Literally last week I had a post on this blog about how the police are using social media to catch suspects. Last week the arrested suspect was aprehended in Mexico after bragging via facebook status updates. He was just asking to get caught… and well, he did.
According to an article I just read from the Star Ledger, a man from Middletown N.J was arrested after posting a youtube video. The content of this video? A 21-year-old man bragging about his sexual encounters with underage teenagers. Gary Wolchesky has since been charged with fourth degree child endangerment and authorities have said they found pictures of children under the age of 16. He is now being held on $100,000 bond and faces 18 months in jail.
I can’t reiterate this enough people. Do not post self incrimitating pictures and videos on the internet. You will be caught, and bragging about touching kids is really messed up. I hope he rots in jail for a while.
According to the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, a new online version of the Museum will soon be available via a youtube channel. This new youtube channel will show rarely seen video of Anne Frank before and after the war. Although alot of this media is available in the Netherlands, over here in America it may be difficult to get across the pond. The technology being implimented in this youtube channel may surpass the physicial museum’s capabilities. For example, this will include a 3-D video version of the house where Frank and her family hid.
I think this concept is somewhat of a double edged sword. I think it is a great idea beacuse it brings a ton of new information concerning the Holocaust and Frank’s story, to a group of people who may not be able to get to he museum. One the other hand, I feel like everyone knows just how anti-semetic people can really be, especially anonymously over the itnernet. I think if the comments can be monitored however, this will be a highlighy informative and postive idea.
So I know when people think about social media websites, they usually think of: facebook, myspace, twitter etc. There’s one website though that I feel is more popular and even more important in terms of social media… Youtube. I had this realization, while on youtube, watching a youtube video, ironically about youtube. Here are some facts that I found really interesting: Obviously millions of videos are watched daily. These videos cover every imaginable topic. Although youtube doesn’t have status updates about Kanye West’s antics at the VMA’s, it is the first place people turned to when they wanted to see it. It is the most powerful social media site because it gives life to the status updates of twitter.
Every minute, ten hours of content is uploaded to facebook. That is absolutely astounding! It’s a never ending supply of video and information. Whether you want to see a newscast, or you want to watch Old Greg, Youtube is connecting the world as never before.