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December 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Bill Cosby and the power of internet shaming

One positive result of the recent attention to Ferguson, Mo., is that the news flowing out of that city drowned out stories about rape allegations against Bill Cosby in my social media feeds.

As much as I’m tired of seeing the proliferation of Cosby’s mug on Facebook and Twitter, the attention and internet shaming people showered on the scandal could end up creating more awareness and providing a platform for victims of sexual assault.

Bill Cosby in 2013. (Victoria Will/ AP)

Bill Cosby in 2013. (Victoria Will/ AP)

As in the case of Julia Marquand, a Seattle woman who posted a photo on Twitter of a man she’s says groped her near Westlake Park, police were initially not interested in pursuing the incident until after the photo went viral.

Marquand turned to social media after getting nowhere with the authorities. The man, who turned out to be a Level 3 sex offender, was charged with assault with sexual motivation, a gross misdemeanor.

Cosby’s alleged victims have also used social media to push their messages and stories, but since the statute of limitations has passed, Cosby does not face prosecution.

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May 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Video: Mark Horvath uses social media savvy to humanize Seattle’s homeless

Forty-five bucks, a backpack and a Twitter account. That’s all it took for Mark Horvath — more widely known in the Twitter-verse as @hardlynormal — to find his calling as an advocate for the homeless. His story reinforces my belief in that old cliche: one person truly can make a difference, especially when the medium is the…

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Comments | Topics: awareness, causes, homeless

May 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Will Kim Jong Un respond to Dennis Rodman’s tweet for Kenneth Bae’s release?

No word yet on whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has read or responded to his American friend Dennis Rodman’s Twitter plea to release Kenneth Bae, but we’re crossing our fingers the NBA legend’s personal efforts at diplomacy will somehow make a difference for the Lynnwood tour operator who’s been imprisoned since last…

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April 23, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Dove sells more than soap in its latest commercials

Dove sells soap, body cleansers, skin lotions and oils. That was until lately. The powerful brand has embarked upon a series of commercials that explore the precipitous minefield of women and self image.

The latest features a former forensic artist for a police department sketching a series of women hidden from view behind a curtain. Since the artist cannot see them, he must rely on their descriptions of hair length, facial structure, shape of the nose and other prominent features. The artist then asks women  to describe the face of one another. The result, well, check out this Youtube version yourself.

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Comments | Topics: beauty, commercial, social media

March 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Show your support for same-sex marriage rights with our Facebook profile picture

Big week for same-sex couples and the Supreme Court of the United States, huh? My Facebook feed is blowing up with different versions of the Human Rights Campaign’s signature red “equal” logo. Many of us are changing our profile photos to mark the significance of this week’s arguments over the constitutionality of California’s same-sex…

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