_danny_escaped_the_tsarnaev_brothers_at_a_shell.html)

The first article was uploaded two days ago and deals with two friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The young men (Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev) were arrested for visa violations, and originally hail from Kazakhstan. Additionally, they are charged with possibly sheltering Dzhokhar after the bombings. Apparently, according to a recent update, one of them is actually sharing a cell with Dzhokhar.

The second article was also posted two days ago, and recounts the experiences of a carjack victim of the two suspects. A 26-year-old, Chinese immigrant student of Northeastern University, known only as “Danny,” was lucky and quick enough to escape from the vehicle. Danny apparently pulled over his car to answer a text, and his responsible habits were rewarded in a twisted way.

He was carjacked by the marathon suspects, more specifically Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Danny cleverly pretended his English was lacking enough to not understand the brothers clearly. His chance of escape came in the form of a gas station, where one of the brothers stepped out to buy gas, and he grasped his chance. He ran, fearing bullets at his back, but was able to flee just in time. Danny was able to alert the authorities, and his call was able to most likely prevent even more casualties. The brothers’ next target was reported to be Manhattan.

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(source: Anna Silman from http://observer.com/2013/04/new-york-on-heightened-state-of-alert-after-boston-bombings/)

With the internet, specifically news sites and social media sites like Twitter, we instantly are informed of any new developments of literally almost everything. Hopefully we will all be informed of the details of the bombings, which are still a bit shaky and ambiguous. This last link, offers a comprehensive list of the facts about the whole situation.

Online Petition Against Orson Scott Card

I was suddenly reminded of this article after the influx of interest in superhero comics/movies that popular upcoming Marvel Comics titles such as Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World drew in these past weeks. Especially on websites like Tumblr, where users have been furiously posting and reblogging gifs of Tom Hiddleston as Loki with unruly long hair.

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(source: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/notyetamovie/news/?a=74216)

As always, the internet proves itself as a powerful means of communication. For those who are not in any way, comic book aficionados, there has been a huge controversy over the hiring of famous science fiction writer Orson Scott Card, who is conversely “infamous” for his unrelenting opposition of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

It is quite an understatement to say that this is a very delicate issue. A month ago, the backlash from the fans of DC concerning Card’s anti-gay views drove artist, Chris Sprouse, to withdraw his involvement with the project, ultimately putting the the series on hold.

Why is there so much backlash, one would ask? Perhaps it is not merely the opinions of the writer, but the particular superhero he was hired for. Orson Scott Card and other various writers and artists were hired by DC Comics for the new Adventures of Superman series. Superman has long been a figure synonymized with freedom, justice, and “the American Way.” Regardless of whether Card’s views on homosexuality are his own rights, many fans feel that by hiring Card, DC is essentially abandoning its accountability to its fans.

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(source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/enders-games-orson-scott-cards-422456)

Card is known for his highly acclaimed novel, Ender’s Game (which is set to be a future movie this year), but unfortunately, he is more recently recognized for his caustic views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Some store owners are apparently boycotting DC Comics, refusing to stock issues of the Superman series. Even a studio executive for Card’s own film, Ender’s Game, expressed concern that Card’s direct involvement with the film might serve as a detriment to sales. Ouch.

In the aforementioned article, as well as other similar articles chronicling the lengthy, polemical issue, the comments posted by guests and users are equally just as heated. The main debate is that by hiring Card, DC is demonstrating that they support a bigoted, hateful person, consequentially . On the other hand, others say that forcing Card to leave due to his views is extremely hypocritical. The debates range from religion, civil rights, morality, and the list goes on…  

All DC Comics had to say on the matter, “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.”

The petition has currently drawn up about 17,000 signatures from fans.

Documentary against CISPA, SOPA, etc.

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(source: http://act2.freepress.net/sign/cispa/)

Luckily, as of today, the CISPA bill will be shelved (for now, at least). But what exactly is the CISPA bill? CISPA stands for “Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act,” and if passed, would have meant the internet privacy and civil rights of internet users everywhere. The need for cyber security is very important, but restricting the rights of citizens would not have been a wise move by the Senate. Like the equally as controversial SOPA, CISPA was met with a lot of derision and backlash by the large majority of the internet community.

In this recent enough article, an up-and-coming documentary film by the name of “War for Web,” calls attention to the Internet, specifically, the conflict of the aforementioned CISPA and SOPA bills, amongst other similar proposals. The documentary film will also feature 17 comprehensive interviews, most notably, one by the late internet activist, Aaron Swartz (who was charged with violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act).  

Other important figures that were interviewed include “Google’s Vint Cerf, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), former government cybersecurity aide Richard Clarke, and Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo School of Law who’s been talked about as a possible next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.” (McCullagh) “War for Web” writer Michael Woolridge additionally expressed his interests in interviewing “Google’s Vint Cerf, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), former government cybersecurity aide Richard Clarke, and Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo School of Law who’s been talked about as a possible next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,”  an adamant enemy of the past SOPA bill. (McCullaugh)

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(source: http://blog.timesunion.com/schenectady/schenectady-welcome-big-brother/2748/)

Yes, there is no doubt that cybersecurity is an important matter that should not be overlooked or ignored. However, there are other ways of protecting ourselves online besides intrusive bills like SOPA and CISPA, that stir up such rampant disapproval and paranoia by the general masses. The United States is a country that is built upon the principle-the right-of freedom. But the very freedom of the people is at stake, and that is a huge contradiction with out very beliefs.    

Real Madrid Stars and Video Games

If there are two things I love, they are soccer and video games. The following image was what I encountered yesterday on my (news?) feed?/dashboard?, as I finally logged into my Facebook account.

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(source: Kaká’s instagram)

I was quite frankly overjoyed. Pictured here are Real Madrid players (from left to right), Mesut Özil, Kaká, and Sami Khedira. They are all holding Nintendo 3DS XL’s and are happily playing Mario Kart. The same image is posted on other social media sites (either from the players themselves/fan accounts/other websites) like Twitter, Instagram, and others. I am a fan of Real Madrid, but have been admittedly slacking on watching games due to studying for mid terms, which is very unfortunate existence in itself. Seeing this image really brightened my day. I felt indescribable happiness seeing two of my most favorite things combined.

Soccer players playing video-games isn’t a new thing. The FIFA series of video games are very popular amongst gamers, mostly young men. (FIFA video games also allow music artists to reach gamers because their songs are featured in the games as soundtracks.) As a conclusion, professional soccer players (men, ages 19-early 30’s), playing video games is not very surprising at all.

This relates to technology in two ways. First, I would probably not have seen this image if I did not log into Facebook. Ordinarily, this would not be a problem for most. However, I do not tend to use my Facebook account that often, if not sporadically. I guess Facebook is useful for my personal use besides staying in touch with my high school friends. Secondly, these three famous players are promoting the Nintendo 3DS XL and Mario Kart to their followers on their social media accounts.

I find it really fascinating that people can receive news about their favorite stars from across the world. (Technically, these three are on an airplane.) It truly is amazing what we can communicate to each other, what we can share. Especially since soccer is such a popular sport, most images of famous soccer players (or footballers, as they’re known for the Europeans) are cross-posted on basically all social media sites.