Has YouTube Lead to An Increase in Firings?

On the same day that Rutger’s Athletic Director Tim Pernetti fired basketball coach Mike Rice, comes word that the Supreme Court of West Virginia suspended Putnam County Va. Family Law Judge William M. Watkins III.   (decision available here).  The decision came after members of the court viewed several YouTube videos of Judge Watkins.  In one such video, which had been viewed over 200,000 times the judge repeatedly told a paston to “shut up.”  In another incident Watkins said to a woman seeking an order of protection, “”Shut up! You stupid woman.”     The Rice case may be a bit more familiar to readers.   Rutgers fired Rice less than 24 hours after ESPN’s Outside the Lines aired video of Rice committing inexcusable acts, including kicking players, throwing balls at them and yelling homophobic slurs.

The timing of these firings is most curious.  At least in Rice’s case, the firings did not come at the time his superiors learned of his transgressions, but rather after the transgressions were aired on the social media website, leading to huge public outcry.  This begs a question this blog has come back to again and again.   Does the public nature of social media assure greater accountability.  At least in these two instances I would have to say yes.  But-for the public outcry I am not confident that neither of these wrongdoers would have received the same degree of punishment absent the publicity following their acts.  I would go further and say such is most certainly the case where Mike Rice is concerned.

Want to see the UK Supreme Court’s newest decisions? Just check out YouTube

The UK Supreme Court now “publishes” its decisions on YouTube.  Most recently, the Court, under the title UKSupremeCourt, broadcast its decisions from December 19, 2012.  Shockingly, (or not) as of today, January 27, the video has only garnered 453 hits.

Check out the video here.


What do we mean when we say social media?

The Dayton Business Journal recently published the list of the top ten most visited social media websites. The list was compiled based on total number of visits.  No big surprise with Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in the top three spots.  Interesting to me was that Pintrest ranked fourth and that two relatively new sites, MeetMe and Tagged, scored pretty high up there, bumping Yelp at the same time.  Nothing much legal about a list of sites, but I think it interesting to have a sense of just what we are speaking of when we say “social media.”