Today the Sandy Hook tragedy shocked the world just less than twenty miles from where I write this post, and we’re starting to get a picture of some of the wonderful people whose lives were so tragically taken. One of those people was the Newtown Elementary School’s principal Dawn Hochsprung, an active tweeter on education. Just look at what her tweets revealed about how much she cared. It’s so sad. If you want to help the families, there are various local charities you can donate to which the Huffington Post wrote about earlier.
To anyone who has any doubts about this woman’s commitment to her job (if there are any) look at her tweet below. She loved these kids, and she would have done anything for them. This is the photo which made me cry for her, but the next made me cry for those students.
This was the saddest photo I’ve seen in the entire incident. There are no bleeding children or crying parents. Everyone is jubilent and celebratory, and this is just a few days earlier. It kills me to see the innocence that was disturbed by that horrible man. Just one more connection to social media- I saw the killer’s facebook page earlier today. In this age, anyone can go and analyze things he “likes” and posts, but we still understand nothing more of what causes these people to go on these devastating rampages. My prayers go out to everyone involved.
With 1 billion people on Facebook, and hundreds of millions more on other social networks, sharing has become the most important focus for futuristic web design, and the new technology, called “microcontent” utilized in the new Mashable.com design released today is one awesome major example of what that focus has produced.
Here’s an example of microcontent in use. Say you’re reading a list of the top ten funniest yo mamma jokes and you want to share your favorite with your mom. In the past you would share the whole article with all ten jokes, but with micro-sharing, you can easily share specific lines and areas of the article so that when she clicks on the link on her facebook wall, Twitter feed, etc, she is taken directly to that line, and it’s highlighted.
But even I can’t do this great idea justice… so here’s Pete Cashmore himself, the founder of Mashable, in a video explaining the technology. Sounds cool right? What do you think? Tweet me at @politiguy and include the hashtag “#newtech”.
I’m not making this stuff up. Look at the photo I took. Hamas and Israel are literally threatening each other on Twitter. Terrorists have a Twitter account?
Anyways, they’ve both been sending reports back and forth of how their respective explosives are doing, and what they think of each other. The actual idea is rather humorous, but this is serious and I feel for the millions of people whose lives are at risk right now on both sides through no fault of their own. In the words of some movie, “War is hell”.
It’s incredible how public it has all become. I can’t say I understand it though. I spoke to one former Israeli military communications person recently, and they described the process of deciding to return fire as “a long, multi-step process” which apparently is weighed, pro and con, for days, months, and sometimes years. They are under continued scrutiny, so they’re careful.
That’s one of the reasons that I don’t understand why they would basically live-tweet the whole event via their official military twitter account. They were posting videos, blog posts, and infographics throughout the day. It’s a new strategy, but it’s only one of many examples of how technology is changing the face of warfare. What do you think of this exchange?