High School senior was given detention for swearing on Twitter

High School senior was given detention for swearing on Twitter

Nick Barbieri, a senior at North Attleboro High School, was given detention for swearing in a tweet. His assistant principal, he said, also threatened to suspend him if he didn’t delete tweets explaining that he had been asked to delete the offending tweet. But Barbieri already had tens of thousands of followers on Twitter from [...]

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The trouble with political parody

For such a small state, Rhode Island has a plethora of parody political accounts on Twitter. There’s Fake Anthony Gemma, Fake Brendan Doherty, Fake Gina Raimondo, Fake Ted Nesi, Fake RI GOP, Fake Angel Taveras, Fake Lincoln Chafee, and Rep. Scott Guthrie’s mustache. And those are the ones I could find in two minutes. Thankfully, [...]

Live tweeting Deborah Gist’s contract debate

Live tweeting Deborah Gist’s contract debate

I’m not entirely certain if this was either ethical or legal to do, but I live tweeted the contract negotiations between the Board of Education and Deborah Gist last night. Well, just the body language of it actually. The Board and Gist had a very animated hour-and-a-half debate last night in executive session, which can [...]

Bill Rappleye, Stephanie Mandeville DaSilva and Bill Fischer are engrossed in the campaign via their smart phones. (Photo by Bob Plain)

This Just In: Media Can’t Steal From Social Networks

In what Reuters calls “one of the first big tests of intellectual property law involving social media” a judge has ruled that news organizations can’t freely use photos posted to Twitter. Reuters reports: “Agence France-Presse and The Washington Post infringed on the copyrights of photographer Daniel Morel in using pictures he took in the aftermath [...]

Twitter in Politics; Cicilline Responds to Tweets Today

Twitter in Politics; Cicilline Responds to Tweets Today

There’s no deficit of copy dedicated to how Twitter is changing politics, such as this New York Times story from Sunday about how the micro-blogging social network platform has spawned “a revolution of sorts” in Saudi Arabia. Twitter helped me to point out to WPRO morning host Andrew Gobeil that he neglected to mention the [...]

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Olympic #Twidiocy

NBC has rightly earned some ink deriding its coverage of the Olympics so far (even as it breaks viewing records). But people on Twitter have been the fiercest critics of the National Broadcasting Company, attacking it again and again as the network stumbles to walk a fine line between pleasing their advertisers and dealing with [...]

Downtown Providence from the Providence River. (Photo by Bob Plain)

Progress Report: Plastic Bag Ban in Barrington; Projo on Gemma, Social Networking, GoLocal Goes for Local Sports

When the American autopsy is finalized, it could turn out that the little things finally nail our culture’s coffin shut. Mr. Coffee machines, ATM cards, electric can openers and plastic grocery bags are potentially far more nefarious than factory farming, too big too fail banks, food-borne illness and the mountains of non-biodegradable garbage we’ve created. [...]

Politico Shows Why RI Future Matters

Politico Shows Why RI Future Matters

So, Politico’s Steve Friess published a story today about a phenomenon about the Gemma campaign I pointed out on March 20th. I’ve sworn off on saying anything more about Mr. Gemma, I’ll let other writers for RI Future and the rest of Rhode Island’s chattering class cover it I also want to take the time [...]

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7 People Gemma Is More Popular Than On Twitter

I hesitate to spend any more time on Anthony Gemma. I think we know his story; plumbing business, runs for Congress like he’s running for Governor, good breast cancer foundation, bad candidate virtually self-financed, surrounded by a diverse team of folks. But then I see this from WPRI’s Ted Nesi: Anthony Gemma’s new twitter feed [...]

Follow Netroots Nation on Twitter

Follow Netroots Nation on Twitter

If you can’t be at all the action for Netroots Nation 2012 in Providence later this week, you can at least follow along on Twitter. We’ve embedded a widget below that will pick up anyone using the official Netroots hashtag for this year’s conference: #NN12

Tweets from the speech

Tweets from the speech

It was a first for Providence. The mayor’s office live tweeted Angel Taveras’ State of the City speech last night. To mark the occasion, I collected some of the more interesting tweets from the speech, both from the mayor and some of the people who were following along at home and in the audience. View [...]

Philadelphia-based Feminist Media Activist Group Led By Providence Native, Nuala Cabral, Launches Campaign Supporting Ethnic Studies in Arizona

Click here to check out my recent interview with Nuala Cabral and Denice Frohman of FAAN Mail, a Philadelphia-based media activist group that has launched a social media campaign (on Twitter, primarily, #WishiLearnedinHS), “Wished I Learned in High School,” in response to policies in Arizona restricting ethnic studies programs. Cabral is graduate of Moses Brown [...]