HIST 105 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Witness Tampering, Hate Crime Laws In The United States, Webcam

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Case study no. 2: High school and University, sites of community or violence?
the extremes in the ways people talk about social media, as either fostering community, authenticity and connection , or
destroying them in the ugliest of ways
how social media actually shapes our interactions, in the sense that it makes some things possible while making other things
harder or impossible
Questions
on Michael Wesch video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09gR6VPVrpw
do you agree that the basic pursuit of many YouTubers is a search for authenticity? what does that mean?
can you think of recent examples from in which anonymity has led to hatred? freedom?
is connection without constraint really possible?
The Story of a Suicide - The New Yorker
by Ian Parker
Dhuran Ravi bullied a person, Tyler Clementi
Tyler was a student outed as gay on the internet — and eventually committed suicide
his roommate allegedly streamed videos of him having sex with a man
he killed himself the next day
he posted “Jumping o the gw bridge sorry” on Facebook 10mins before he died
Dhuran Ravi and Molly Wei were the cause of this.
Dhuran being the roommate
and Molly had a room on the same corridor
On the evening of Sunday the 19th of September, according to the police, Clementi asked his roommate to give him some
time alone in the room they shared
Ravi agreed and went down the hall into Wei’s room
there he allegedly logged onto Wei’s computer and used it to access through Skype a webcam he had set up on his
own computer back in the room he shared wit Clementi
Ravi and Wei watched Clementi having sex with another man
Ravi streamed the video live, and broadcast to the 150 followers of his twitter feed
Two evenings later, Ravi tweeted “anyone with iChat, i dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12.
Yes its happening again"
Ravi and Wei have both been charged with 4 counts of invasion privacy — max sentence of 5 years
bail conditions of 25000 have been imposed on Ravi
Dhuran Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest, and
sentenced to 30 days in jail, 3 years probation, 300 hours of community service, and pay 10,000 dollars.
intimidated clementi for being gay
what specific forms of media are in play here, and how are people using them?
tweets, and IM’s - a set of primary sources from which he pieces together what happened
how is this eective?
http://blogs.ubc.ca/alejandrabronfman/files/2016/03/Trial-By-Twitter-The-New-Yorker.pdf
Malik Richmond, and Trent Mays were convicted of rape involving a 16 year old girl
Richmond served a nine months juvenile detention
Mays is serving a two year sentence
They raped a girl, and posted the picture on Instagram
Where, for you, is the line between protection of privacy and bringing potentially damaging knowledge into the public
sphere?
this story also includes many forms of media, including video, photograph, twitter, blogs, text messages. What are the
dierences in the ways they are used, or can be used?
is there something about today’s media environment that sets us up for stories like this, or is this just a newer version of an
older story
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