North Macedonia reach Euro 2020 – first major tournament in 27-year history | Football News

first_imgEljif Elmas broke down the left and slipped the ball to Ilija Nestorovski inside the penalty area and he found Pandev, who beat Giorgi Loria for his 36th international goal.The former Yugoslav republic will face Austria and Ukraine in Bucharest in Group C before taking on the top-seeded Netherlands in Amsterdam.Currently No. 65 in FIFA’s world rankings, North Macedonia will be the biggest outsider at Euro 2020 and the second newcomer, joining Finland.- Advertisement – The game was perhaps the biggest in the history of two young soccer nations, but no fans were allowed into the 54,000-seater national stadium in Tbilisi because of coronavirus restrictions in Georgia.With so much at stake, the match was predictably cagey and it took 28 minutes before either goalkeeper had to make a save when Georgian playmaker Tornike Okriashvili tested Stole Dimitrievski with a long-range shot.There were 29 fouls in a stop-start match and only four shots on target but the neatly-worked winning goal was in contrast to the general scrappiness.- Advertisement – Veteran forward Goran Pandev scored the decisive goal to send North Macedonia to Euro 2020 – the major tournament in their 27-year history. The 37-year-old – North Macedonia’s most capped player and all-time leading scorer – flicked the ball home in the 56th minute to see off Georgia in Thursday’s play-off final.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Israel: Tamar resumes production after crack in pipe fixed

first_imgNoble Energy has restarted gas production from the Tamar gas field offshore Israel following last week’s shutdown.As previously reported, Noble Energy had discovered a crack on a pipe aboard the Tamar gas platform in the Mediterranean. The exhaust pipe in question is used to release natural gas and pressure aboard the platform.After finding the fault the company stopped production. According to Delek, a partner in the field, the repair works were completed on Tuesday, and the Tamar field was returned in production on Wednesday.Worth noting, Delek said, Noble is continuing to carry out the planned upgrade works on the Tamar platform.The Tamar field sits some 90 kilometers west of Haifa, in waters that are 1,700 meters deep. The field covers an area of 100 square kilometers, with the thickness of the reservoir layers reaching up to 300 meters.The field started producing gas and delivering it to the local market in Israel in 2013.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Hinks Elementary host their first career day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.,–Exposing students to new career paths should always be combined with skill development. Hinks Elementary School hosted a career day for students to learn real-world professions.For the first time, Hinks Elementary had a career day for students where several guest speakers came in to share their professions.“We had an artist here that showed different types of work,” said Apollo from the second grade.“I am a vet because I really love animals and I really would like to take care of animals and make them healthy,” added Myranda from the fifth grade.School officials wanted to host a career day to get them thinking about their future at an earlier age.Second-grade teacher, Carey Styma said, “we want children to walk away understanding that anything is possible and if they have a certain interest, they are inspired by someone, and if they work towards that, they should attain their goal.”Because of the impact it had on the students, Hinks Elementary School hopes to continue career day in the future.Want to see more local news? Visit WBKB 11 News Website.Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan DNR stocked over 21 million fish this yearNext City of Alpena reminds residents overnight parking on streets will be prohibited for the winterlast_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala on when he’ll retire: ‘I’m keeping it to myself, but it’s going to be soon’

first_imgThe 6-7 wing is averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the 2019 playoffs. While his numbers don’t jump off the stat sheet, he’s continued to be clutch in critical possessions. His dagger 3-pointer at the end of regulation in Sunday’s Game 2 matchup against the Raptors helped his team tie the finals up at 1-1.Iguodala has been an important part of Golden State’s success, and if he sticks to his word, he’ll be retired by 2022 at the latest. “I have a good idea how much longer I want to play,” Iguodala told The New York Times. “I’m keeping it to myself, but it’s going to be soon. I can play four or five more years. But I won’t.”The 2015 Finals MVP is 35-years-old and has been to five championship series in his six seasons with Golden State. The defensive specialist has hit his fair share of big shots for the two-time defending champions in that span, and some believe his contributions are worthy of a Hall of Fame induction when he calls it quits. Related News Charles Barkley: Kevin Durant doesn’t have ‘the mental makeup’ to play for Knicks NBA trade rumors: Lakers, Knicks among teams expected to pursue Marcus Morriscenter_img Andre Iguodala knows how much longer he wants to play in the NBA.The Warriors forward said Tuesday that he doesn’t have “four or five more years” left in the league. “He chose us more than we chose him,” Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said of Iguodala. “We obviously met with him and wanted him, but they hung in there with us. Andre had a vision for what we could be maybe before we even did and how he could fit with us. I always credit Andre for being somebody that believed in us even before we believed in ourselves.”This isn’t the first time Iguodala has hinted at his impending retirement. The 15-year pro said his “career is almost over” ahead of this year’s NBA Finals and was indecisive about what he’ll do when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2020.”I could sign a one-year deal if I want to,” Iguodala said. “That’s the beauty of sense of self.”last_img read more

Incomplete journey

first_imgAs I sat marooned by almost as much snow that fell upon Pittsburgh during the blizzard of ‘93, I was certainly not “grooving last Saturday afternoon.” I have come to the realization that in spite of the fact that Barack Obama and first lady Michelle currently occupy the big house, oops I meant White House, my vision is still a tad blurry as I began to calculate the gains that African-Americans have made over the past five decades. The present and the future became clearer and though it may not be what I want it to be, nonetheless, it is what it is. I instantly became humbled and I consider it as one of my many blessings to be a part of the sports writing and reporting lineage of the New Pittsburgh Courier, especially during this, our centennial year. I think about Bill Nunn, the legendary journalist and NFL scout who entered the newspaper business as a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Courier and later rose to sports editor and finally our managing editor. He took the Courier’s Black College All-American team to another level before he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting staff part time in 1967 and then full time in 1969. He became a liaison between the Steelers and historically Black Colleges and universities.  After earning five Super Bowl Rings, Bill Nunn is among the most legendary NFL scouts of all time but he still makes time for me. Whenever I telephone him and he says, “son what are you up to,” it never gets old. Chills still run up and down my spine.I also reflected on the late Myron Cope, who wrote a column for the Courier. Myron introduced me to Charles Henry (Chuck) Noll, the Emperor.However, during that blizzard-like day I also reminisced about the Dec. 20 Steelers/Packers game at Heinz Field where I had an unofficial head count of about 14 faces of color (excluding scouts) that graced press row. Overall, there were no more than twenty Blacks seated in a press box that has the capacity to hold in excess of 150 bodies. That memory was not as pleasant.Initially, I thought I might have been hallucinating but the 2006 racial and gender report card of the Associated Press Sports Editors, compiled by the University of South Florida, has an even bleaker statistical view of the situation than my personal experiences can convey. The report states that, White men and women comprised 88 percent of the total staffs of all APSE member newspapers; African-Americans held 6.2 percent, Latinos 3.6 percent, Asians 1.3 percent, and “other” people of color less than 1 percent.Women made up 12.6 percent of total staffs of APSE member newspapers. 94.7 percent of APSE sports editors were White while 90.0 percent were white males; African-Americans held only 1.6 percent; Latinos 2.8 percent and “others” less than 1 percent. There were no Asian sports editors. Whites held 86.9 percent of the assistant sports editor posts in the survey, while people of color made up 13.1 percent. African-Americans were 5.3 percent, Latinos 5.5 percent, Asians 1.6 percent, and other people of color 0.8 percent. Talk about an “ole boys club.” Maybe the Associated Press should be renamed the APP, (All Pals Press) not to be confused with AWB, (Average White Band).The racial makeup of the NFL is more than 75 percent African-American and the Black athletes in the NBA exceed 80 percent. Even when we figure in the coverage of the predominately White NHL and the numbers of Latinos’ and Whites who comprise the majority in MLB, there still remains an unacceptable racial gap when it comes to sports reporting in America.Charles Hallman of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder quotes Bill Rhoden, the New York Times sports columnist as saying, “Until a year ago [2008] I was the only African-American on the sports staff at the New York Times. What you see on press row in 2009 is not too much different than what you saw on press row in 1963.” Dr. Harry Edwards, University of California-Berkeley professor emeritus says that the media row at sporting events such as the NCAA Championships “is still the most segregated area in sports.”The most common excuse that I get when credentials are denied to me is, “sorry you don’t write for a daily.” Well there doesn’t seem to be much room for me, especially when White men and women hold 88 percent of the total slots of all APSE member newspapers. Now I am not a hater when it comes to my European colleagues being employed, but talk about reverse affirmative action gone wild. Whew, you be the judge. After running around the block I have returned to my nice warm dining room, still stranded, not by all of the snow that has fallen, but slowed by “the albatross of reality” that is giving me neck pain just because of having to endure the daily “snow jobs” that I and the majority of African-American sports writers are forced to face when applying for credentials to any sporting event.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Martial Arts 1st Dans

first_imgCelebrating 15 years, the Kootenay Martial Arts promoted a number of students to 1st Dan during a recent ceremony at the facility in Nelson.This class will surpass 100 the number of students promoted to 1st Dan since Master Dean Siminoff first created this school. Kootenay Martial Arts, with students from Nelson, Castlegar and Playmor Junction in South Slocan, is a member school of the USCDKA represented by Sr. Grandmaster BJ Sell, the highest ranking female in the world of TKD. Master Dean Siminoff , a certified Chief Master Instructor and owner of KMA is a 6th Dan World Taekwondo Federation black belt registered with the Kukkiwon in Korea.There are only 130 registered 6th Dan in all of Canada.Mallards Source for sports would like to salute the new 1st Dans with Team of the Week honours.The contingent includes, Stacy Devries, Robin Robertson, Nathan Croston, Sasha Semenick, Aaron Postnikoff, Leslie Vissers, Isaac Vissers, Marilou Smith and Bryce Sheloff.Kootenay Martial Arts is also a founding school of part of the global justice movement.last_img read more


first_imgRafael Bejarano7412181016%54%$957,475 STELLAR WIND BREEZES FOR DISTAFFFor the Chicago Cubs and John Sadler, the long drought could soon be over.The Cubs are one win away from appearing in their first World Series in 71 years. Allthey have to do is get past Clayton Kerhsaw and the Dodgers tomorrow, or, failing that, win game seven of their National League Championship Series in the Windy City on Sunday to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.On Nov. 4, Sadler hopes to win his first Breeders’ Cup race in the $2 million Longines Distaff with Stellar Wind, ending a string of 37 losses in the World Championship events.Stellar Wind worked five furlongs early Friday morning in 1:00.40 under exercise rider Jose Contreras. Stablemate Hard Aces, ticketed for the Marathon on Nov. 4, went in 1:01.“I was real happy with her breeze this morning,” Sadler said of the 2015 Eclipse Award champion as outstanding three-year-old filly. “She broke three (lengths) behind Hard Aces, was outside him all the way and a half-length in front at the wire. She’ll have one more breeze before the Distaff, next Friday. It was a very nice work, her usual work, no deviations from what we’ve been doing with her previously. She looked good doing it, so we’re happy.”Stellar Wind had fractional times of 25.20, 37.40 and 48.80, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:13.20.Now four, the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin was a troubled second by a neck in last year’s Distaff at Keeneland, a race in which Sadler feels she could have been promoted to first, had the racing gods smiled upon her. She was “bumped and floated out.”As it is, Stellar Wind enters the Distaff with two successive hard-earned wins over three-time champion Beholder, who, along with undefeated champion Songbird, is likely to ensure a solid pace in the 1 1/8-mile race.“Her last few races have been in small fields where we can’t let the front-runner, one that good, out of sight,” Sadler said in explaining why Stellar Wind had to alter strategy in order to conquer Beholder. “I think Victor (Espinoza, her regular rider) recognized that so we’ve kind of had to change her style, and it’s worked. Under those circumstances, that was the plan.“We’ve had a lot of placings (in Breeders’ Cup races), second, second, third, third, but it’s not a sensitive issue. Last year, c’mon, we were supposed to get put up.“I feel like we won it last year.” Kent Desormeaux38113629%53%$423,735 Mike Puype1741124%35%$130,030 BOOZER BACK ON FAVORITE COURSE SATURDAYBoozer is nothing if not consistent.The six-year-old gelding has a 7-6-6 record from 27 starts and an affinity for Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, which he will traverse for the 10th time Saturday in the $100,000 California Flag Handicap for three-year-olds and up.The race is one in the popular Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses and on a course over which Boozer has four wins, three seconds and two thirds in nine starts.“He’s about as consistent as they come,” said trainer Mark Glatt of the six-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat, who was recently pensioned as a stallion at the grand old age of 26. “I think the downhill race is his favorite distance.”Boozer is owned by long-time Glatt clients Al and Sandee Kirkwood.“He’s good at a mile, too, but we’ll see,” Glatt said. “He should be tough on Saturday.”The field for the California Flag: Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 9-5, McHeat, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Somethings Unusual, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Mana Strike, Tiago Periera, 20-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; and Big Bane Theory, Joe Talamo, 6-1. William Spawr1033130%70%$97,323 Stewart Elliott363348%28%$152,153 (Current Through Thursday, Oct. 20) IS THIS THE YEAR FOR SADLER AND CUBS?MASOCHISTIC FIRES A BULLET FOR SPRINTGRASS GREENER FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUPTHE FLAG IS UP FOR CONSISTENT BOOZER Philip D’Amato3860516%29%$397,300 Mark Glatt2036715%80%$170,233 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo3366018%36%$252,440 John W. Sadler2334313%43%$308,675 Mike Smith2143219%43%$245,565 Fernando Perez3661817%42%$179,785 Jerry Hollendorfer3153416%39%$261,267 Robertino Diodoro730143%57%$63,195 SANTA ANITA TURF GETS THUMBS UPWith the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships two weeks away on Nov. 4 and 5, local horsemen weighed in this morning with consensus praise for Santa Anita’s newly installed Bandera Bermuda turf course.“It’s fast, but it has good bounce to it and the horses are coming back well,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Neil Drysdale. “As you can see from the results, you can win on the front, middle and the back.”Said Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, with 7,173 career victories entering today’s races: “The good thing about the turf course right now is that there are no complaints. If there was something wrong, you would hear complaints, first from the riders and then the trainers.“But so far, there hasn’t been a single complaint that I know of.”Added Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who has ridden the world-over and counts three Kentucky Derbies and 10 Breeders’ Cup triumphs among his more than 5,000 career wins: “It’s very kind. I’ve noticed when we walk on the turf course, you can see the hoof print where a horse has stepped and then it looks like one of those mattresses or pillows that you can watch rise right back up in front of your eyes . . . That’s what it’s like running on; it’s just like a big pillow.”Irish-bred Paddy Gallagher, who took his early lessons on the green of the Emerald Isle, said: “It’s not a long course, but there’s a great thatch to it and it’s got a good spring to it. It’s one of the best grass courses in the country, I believe.”Tim Yakteen, who is preparing recent Zuma Beach Stakes winner Big Score for the     $1 million Juvenile Turf on Nov. 4, said, “I’ve run on the turf course several times and horses have come back off of it well. No complaints about it. It has good bounce and good life.”“I’m really happy with the course,” said 24-year-old French-born Flavien Prat, weaned on European grass courses and in a pitched battle for leading rider at the Autumn Meet.“The grass here is good. It’s fast, but you can come from behind. I have no problem with it. It’s really good. It’s perfect.”Video Courtesy of “Industry Leaders Talk About Santa Anita Park’s New Turf Course in Advance of the Breeders’ Cup”: Flavien Prat53128823%53%$967,975 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: There is a three-way tie for first in the jockey standings through 12 days of the 23-day Autumn Meet, Rafael Bejarano, Flavien Prat and Norberto Arroyo Jr. each deadlocked with 12 wins. Prat and Arroyo have strikingly similar numbers across the board, to wit: starters 53 and 54; wins, 12 each; seconds eight and seven; and thirds, eight each . . . Trainer Richard Baltas, a racing secretary’s dream, had five horses entered on Friday’s card, giving him a total of 51 for the meet, an average of almost four a day, but has none entered on Saturday . . . Fans at Santa Anita can enjoy some of the best hot wings in Southern California along with craft brews and Thoroughbred racing Saturday at the Hot Wings & Craft Beer Festival from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Save $10 by using PROMO CODE: Wing16 for a $25 online package that includes six hot wings, eight three-ounce beer tastings, Club House admission, racing program, wagering tip sheet and special trackside seating. To purchase tickets, visit Must be 21 and over the purchase a package . . . Santa Anita hosts a Pumpkin Festival this weekend, Oct. 22 and 22, and next, Oct. 29 and 30. Experience a pumpkin patch unlike any other and watch the races while the kids enjoy an Infield festival packed with jumpers, a straw maze and a huge pumpkin patch. The event will be open from 12 noon until 4 p.m. For special packages, visit Victor Espinoza3056317%47%$705,145 Peter Miller41115327%46%$352,915 -30- Jeff Mullins1130327%55%$108,380 Peter Eurton1430221%36%$206,734 Jamie Theriot383128%16%$137,826 Tyler Baze57116919%46%$409,615 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won In other Breeders’ Cup news:Sprint favorite Masochistic worked six furlongs for Ron Ellis in a bullet 1:11.60,fastest of 21 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.96. All Run (Sprint) went four furlongs for Richard Baltas in 50.20.Masochistic was given fractional times of 35.40, 47 flat and 59.40 by Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson, with a seven furlong gallop out of 1:24.60.“It was at least as good as any of his works ever,” said Ellis, who plans one more breeze for the six-year-old California-bred gelding by Sought After, that coming next Saturday.Lady Shipman (Turf Sprint) worked four furlongs under Mike Smith for trainerKiaran McLaughlin in 48.40, getting the last quarter in 24.40.What a View (Mile) worked six furlongs in company in 1:13 flat with Tyler Bazeaboard for trainer Kenny Black. Stablemate King’s Palace went in 1:15.80.Champagne Room (Juvenile Fillies) worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 for trainerPeter Eurton.Zuma Beach Stakes winner Big Score (Juvenile Turf) worked four furlongs forTim Yakteen in 50.40, while stablemate Thorn Legacy was clocked in 51 flat. Richard Baltas4667513%39%$378,470 Doug  O’Neill55781013%45%$327,676 Martin Pedroza4354212%26%$197,490 Bob Baffert2247218%59%$666,265 Gary Stevens2133514%52%$385,915 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.54127822%50%$487,936last_img read more

GuySuCo still buried under $77B debt – Bhim

first_img…even as Govt seeks $30B ‘survival’ loanWhile $30 billion in loans are being sought for the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) operations over the next four years, the corporation is still to clear the $77 billion in debt it had accumulated by January of last year.GuySuCo’s Finance Director, Paul BhimIn an interview with this publication, GuySuCo’s Finance Director, Paul Bhim, was questioned on this situation; and according to Bhim, the corporation has not been able to acquire any write-off of its debt since appearing before the Economic Services Committee last year.“That’s still there at the moment,” said Bhim regarding the mountain of debt. “But we are actively pursuing the restructuring of the debt.”In January of last year, the National Assembly’s Economic Services Committee was informed by then GuySuCo Chief Executive Officer, Errol Hanoman, that the debt stood at $77 billion. This money was owed to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), the Guyana Revenue Authority, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and other entities.This publication made contact with current Chairman of the Economic Services Committee, the Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma. He assured that, in 2018, the committee would continue examining the corporation and its financial status.“The first interim report was discussed in Parliament; that report will tell you that we only interviewed GuySuCo,” Sharma said. “We didn’t come up with any recommendations; we have to continue looking at GuySuCo.”It was announced over the weekend that the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL’s) Special Purpose Unit (SPU) is seeking some $30 billion in loans and investments to support its new ward — the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).It is understood that this funding would cover a four-year period, and would provide capital and support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. The funds are also expected to go towards developing new co-generation capacity for the estate operations and the national electric grid.One of NICIL’s first acts since assuming responsibility for GuySuCo has been to abruptly end the life of the old Board of Directors. Coming out of a special board meeting, a decision was taken to have a new board installed as of February 14.The NICIL board has also handed down instructions to GuySuCo to freeze all hiring. According to NICIL’s public relations consultant Alex Graham, instructions have also been handed down to not renew any employee contracts that are in the process of expiring.Graham also revealed the status of negotiations between the state and Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). In January, DDL had submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) for the purchase of one of the estates. This was even as the SPU was seeking interested buyers for the Skeldon and Enmore estates.DDL, which produces the international award-winning El Dorado rums, has raised concerns over Government’s plans to downsize the sugar sector. The company heavily depends on molasses for its production of rums.Graham had also noted that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the firm blacklisted in India but valuating GuySuCo’s assets, had raised concerns about the need to have the estates seen as “fully functioning operations and facilities”.last_img read more

Exclusive: A sitdown with Warriors guru Andre Iguodala

first_imgOAKLAND – Practice ended. Andre Iguodala came off the floor, but the protective tape stayed on his back.Iguodala, the 34-year-old swingman whose value to the Warriors is immeasurable, takes great care with addressing his ailments. Last season, injuries to his knees, ankles and shoulders sidelined him for 24 games, including six in a row in the playoffs. After missing a scrimmage Wednesday because of a rib injury that was considered minor, Iguodala participated in Thursday’s scrimmage and …last_img read more

Shaming Racists On Social Media Continues With New Tumblr

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#privacy#Trolls The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img fruzsina eordogh Hello There, Racists! is the hot new Tumblr everyone is talking about on Twitter. Best New Tumblr, they are calling it. Like much of the digital vigilantism happening since President Obama’s re-election, this particular trending Tumblr is about shaming racists.What It IsHello There, Racists! began on November 11, but didn’t seem to pick up steam until Wednesday, after it was tweeted by Jeremy Botter, the editor of the Houston Chronicle’s Brawl sports blog, quickly followed by K. Thor Jensen, the award-winning writer, illustrator, and influential Twitter user.  The Tumblr has, at press time, shamed 60 people based on their racist tweets. The blog collects not just the alleged racists offensive online remarks, but all publicly available information about them. This includes pictures from their Facebook page, as well as where they live and what high school they go to. (A solid majority of the people being shamed are high schoolers.)The About page for to Hello There, Racists! claims that because the “(un)official motto of the GOP is ‘personal responsibility,’ ” these racists “words, names and faces” will “be documented so that they may be responsible for them.” Tweets about the Tumblr show people are even writing letters to school officials to let them know their students are behaving in a racist manner online. To those familiar with Internet lingo, this here is a “doxxing.”Is This A Good Thing?While it might make Web citizens feel good to tell off some jerks on the Internet, is online naming and harassment really the way to go? Matt Buchanan thinks so, and said as much in his Buzzfeed piece titled “Why Social Media Shaming Is Okay,” written in response to a Twitter debate over my musings prompted by the second annual International Digital Ethics Symposium.Buchanan writes social media shaming is OK because “the consensus is rapidly crystallizing that the rules and sensibilities of the rest of our lives should largely apply online as well.” (Ironically, Buchanan doesn’t think the rules and sensibilities journalists practice in real life regarding minors should apply to online coverage.) At face value, this idea that calling out these racists will teach them a lesson seems legit, until you think about the real effects of this kind of social media shaming.Feeding A Persecution Complex“A feeling of persecution does wonders to embolden someone,” said Jon Hendren, a well-known Internet troll, constant retweeter of teen bad behavior, and writer for the Web culture forum Something Awful. (Hendren distinguishes himself from the vigilante Tumblr by saying what he does is an “exhibition and not ‘Hey, lets find these [jerks] and publish where they live’” and added he repeatedly asks his followers to not engage with the people he retweets.)“I mean, put yourself in the racist jerk’s shoes for a second,” wrote Hendren in gchat. “You post something terrible, and a bunch of progressive/liberal/whatever folks come out of the woodwork to mess with you. You’d be like ‘Well I must be on the right track if these people I didn’t like in the first place hate me.’ ”Why Bother?So why are we even bothering to shame someone on social media anyway? Two years ago harassing someone online for something they did, when 4chan and Anonymous did it, was frowned upon by many media outlets. In my impromptu gchat with Hendren, I asked him why he thinks vigilantism is now not only mainstream, but suddenly cool to do.“Ironically, I think it has to do with the portrayal of ‘cyberbullies’ in the last few years,” wrote Hendren. “It’s become okay to go after people being mean on the Internet in the eyes of the law in some places, so why not go after people saying other horrible things?”Media outlets have been unmasking trolls for more than a year now, the most recent and infamous being Violentacrez. I believe this type of coverage fosters a culture of social media justice where everyone feels empowered to be judge, jury and executioner. Vigilantism isn’t just for tween boys turning into super heroes any more. What happens when we are done shaming racists, though? Are homophobes next? Misogynists? When those people have all been called out, do we come down on milder misanthropes? Or maybe even parking scofflaws? Is this just what we do now as so-called respectable members of society? Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more