Social Media Matters: Assault victim tweets names of attackers

Social Media MattersSocial Media Matters
By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, July 27, 2012
Metro section

Assault victim tweets names of attackers

Savannah Dietrich, 17, of Kentucky, became very frustrated recently by what she saw as light sentences handed down to two boys who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her in an attack that occurred in August 2011.

Following the assault, the juveniles even posted photos of the incident online.

Out of frustration, Dietrich posted the names of the juveniles online via Twitter after a plea bargain by the boys that got them lighter sentences than they would have received otherwise. Publicizing the names of juveniles is not allowed under Kentucky law due to the confidentiality of juvenile court proceedings. (Publishing the names of juveniles convicted of crimes is generally frowned upon in many jurisdictions.)

The boys’ lawyers threatened to seek to have Dietrich charged with contempt until a huge public outcry occurred. Coincidentally or not, the lawyers backed down soon after the news hit the streets, causing Dietrich to receive a huge amount of public support, including an online petition with more than 60,000 signatures.

Send deodorant anonymously to a friend who smells

DeodorgramsWell, now I’ve heard everything. Know someone you’d like to introduce to a stick of deodorant? We all probably do, but there’s a website out there that will allow you to send deodorant anonymously to the offensively odorous friend.

G.B. Proudfoot’s, a purveyor of natural body care products, carries a line of deodorant called For Pits’ Sake available in lavender, citrus, lime and cloves, as well as unscented. Not only can you buy the deodorant online from the Scottsdale, Arizona-based retailer, but you can send a stick anonymously to someone you know who needs a gentle prod to start using the stuff.

Called a Deodorgram, the deodorant can be sent as a non-anonymous gift or anonymously. According to the website, “For the first time ever, you can send your stinky loved ones a thoughtful ‘Deodorgram.’ This tastefully gift wrapped stick of our hard working For Pits’ Sake Natural Deodorant can be sent anonymously or as a gift. Have one of our messages included with the gift, or choose no message at all.”

Unless you want to write your own, a number of pre-written messages are available to be included in your Deodorgram, including: 1) You’ve always been such a cute little stinker, now you can just be cute and little! Please enjoy this hard working natural deodorant sent to you from a caring friend; and 2) For Pits Sake! Throw out your current deodorant and give this one a try. You deserve a natural deodorant that works!

A Deodorgram isn’t cheap, though. One stick costs US$9.99 plus $5 for shipping — nearly $15 for one stick of deodorant! For easily offended funky-smelling Canadians, however, rest easy because Deodorgrams are only available in the U.S.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature three YouTube channels for you to check out. Have a favourite channel? Let me know about it and I may feature it here! Statistics are current to July 24.

Aaron Collins
Aaron Collins

1) SethCollins (536 subscribers): When 30-year-old Aaron Collins of Lexington, Kentucky, died on July 7, his will stated, among other things, that he wanted his family to leave a large tip to a random waiter or waitress. And this wouldn’t be just $20, either. Aaron wanted a $500 tip to be given.

After Aaron’s brother Seth started a blog about the wish and posted a video of the $500 tip being given to a shocked waitress, money started pouring that would allow them to repeat the surprise week after week. Since then, two videos have been posted and $44,000 has been raised (as of July 18). The two Aaron’s Last Wish videos posted so far have gone viral with the first one garnering nearly 2.2 million views in only one week. A great use of YouTube for good! (Most popular video: Aaron’s Last Wish – A $500 Tip For Pizza – 2,166,782 views.)

Mike Massé and son Noah
Mike Massé and son Noah

2) Mike Massé (22,505 subscribers): On July 5, Mike Massé’s 11-month-old son Noah was diagnosed with a brain tumour. To raise funds for his son’s treatment and to keep the family afloat financially, Massé recorded a cover of The Beatles’ Let It Be and made it available for digital download for a donation. Noah has since had the tumour removed and will be undergoing chemotherapy.

A professional singer by trade, Massé is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His channel boasts more than 80 videos of his various music performances. (Most popular video: Africa (acoustic Toto cover) – Mike Masse and Jeff Hall – 731,721 views.)

And here’s the video of Mike singing Let It Be…

Happy Tree Friends
Giggles from Happy Tree Friends

3) Mondo (1,103,872 subscribers): Mondo is an extremely popular YouTube channel with more than 1.2 billion video views (yes, that’s billion). My favourite playlist is the definitely-not-suitable-for-children Happy Tree Friends, a series of cartoons featuring cute-as-button cheerful characters who suffer incredibly awful deaths in a variety of imaginative and outlandish ways. Remember, these are definitely meant for adults. Don’t be fooled by the cute characters and plunk down your three-year-old in front of the laptop to watch these. The videos are so over the top that you can’t help but snicker. (Most popular Happy Tree Friends video: Mondo Mini Shows Web Originals – Eyes Cold Lemonade (Ep #33) – 44,768,390 views.)

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