Bridge Push/Jump and Epic Fails

Twitter is discussing the sad case of an 18-year-old arrested for pushing a 16-year-old off a bridge. Of course, cell phone video captured the entire stunt, and people on social media are reacting hair-trigger. Some with quips that are meant to be funny, some with shock and horror. We can't help but weigh in even though the teens dispute what happened. It's a sad situation: the pushed girl wants jail time for her friend. It's quick and easy, as we write in AUGNM, to weigh in

March Madness Internet Edition: Then There Were Two

If the weirdest "where are your manners" moments we've seen on the Internet, a.k.a. the ones that elicited the most social media uproar, became Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball teams, what would such a bracket look like? We're only going to do eight here. And two now remain after the Final Four twin matchups. First, let's recap the Final Two. As action-packed as the four teams everyone's talking about: Kansas, Loyola-Chicago, University of Michigan and Villanova. As everyone may kno

March Madness Internet Edition: Then There Were Two

If the weirdest "where are your manners" moments we've seen on the Internet, a.k.a. the ones that elicited the most social media uproar, became Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball teams, what would such a bracket look like? We're only going to do eight here. And two now remain after the Final Four twin matchups. First, let's recap the Final Four. As action-packed as the four teams everyone's talking about: Kansas, Loyola-Chicago, University of Michigan and Villanova. #1 SnapChat Mocks

March Madness Internet Edition: The Final Four

If the weirdest "where are your manners" moments we've seen on the Internet, a.k.a. the ones that elicited the most social media uproar, became Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball teams, what would such a bracket look like? We're only going to do eight here. And four remain. In the last post we held Round #2. First, let's recap the Final Four. As action-packed as the four teams everyone's talking about: Kansas, Loyola-Chicago, University of Michigan and Villanova. 1. SnapChat Mocks Ri

March Madness Internet Edition Round 2

If the weirdest "where are your manners" moments we've seen on the Internet, a.k.a. the ones that elicited the most social media uproar, became Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball teams, what would such a bracket look like? We're only going to do eight here. We picked them in the last post. First, let's recap the teams courtesy of Ranker.com. 1. Pepsi's "Lady Doritos" Announcement 2. SnapChat Mocks Rihanna as a Victim of Domestic Violence with "Slap Rihanna" Ad 3. Dodge RAM Quotes Mart

March Madness Internet Edition

If the weirdest "where are your manners" moments we've seen on the Internet, a.k.a. the ones that elicited the most social media uproar, became Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball teams, what would such a bracket look like? We're only going to do eight here. First, let's meet the teams courtesy of Ranker.com. 1. Pepsi's "Lady Doritos" Announcement 2. SnapChat Mocks Rihanna as a Victim of Domestic Violence with "Slap Rihanna" Ad 3. Dodge RAM Quotes Martin Luther King Jr...To Sell Trucks

Viral Bathing Suit Photo

Some couples put us all to shame. Good Housekeeping! #viral #GoodHousekeeping #Instagram #bathingsuit #beach #selflove #plussize #bodypositive

Taking a Bite out of Internet Fakery: Report Clears "a Dog's Purpose

The Puppy Bowl shows you don't need Lady Gaga, Deflategate, President Donald J. Trump tweeting (bookies are already betting on how often he will tweet during the game), or Super Bowl commercials in order to have a great time. In other tail-wagging news, the movie industry watchdog (pun intended) group American Humane cleared the movie "A Dog's Purpose" of animal cruelty. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals. F

Emotional Side...uplifting video

In an Internet full of division and noise, sometimes the best thing you can do is pause and watch an uplifting video. #UGotManners #video #Facebook #gratitude #UGM #goodmanners #viral

Tencent Lurid Video Causes Backlash

Chinese new media company Tencent, which doesn't have a single female executive, faced an Internet kung-fu attack after a video of simulated oral sex at a company function went viral. Let's see what Sonny Chiba, Chinese action star, has to say about that. #china #viral #augnm #badmanners #sex #exploitation

Michelle Obama Farewell

You have to hand it to Jimmy Fallon--he and Michelle Obama make good TV, and now the Internet is abuzz with a viral video of the FLOTUS (nearly 400,000 views on YouTube.) Fallon also made New jersey Governor Chris Christie semi-cool. #MichelleObama #JimmyFallon #viral #YouTube

2017: Bad start for Teens

Four teens are now charged with a hate crime after beating up a mentally disabled man and streaming it on Facebook Live. "What's next, the roar of crowds?"--Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) All the good teens out there, who don't do criminal reprehensible stuff like this, can still get trapped by technology (just as adults can.) Kim Komando just released a list of secret sexting lingo used by teens--which probably means the teens in question have invented new terms by

Engagement Ring Goes Viral!

Remember that scene in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in which Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly and George Peppard as the lovestruck writer Paul Varjak visit her holy place, Tiffany's, and get a Cracker Jack ring engraved? One woman's post about an engagement ring echoed that she sentiment about what's important in life...and went viral. H/t HillaryDaily.com, although the story is all over the Internet now. As the Tiffany salesman says in the movie clip, "That's nice to

AUGNM Roundup for the Week of November 28, 2016

There is no shortage of good and bad Internet behavior out there, so we're continuing our weekly feature of the highlights and misses in the digital world over the previous seven days. First, some terminology. UGM Tip: Something particularly good we've noticed. "404": A 404 is "Page Not Found," so it represents a goof on the Internet. Skull and Crossbones: Danger! UGM Tip: #GivingTuesday. It's more than a hashtag, it's a movement. GivingTuesday.com offers this mission statem

Fake Amazon Reviews, Real Angst

NOTE: This post originally appeared on October 19, 2016. Since online holiday shopping has begun in earnest, we want to do a public service and make sure you know that real people are reviewing the gifts you buy on Amazon. USA TODAY's Matt Granite says, "Amazon has many of the most competitive and aggressive Black Friday deals this year." Author Kristin Johnson here. I am an Amazon reviewer. I've also been reviewed on Amazon. I know that Amazon works on its policy constantly,

AUGNM Roundup for the Week of November 14, 2016

There is no shortage of good and bad Internet behavior out there, so we're continuing our weekly feature of the highlights and misses in the digital world. First, some terminology. UGM Tip: Something particularly good we've noticed. "404": A 404 is "Page Not Found," so it represents a goof on the Internet. Skull and Crossbones: Danger! UGM Tip: The Web site HoopLaHa, aka the good news Web site, launched a new Web series called "The Passion project," and the series premiere ep

UGM and Funding

NOTE: UPDATE FOLLOWS... GoFundMe campaigns are a positive way to harness the power of the Internet. Case in point: a campaign started by Jonathan Bell: "Going to the Hospital". His fundraising goal is $100,000 to pay his medical bills. Mr. Bell writes: "There are a number of very good and not so good reasons I don't have medical insurance. I won't bore you with most of them... I'm about to go to the hospital with a seeping wound in my left pubic region. It is likely I will be

Music From Late Mom Saved...By the Internet

For all the epic fails we could write about on the Internet, there are a million UGM (You Got Manners) moments. Another great story from Kim Komando's team, in this case reporter Ariyanna Norman, inspires the three-hanky alert: Visit LoveSharred.com, to find out more, but bring your tissues. If you have any tears left, take a listen to "Jessica" by Sherry Buhanan-Decker. The Internet can be a good place sometimes. #Mom #UGM #KimKomando #Goodmanners #viral #Reddit #music

UGM: Teacher2Teacher

While we're categorizing the questionable goings-on we see on the internet and shedding a light on them, for example creepy clown posts, we like to light one candle as well as curse the darkness. We present an apple to Teacher2Teacher. The group invites you to #ShareYourLightbulbMoment. The organization also invites you to "Tell Us Why You Teach" via a Web site called Storify that allows you to create and share stories. A+++++ Way to #Think--and inspire others to do the same!

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