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A Political Staffer Used His Boss' Twitter Account To Resign And It's Pure Fire

If you are going to quit your job, might as well hold your boss' Twitter account hostage first.

Let me throw this scenario at you: you’re working for a deadbeat boss who is nothing but awful to everyone and you’d like nothing more than to quit spectacularly by either chewing out said boss, taking hostage of the work Twitter or something along those lines.

It’s nothing more than a whimsical fantasy, which is why it’s all the more satisfying to see that exact aforementioned scenario play out in spectacular fashion.

Independent British MP Jared O’Mara had his Twitter account taken hostage by a disgruntled comms person on his staff, who proceeded to tweet out a scathing resignation letter that rips into their boss as a *ahem* “morally bankrupt” and a “selfish, degenerate prick.”

Seriously, the whole thing is pure fire and needs a hazard warning before anyone reads it.

Firstly, props to Gareth because he signing off with his own name is an epic power move.

And secondly, Gareth is not unjustified in roasting his now-former boss because O’Mara has allegedly done some pretty sketchy stuff in the past that one would expect from a, well, “degenerative prick.”

He reportedly made a series of homophobic, xenophobic and misogynistic comments prior to becoming an MP, which resulted in him quitting the UK Labour Party. Throw in reports of the guy not doing his job and having all his old staff bail because he’s a bit of a twat, it’s pretty understandable why Gareth wouldn’t want to work for O’Mara any longer.

Gareth basically lived out all our epic quitting fantasies right here and it’s even better than it initially seemed because O’Mara had no clue what was happening.

On Gareth’s own Twitter, he revealed that O’Mara didn’t see all the commotion for at least a few hours before realising that his former boss couldn’t access the Twitter profile without Gareth’s phone.

The whole saga eventually ended when Gareth was belatedly booted from O’Mara’s Twitter account but not before we all got a hilarious mental image of O’Mara frantically trying to figure out his passwords and failing miserably.

So maybe the moral of this story is to not be a prick when you’re an MP because not only will all your staff hang you out to dry, they also have access to all your social media passwords and have no hesitation in salting the earth before they leave.

If TV And Social Media Are Making You Sad, Video Games May Be The Answer For You

Insta stalk less, game more.

Whether it’s a TV, computer monitor, or your phone, most of us stare at a screen of sorts every day. So it’s probably no surprise that all this digital screen time is wrecking havoc on our mental health, particularly among teenagers.

Researchers at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital conducted a four-year study into the link between depression and exposure to different types of screen time among adolescents studying the media consumption of over 3,800 young people from 31 Montreal schools.

The results don’t paint the rosiest of filtered pictures as the researchers found that those who consumed social media and TV the most had an increase in “depressive symptoms.”

Nope.

The study found that young people who were on social media platforms like Instagram had increased symptoms of depression because they’re likely to compare themselves to all the glitz and glamour being promoted in their feeds.

Lead researcher Patricia Conrod says that social media “exposes young people to images that promote upward social comparison and makes them feel bad about themselves” and constant exposure to those platforms are “echo chambers” that “promote or reinforce” depression.

While social media and TV was found to do a number on young people’s mental health, the results interestingly showed that playing video games didn’t have the same effect.

In fact, the opposite effect is more likely as the study suggested that the average gamer wasn’t the stereotypical basement-dwelling loner but in fact a functioning human being who enjoyed playing games with others online or in person.

Nothing negative to be found here.

That being said, it’s still early days into this subject. Conrad’s colleague, Elroy Boers, says that the topic isn’t widely studied despite it being very common among young people but the results of the study is an indication that more research is needed, saying that the current level of knowledge is akin to what we knew about smoking in the 1970s.

“I would almost compare it to smoking in the 1970s, where the very negative effects are still relatively unknown,” said Boers.

“What we found is quite worrisome and needs further investigation.”

Your Emoji Game Could Be The Difference Between Being Found Guilty Or Innocent In Court

*Slightly smiling emoji that may or may not be passive aggressive*

Emojis are steadily taking over every day conversation and the ever growing lexicon of said emojis is a testament to that little notion.

While we really don’t have anything to worry about emojis (other than stressing over whether the slightly smiling face emoji you’ve been sent is positive or some passive aggressive shade), lawyers and judges are probably wishing that these things would just disappear because it’s making their job far more difficult than it should be.

According to CNN, emojis are showing up in more court cases in the United States and both lawyers and judges are struggling mightily in tackling the nuances of emojis when they’re presented as evidence.

*confused emoji*

The issue lies with the subjective nature of an emoji’s meaning. No guidelines exist on how to approach interpreting emojis and lawyers and judges – especially those who are older and aren’t hip to the vernacular – are having problems figuring out what an emoji means in the context of a case.

Emojis are increasingly coming up in sexual harassment and criminal cases, as well as workplace lawsuits – 33 in 2017, 53 in 2018, and nearly 50 in 2019 already – and lawyers are having to argue what they all mean to judges and jurors. It’s all easier said than done because emojis can get lost in translation, especially when actual text isn’t used alongside them and lawyers are forced to describe what an emoji means using only words.

Is a dizzy face emoji enough to establish that an individual knew that a murder was happening? Does an eggplant emoji constitute to harassment or does it just mean someone wants to have eggplant for dinner? Does sending a knife emoji to someone constitute as a threat?

“They’re onto me *worried face emoji*”

There have been cases where emojis they actually added context but judges have opted to omit them as evidence because they either didn’t “get it” or thought it was all superfluous. For example, crown and money emojis don’t mean much on their own but when used in the context of a sex-trafficking case, there’s evidence towards things like prostitution (apparently a crown usually means a pimp in that scenario).

Beyond the struggles of figuring out what emojis mean in the context of court cases, the courts are also having to deal with various platforms rendering the same emoji differently.

For example, depending on if you use an Apple device or Android, some platforms render the pistol emoji to look like a real gun while others render it to look like a water pistol.

This could result in inconsistencies in rulings and miscommunication, which isn’t exactly what you want in court cases since it could mean the difference between guilty or innocent.

She was just joking. Maybe.

Lawyers and judges are probably bemoaning death of the English language due to the rise of emojis but they couldn’t be more wrong. Studies and research has shown that emojis basically a whole new language and a natural substitute for gestures. If anything, researchers are arguing that emojis complement language since they can add more meaning to a message depending on context.

So in short, emojis are here to stay and lawyers and judges will just have to get used to them. But hey, they’ll get used to emojis after an adjustment period, especially when more come up in court cases. After all, we got used to Hawaiian shirts after a while so emojis will get their time eventually.

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