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11/17/14 Hidden In Plain Sight: Twitter is used to make public private information in such a way that it is hidden from anyone who does not know the secret. This was sued to skirt campaign laws in the mid-term elections. Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination. The Twitter accounts were hidden in plain sight. The profiles were publicly available but meaningless without knowledge of how to find them and decode the information, according to a source with knowledge of the activities. The practice is the latest effort in the quest by political operatives to exploit the murky world of campaign finance laws at a time when limits on spending in politics are eroding and regulators are being defanged. The law says that outside groups, such as super PACs and nonprofits, can spend freely on political causes as long as they don't coordinate their plans with campaigns. Sharing costly internal polls in private, for instance, could signal to the campaign committees where to focus precious time and resources. Posting the information on Twitter, which is technically public, could provide a convenient loophole to the law - or could run afoul of it.

Your Facebook account will stop you from getting into college and/or get you thrown out.

Harvard Class of 2021 threw out 10 students who belonged to the Facebook Memes group

The group was formed for more "R-rated" memes of super racist content and made fun of "sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children.
Crimson: "The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics. As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee."

The takeaway hateful expression is not consequence-free. Take ethics seriously, and in every interaction, regardless of medium, to be mindful of the very real people you're talking to and talking about.

The problem is that the "just" framing (just joking, just a meme on the internet, just a new kind of hazing ritual) posits what we describe in our work as a fetishized gaze, one that obscures everything but the joke itself. In highly fetishized examples ranging from the Harambe meme to "classic" memes like Bed Intruder, the potential for symbolic or emotional or, in the case of the no-longer-Harvard students, long-term professional harm tends to fall away. The Yale student's blithe equation of dehumanizing meme groups to hazing rituals provides a further example. College students have died during hazing rituals. The parents of those students will go to their graves still mourning.


Your Facebook Profile Will Effect GETTING A JOB
Your Facebook Profile Can Predict Your Job Performance
It can take as little as 10 minutes for someone to go through your Facebook profile and predict how you'll perform in the workplace. I Journal of Applied Social Psychology, researchers asked a university professor and two students to spend 10 minutes looking through the Facebook profiles of employed college students. They were then asked a series of personality-related questions about those students, like whether they thought the students were dependable or emotionally stable. Six months later, the researchers obtained performance reviews of those students and compared those reviews with the earlier Facebook evaluations. The result: a high correlation between the perceptions drawn from Facebook profiles and their performance at work. In fact, the Facebook evaluations proved to be more accurate than traditional personality tests companies often use to gauge prospective employees. The study's results call into question the sorts of personality tests human-resources (HR) staffs have used to evaluate candidates for years. If a 10-minute assessment is all it takes to determine good workers from poor ones, why wouldn't all employers do that? An estimated 70% of recruiters and HR staffs have turned down candidates after they've found negative information about them from sites like Facebook.
It also focused on positive personality traits that employers would want in an employee, like if he or she is social, curious, has interesting hobbies or a sense of humor. Photos of students going out and partying didn't necessarily hurt them and sometimes even boosted their ratings because it showed that they were extroverted and comfortable in social settings. <MORE>

#Mr. Weiner used Twitter for his e-sexploits
A congressman who in 2007 helped sponsor the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act. "Sadly, the Internet is the predator's venue of choice today," Mr. Weiner said at the time. "We need to update our strategies and our laws to stop these offenders who are a mere click away."
This is the digital-age sin of assuming privacy exists in a medium intended for disclosure, even if the architects of the open Web never imagined a politician letting it all hang out quite like this. As one blogger titled his post, "A Willing Casualty of the Age of Radical Transparency: Why Anthony Weiner Needs to Go."
Mr. Weiner used Twitter for his e-sexploits, which meant that anyone could learn that he was communicating with female college and high-school students, as well as with porn star Ginger Lee. Lying about who posted what is unsustainable in an open medium. All it took for public posting of photos of his private parts was a typo.
Mr. Weiner committed what's called a "DM fail" in Twitter-speak, which happens when someone makes a one-letter typo, using "@" instead of "D," turning a private, direct communication into an open tweet. "I tweeted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message," he explained in his confessional press conference. He also goofed by using a photo-sharing site called yFrog that displays photos in a timeline, so anyone could find them. He blamed a "hacker," later admitting this was a lie, when real hackers are infiltrating accounts at defense contractors, Gmail and Sony.
Traditional media can't get enough. New York's Daily News had page-one headlines "Weiner's Pickle" and "Yeah, I'm a Schmuck." A single day's New York Post had the following headlines: "Fall on Your Sword, Weiner," "Weiner Coached Porn Star to Lie," "Naked Truth," "Sexts Show He's the Kink of Queens," "Down and Very Dirty," "Disgusted Democrats Letting Weiner Shrivel" and "NYers: You'll Never be Mayor 'Crotch.'"

Palin has used personal yahoo e-mail accounts to conduct state business "We shouldn't be in a position where public records have been lost because the governor didn't do what every other state employee knows to do, which is to use an official, secure state e-mail account to conduct state business," McLeod said after the 90-minute hearing.


Alexander Hamilton


At age 16, Maria Lewis married James Reynolds, a former Commissary officer during the American Revolution, and together they had a daughter, Susan. Throughout their marriage, James Reynolds was abusive to Maria and their children, but the two would nonetheless conspire in one of the first American scandals to use the media against a public figure
In 1791, 23-year-old Maria Reynolds approached the married thirty-four-year-old Alexander Hamilton in Philadelphia, requesting his help. Claiming that James Reynolds had abandoned her and her daughter, Maria asked him for enough money to transport them back to New York City, where her family lived. Hamilton consented, and delivered the money in person to Maria later that night. As Hamilton himself later confessed, "I took the bill out of my pocket and gave it to her--Some conversation ensued from which it was quickly apparent that other than pecuniary consolation would be acceptable." The two began an illicit affair that would last at least three years.
Over the course of 1791 and 1792 while the affair took place, James Reynolds was well aware of his wife's unfaithfulness. He continually supported the affair to regularly gain blackmail money from Hamilton. The common practice in the day was for the wronged husband to seek retribution in a pistol duel, but Reynolds, realizing how much Hamilton had to lose if his activity came into public view, again insisted on monetary compensation instead.
Scandal -- Hamilton eventually paid Reynolds more than $1,000 in blackmail over several years to continue sleeping with Maria without his interference. But when Reynolds, being a professional con man, became entangled in a separate scheme involving speculation on unpaid back wages intended for Revolutionary War veterans, he quickly implicated Hamilton, knowing that Hamilton would have to choose between revealing his affair with Maria, or admitting complicity to the much more damning speculation charges. Hamilton chose the former, admitting his sexual indiscretion to Congressional inquirers James Monroe and Frederick Muhlenberg, and even turning over his love letters from Maria to them.
The letters proved Hamilton's innocence in the speculation scandal. In addition, because his confession was made in confidence, Hamilton's involvement with Maria Reynolds was not made public in the wake of the speculation investigation. However, Monroe did tell his close personal friend, Thomas Jefferson, of Hamilton's admission. Jefferson and Hamilton were self-described nemeses, and Jefferson used the knowledge to start rampant rumors about Hamilton's private life. The final straw came in 1797, when

(AKA SOCIAL MEDIA) -- pamphlet publisher -- James Thomson Callender obtained the secret letters and printed them in his newspaper.

Callender, who might be referred to today as a " muckraker," also resurfaced corruption charges against Hamilton in his articles. He would later disclose information (through his newspaper) about Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson. Now Hamilton had no choice but to respond, so he printed his own pamphlet called Observations on Certain Documents in which he denied all charges of corruption. He did not, however, deny his relationship with Maria Reynolds; instead, he openly admitted it and apologized for it.

While his candor was admired, the affair severely damaged Hamilton's reputation. Prior to this, Maria Reynolds had divorced James Reynolds; her attorney in the proceedings was none other than Aaron Burr, who would eventually kill Hamilton in their infamous 1804 duel.