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November 18 2009

CobWEBs Daily Edition – Social media, the future hunting ground of evil people

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Welcome to another week of the daily edition of CobWEBs, the flagship podcast of The Cynical Bastards!

For those who don’t remember from the other episodes, this is a new format for the show as we are going to try giving you daily bite sized chunks of our patented brand of cynicism over everything in the tech universe. The show will have a rotating host schedule between Steven Hodson, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and myself. You’ll always get two of us, you just never know which two!

Steven Hodson and I take on tonight’s duties and have a look at the idea of how social media could be used by people for evil.  Whether it be a serial killer to taunt their prey, or a group such as the Nazis to promote their agenda, social media could be the propaganda tool of the future for evil, but would we even realize it?  (links courtesy of Steven)

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  • Dinner_guest

    Doesn’t anyone read something called fiction anymore? Since when did web users become a load of old women, nagging on about wasting police time and Christian values. If people want to read my tweets fine, if they want to use my art to increase their rss subscriptions fine but at least be honest about it.

    I find the whole thing, very interesting from a social media perspective and a meme perspective. I thought a lot of web users were cool, aware individuals, but it seams like apart from my followers. I was wrong! enjoy sponging off me guys, get your own frigging idea, if you’ve ever had one that is

    • I am going to try and really be nice here since Sean has set that tone but WTF buddy … did you even take 5 minutes to listen to the show. If you did you you would have known that nothing of what you have said comes even close to being a valid disagreement with what Sean and I said in the podcast. I think you need to get off your high horse and come down and play with the real people for a little while because your "artist sensibilities" are making you look like a fool in this case.

    • Well, it sounds to me like you didn't actually listen to the podcast, but instead just saw yourself mentioned and went off. We used your art experiment as a jumping off point as to what would happen if an actual serial killer used social media, or if the Nazis had access to social media.

      We actually spent very little time talking about you and made it very clear your Tweets were art. We made no mentions of wasting police time, we made no mention of Christian values (you REALLY have never listened to us if you think we would bring that up) and we in no way damned you. Steven and I both just merely extrapolated your idea to a real individual doing the same thing.

      The point of The Cynical Bastards, and our CobWEBs podcast, is to comment on the state of social media and the tech blogosphere. There is no doubt you were one of the most talked about stories of the past few days, so us talking about you makes perfect sense.

      Perhaps you need a thicker skin, and also the ability to actually listen to what the podcasters say as opposed to jumping to conclusions.