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[liberationtech] liberationtech Digest, Vol 115, Issue 3

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Wed Aug 1 16:43:08 PDT 2012

Again...if it's not fair game, then Twitter ought to change the wording of
its rules to reflect that.

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:37 PM, Catherine Fitzpatrick
<catfitz at>wrote:

>   ------------------------------
> *From:* "liberationtech-request at" <
> liberationtech-request at>
> *To:* liberationtech at
> **
>   1. Re: Independent UK Critic of NBC has Twitter account
>       suspended after network complains
> All of this endless literalist parsing of whether you can or cannot find
> the NBC executive's
> email easily through Google or not is losing sight of the bigger picture
> of why Twitter or any
> social media platform would have a policy about not publicizing personal
> information -- *so
> as not to subject people to harassment*. THAT is the point. We all realize
> that if you
> dredge through Google using tricks like trying variations of a person's
> name and their known
> company domain, you can likely hit on their email, or it might show up in
> a conference list or
> something in search and technically "be there". So what?
> The point is, this email was *not* put on a public web page for the public
> to contact with complaints.
> So it's not fair game. Adams is behaving like a common Anonymous script
> kiddie trying to incite
> "The Internet" to flashmob this executive he believes responsible for a
> policy he doesn't like (remember
> when Anonymous went after A&T executives like that when they thought AT&T
> was responsible for
> taking 4chan down?)
> That's just infantile. There's no need to harass somebody in person or
> even crash their mail server --
> there are other avenues such as petition-writing or contacting the
> customer service public-facing
> officials.
> There's that -- and then there's the entitlement-happy craze for instant
> on-demand Internet entertainment
> without regard for how companies are supposed to make money. If NBC delays
> their airing of sports
> until prime time, it's because they can sell ads better that way. What's
> the plan for them making money
> off a live Internet stream? Most Internet ads don't make return as
> broadcast media ads -- it's a real problem
> for how the media will survive. The notion that "loads of people show up
> at prime time anyway" or "only
> some geeks know how to tunnel with VPN" just aren't valid arguments -- if
> people show up anyway, it
> may not be for long once the means of circumvention spread, and it isn't
> just a few people anyway. Indeed,
> people like Adams think they can organize crowds by inciting Twitter.
> Finally, there's the question of journalism. Since when does a journalist
> also get to consider himself a
> professional, and also incite flashmob protests on the Internet? Oh, since
> social media made it "ok"
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