Unintended and intended insults mar a message

The photo that broke a mother’s heart (click for original story).

Two messages crossed my screen this week involving insults to the disabled community. One appears unintentional, but still caused a flap. The other appears intentional, and should have caused a bigger flap. Continue reading “Unintended and intended insults mar a message”

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Why we need problem-solving skills

According to everything I’m reading, this is not an April Fool’s joke. A woman in Kissimmee, Florida, called 911 because she was locked in her car. She was locked in her car because nothing electrical was working, and her car had electric door locks.

Yep, that’s right. She didn’t know what that little plunger thingie up by the window was for. After all, it wasn’t electric.

Here’s the actual recording of the call.

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When you open up a channel…

…expect people to use it. I’m not completely sure where this falls in our categories, but I’m sure it has something to do with communication:

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See more pwn and owned pictures.

Thanks to Bryan Booth for the heads-up on this one.

At the same time, I found a great example of unintended messages:

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Intergender communication explained

OK, I really don’t have time to be doing this, but I cannot pass up the opportunity to post this link to a layman’s explanation of intergender communication that would likely fit perfectly within the excellent research of Deborah Tannen. I believe it is destined to become a classic.

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