Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

How Social Media Has Revolutionized the Drunken Sports Victory Riot

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

There’s rioting in the streets of San Francisco. And no, it’s not excitement about election day.

You can see exactly where people are going nuts.

Earlier tonight, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers to win the World Series (that’s baseball, if you were confused). Afterwards, your typical intoxicated excited sports fans began celebrating in slightly socially unacceptable ways. Nothing too earth-shattering there, especially when you compare it to soccer hooligans.

The craziness in San Francisco, though, has a new social-media component that adds a completely different dimension to raucous behavior: instant self-journalism. You can see photos of what is happening around the city as it occurs, listen to police radio streams, and you can track wherever the crazed action is based on twitter reports. Even better, you can “check into” a riot on Foursquare, a social connections app.

Leave it to San Francisco to incorporate social media into literally everything in the world.

Stanford for Dummies?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Stanford for DummiesTo welcome the spring shopping season, the Stanford Bookstore has added a prominent display of “for Dummies” books near its right entrance. The decision to purchase these volumes and  feature them so conspicuously seems bizarre, given that Stanford possesses some of the nation’s brightest minds and has (supposedly) tried to cut wasteful spending. Particularly ludicrous is the inclusion of Twitter for Dummies…isn’t that the point of Twitter?

The odd assortment leads one to question how much faith the Bookstore managers have in students’ intellects. Perhaps this assumption of ignorance also explains the exorbitant prices they charge for textbooks. Alas, students are not as dumb as they think; many opt to buy their books on Amazon in lieu of getting ripped off.