Lamanta Reese lived much of his gang life in virtual reality, posting videos on YouTube of him and others taunting rivals. He died at age 19 in the real world, bleeding from his head onto a porch on Chicago's South Side after one of those gang rivals, prosecutors say, shot him 11 times. Another possible factor in his slaying: A smiley-face emoji Reese posted that the suspected gunman may have interpreted as a slight about his mom. Gangs' embrace of social media to goad foes or conceal drug dealing in emoji-laden text is the biggest change in how gangs operate compared with 10 years ago, according to new law enforcement data provided exclusively to The Associated Press ahead of its release Tuesday by the Chicago Crime Commission. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites have radically altered gang culture in Chicago. They are having a similar influence on gangs nationwide. These days, there is nearly always a link between an outbreak of gang violence and something online, said … [Read more...] about Guns, Emojis a Volatile Mix as Gangs Embrace Social Media
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The marketing landscape is covered in so-called social media “experts” — some of whom are good at what they do but most have no business calling themselves an expert at anything but obfuscation.We should approach self-proclaimed social media experts with a healthy dose of skepticism. There are three rules for separating the experts from the BS artists:Make sure their claims are backed up by their numbers.Make sure they have been where you want to go.Make sure they know how to replicate their success.Here are thoughts on how attorneys should vet any individual or company they are thinking of entrusting with their marketing, social media or otherwise:Do they specialize in working with attorneys? Attorneys have legal rules and ethics they must follow. If you hire someone who doesn’t know those rules and ethical boundaries, it can get you in trouble!How many attorneys have they worked with? Over the past 12+ years, we have worked with over 18,000 … [Read more...] about Put the Voir Dire Process to Work Before Choosing a Social Media “Expert”
Melania Trump said Monday that social media can be used for good but may also be "distracting and harmful when used incorrectly." She made the comments at a cyberbullying summit in Rockville, Maryland, where she was attending a panel discussion with representatives from various social media platforms participating in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Cyberbullying Prevention Summit. "Let's face it: Most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults, but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits," she said, after noting that social media can be used positively or be a distraction. The first lady is focusing on cyberbullying among young people as part of her "Be Best" initiative. The campaign also includes opioid abuse and overall child well-being. Pushing back against her critics, first lady Melania Trump said she's committed to fighting cyberbullying despite … [Read more...] about Melania Trump: Social Media Can Be ‘Distracting and Harmful’
The nation of Kenya was gripped by a palpable sense of excitement and outsized expectations prior to President Obama’s arrival on Friday, July 24. On the day the president arrived, offices in Nairobi were closed, banks shut down early, and the city’s emptied streets were adorned with American flags and ubiquitous posters conveying the message, “Welcome Home Obama.” One television station devoted full-time coverage to the visit.The tenor of expectation was captured by Macharia Gaitho, a columnist for the Daily Nation, who wrote that Obama’s trip to Kenya was “the most important visit by a foreign leader since independence.” While seemingly excessive, several well-regarded business leaders strongly agreed with the sentiment.There was no question that Obama’s visit would be a boost to Kenya’s confidence, shaken by al-Shabab’s horrific attacks on the Westgate Mall and Garissa University, and the uncertainty of the nation’s … [Read more...] about Obama in Kenya: A Report from the Field and a Recap of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit
I had the best time last week, standing on stage in Tull Auditorium at my alma mater, Emory Law School and presenting an hour-long speech to the shiny new first-year law students at the 7th annual Bass Career Summit. I don’t think many of my old law school professors would have predicted that one day the school would pay me to teach the students. Here’s the view from the stage I never thought I'd see:The Bass Career Summit is a practical, effective, full-day program designed to help Emory's law students launch their careers. Of course, this was the kids' very first week at school, so I needed to be gentle; I didn’t want to assign tasks or suggest activities that could send them into a complete panic. They need to focus on their academics first and foremost. Grades are still among the most-important hiring credentials.I decided to present a two-part program. Part Two offered … [Read more...] about Helping Law Students Build a More-Successful Careers.