Here is your Good Day Columbia GDC Morning WACH for April 24, 2013:
Making strides for autism
Davis Orthodontics joined us this morning to invite everyone to the annual Strides for Autism on May 4 at Riverfront Park. Entry for the walk is $25. You can find information HERE.
BBQ ?? Bikes ?? Cars ?? Cops
Columbia Police Inspector James Crawford shared information about the 2013 BBQ Championship and car show at the Harbison Carolina Ale House on Saturday. The event is a fund raiser to purchase additional bullet proof vests for officers. HERE is more information.
The dark side of social media
Social media isn't always about what you had for lunch, or where you're meeting the girls for drinks. Sometimes something happens that has a real effect on the world. Not only a tool for social change, a twitter hoax yesterday underscored the perils of light speed communication. Stephen Miano joined us this morning with insight about the tweet that rocked the stock market.
Essentially, someone wrote a tweet that scared a whole nation, and the fallout nearly caused $200 billion in damages.
Instead of someone making an account and spreading rumors, this was attributed to the Associated Press's twitter account. That carries a lot of weight. Someone hacked the AP's twitter account and posted the president had been hurt in explosions at the White House. In the recent light of the bombings, people took it seriously and basically freaked out.
Within minutes the Dow dropped 145 points, or roughly 200 billion smackers. Fortunately, once the news came through that it was a hoax, the Dow rebounded. The FBI is investigating, but the Syrian Electronic Army is claiming responsibility. The same organization that hacked BBC weather, 48 hours, and 60 minutes Twitter accounts.
Our best bet is to take information with a grain of salt, until it can be verified by multiple independent sources. Don't believe everything you see or hear, especially on the Internet!
Skipping rope, balancing acts and more
Cirque du Soleil returns to town this week with the Quidam show, which promises to enthrall audiences with all the magic that comes to mind when you think Cirque. The show opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday. You can get information HERE.
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