Social Media Matters: Father shoots laptop to teach child lesson

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, March 2, 2012
Metro section

Father shoots laptop to teach child lesson

When Tommy Jordan‘s 15-yearold daughter Hannah posted a message to her Facebook profile complaining about having too many chores to do, her infuriated father took to social media to teach her lesson.

Not only did he publicly scold her in a YouTube video that has now been viewed more than 30 million times since Feb. 8, but he shot several bullets into her laptop while recording the whole thing!

The video has amassed a huge amount of news coverage.

To say the least, the video has elicited mixed feelings, with some applauding Jordan for being tough on his daughter and others bemoaning the waste of a perfectly good laptop, showing concern about using a gun, or saying that he shouldn’t have humiliated his daughter in public like that. Among those critical of Jordan include talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, who disagreed with Jordan’s tactic of embarrassing his daughter publicly.

Jordan’s reasons for creating the video were posted to his YouTube channel: ‘My daughter thought it would be funny/rebellious/cool to post on her Facebook wall just how upset she was and how unfair her life here is; how we work her too hard with chores, never pay her for chores and just in general make her life difficult. ‘She chose to share this with the entire world on Facebook and block her parent’s (sic) from seeing it. Well, umm… she failed. As of the end of this video, she won’t have to worry anymore about posting inappropriate things on Facebook.’

Angelina Jolie’s leg gets its own Twitter account

Angelina Jolie's right leg
Angelina Jolie showing off her now-famous right leg on the red carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards

Oscar silliness abounded this week when a fan of actress Angelina Jolie created a Twitter account for her right leg. During the Oscar telecast, Jolie showed her leg through the slit in her dress, causing ‘Oohs!’ and ‘Aahs!’ among her fans. The account –@AngiesRightLeg – has nearly 50,000 followers with only a few dozen tweets (note: figures updated from original column), none of them clever enough to make it worthwhile following the account, though.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys sure to make you laugh

If you like to laugh and have a somewhat raunchy sense of humour, visit YouTube and search for ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys’.

Mrs. Brown's Boys
Brendan O'Carroll of Mrs. Brown's Boys

The sitcom is produced by BBC Scotland and stars Irish actor Brendan O’Carroll as Agnes Brown (yes, a male actor playing a female character). The show focuses on Agnes – a nosy, blunt, pottymouthed widow – and her family.

If you’re a fan of British farcical comedy, you won’t be able to stop watching. The clip of Agnes giving herself a bikini wax is particularly knee-slapping.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I suggest three YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current as of Feb. 27.

1) rm821976 (478 subscribers): If you like Acadian country music, you’ll really enjoy this channel that has 573 videos (with a total of more than 3.7 million views!) of live performances and soundtracks by mostly Acadian singers, including Hert LeBlanc, Paul Dwayne, Bluegrass Diamonds and Laurie LeBlanc. The channel hasn’t been updated for about a year, but there’s enough here to keep you tapping your toes for a good long time before running out of material. (Most popular video: ‘Laurie LeBlanc – La Pitoune’ – 150,539 views.)

2) Quirkology (41,678 subscribers): Richard Wiseman’s channel is jam-packed with entertaining science-based party stunts, card tricks and other wonders. These are a lot of fun to watch and many of them are suitable for replicating at home – except perhaps for the one where the upside-down glass of water is held over the computer. With more than 26.3 million total video views, this popular channel is sure to keep you busy watching for hours on end! (Most popular video: ‘colour changing card trick’ – 4,826,138 views.)

3) America’s Test Kitchen (subscriber statistics not provided): If you love to cook and haven’t yet discovered America’s Test Kitchen or its companion series Cook’s Country on PBS, then you’ll be in absolute heaven when you check out this YouTube channel. I think America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country are by the far the best cooking shows on television and I never miss an issue of their magazines, either – Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country. These shows feature tips and tricks on how to cook things properly while ending up with results that will have your dinner guests coming back for more! They also feature equipment tests that are honest and forthright. (Most popular video: ‘Equipment Review: Best Coffee Maker’ – 55,548 views.)

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