So, this kid has become pretty famous on the internets as one of many idiots in the riot: Yes, that's him trying to shove a lighted shirt into the gas tank of a cop car to blow it up. IN A CROWD OF PEOPLE. Well, he's been identified: <a class="postlink" href="http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Star+athlete+tagged+rioter/4967700/story.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Star+ ... story.html</a> And his family are fucking pathetic. Read that story, and it pisses me off how they can say "well, he didn't REALLY set it on fire, he only tried to, but it didn't work, so he's innocent until proven guilty. He's a star water polo athlete with a scholarship. He's under a lot of pressure." Fuck. You. LOOK AT THE PICTURE. Tell me again how he's "innocent". I hope the fucker loses his scholarship and gets jail time. And I don't mean house arrest in his parent's million dollar home, either. Welcome to the school of life. Lesson number one, actions have repercussions. Which actually leads me into the direction of the focus. One of the most interesting things about the riot has been the use of social media, and people going out of their way to, for lack of a better term, "show off", with their "look at me" actions. There were live tweets and twitpics and Facebook updates from people at the riot, revelling in their participation. There were also a lot of people who recorded the fuck out of the riots, and the police are now collecting that media and using it to pursue charges against those involved. It boggles my mind how people could do this kind of thing, knowing, hell... SEEING everyone and their brother holding up their cameras recording shit. There were professionals as well as a million iPhone owners recording everything. It's like Mob Mentality just became a Rock Star, all thanks to Social Media. Mind you, that same social media has also empowered the entire city when it comes to identifying the riotards (see what I did there?) and bringing them to justice. In some way, the social media helped to fuel the riot, and in other ways, it's helping to recover from it. A Tale Of Two Riots - The Role Of Social Media FOCUS: Talk about the riot, and the use of the internet and social media in it. ALT-FOCUS: Have you or someone you've known ever shared too much on Facebook? Do tell. And let's not just cut/paste from the facebook-funny sites, keep it close to home.