We talk with Author J.A. Hitchcock and President of WHOA – Working to Halt Online Abuse about her new book published by Rowman and Littlefield “Cyberbullying and the Wild Wild Web What Everyone Needs to Know.
What are the Signs to look for, Not only for those bullied but those that may be doing the bullying. The Numbers have grown with the popularity of devices of bullying which usually starts out small however can grow with devastating results. You Can check out J.A. Hitchcocks book from Amazon and other booksellers.
I received a copy of the new book “Texts From Last Night: All the Texts No One Remembers Sending” which has entries from the website TextsFromLastNight.com. It was published in January…
“…We started Texts From Last Night for our friends in February 2009. We opened it up to the public in April…
“Our book is the magnum opus of our website. As told through texts, the book has a Relationship Timeline, a Hookup Flowchart and a Choose Your Own Adventure section. We also have categories of texts such as ‘Gay Pride’, ‘The Morning After’ and ‘Phone Mishaps’.
“We went through every page of our site to find the absolute funniest texts for the book. Then we went through every text ever submitted (at the time was something like 1.1 million of them)…”
In the introduction of the book, we find that the reason…
“…we founded TFLN for reasons that include: Kwame Kilpatrick…old flings…repeatedly closing down bars and leaving old tabs open…
“…by pressing the send button a little too liberally. Those fuzzy memories used to live on in our inboxes until we ran out of room or we hit ‘delete’.”
It gets off to a great start…the first text message is interesting and entertaining. All of the entries are good, until the fourth page…where one caused me to laugh out loud.
Here are a few entries that will illustrate how entertained I was:
“the read head has a bf”
“just because there’s a goalie doesn’t mean u can’t score”
“u cheatin on me?”
“if i did i would try to upgrade babe”
“Discussing lingerie with my father. He likes sheer black things. Not the colorful stuff I wear.”
“Dude, the girl next to me just farted. Worst part, it smells like astroglide”
“im at a bar and i misjudged a fart…go home or ride the night out?Never mind, the bouncer just made the decision for me…be home soon”
“That’s not how I planned it, it’s just the way she passed out”
“my mouth tastes like poor choices”
“When I first met her at the bar, she told me she was 23. After I bought her 3 shots of tequila, she told me she was really only 21. When we went back to my house, she said she was really only 19. She’s still sleeping next to me butt naked. I’m afraid if she opens her mouth again I could be looking at 10 years.”
“Whatever. They have the same name, so it’s not even cheating. It’s brand loyalty.”
“Boobs are like coupons for free stuff”
“But I don’t consider them one night stands. They’re auditions.”
Some of the entries were educational. For example, I’ve seen “happy trails”, but never knew that was the name for them…
Some of the content is for adults , and very graphic…and very funny!
Since it consists of text messages, this book is great for those moments when you have nothing to do and some time to kill: you can begin to read it , and stop, at anytime.
With only 192 pages, this book will fit in a pocket (8.26 x 5.23 inches). And there are eBook formats.
And, there’s an (iPhone) app for that.
I’ve heard that a television show might be next…I’m (still) waiting on a response from Adam Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison, to find the status of a situation-comedy they might be producing for FOX Broadcasting.
“Texts From Last Night: All the Texts No One Remembers Sending” is published by the Penguin Group.