Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 16th 2014 Contents A37
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In an era in which everyone not only has an
opinion, but multiple avenues for expressing those
thoughts, it s surprising that there are few efforts
at making sustained social interventions using
readily available Internet tools.
Most issues earn a rash of comments, usually on
Facebook, the occasional Twitter flare-up and the
New media social
odd change.org petition.
At least two people have managed to be so irritated
at a perceived injustice that they have created a con-
tinuing, Internet-based effort to keep discussion alive
on matters that concern them.
Roger Jackson, a hospitality management consultant
for the last 35 years, created and runs the popular
Facebook group Bad Parkers of T&T
(http://ow.ly/BtXef), which has attracted 3,444 mem-
bers in just three months.
"I have been
observing the way
people park at malls,
parks, banks, gro-
offices and basically
anywhere that people
park," he explained.
thrive on perfection
and seeing cars
parked outside of
lines, in handicapped-parking spaces when they
should not be or simply parking badly causing incon-
venience to others really started to bother me and
I thought I would share this with others who I know
feel the same way as I do."
There was a personal spark for this project, and
it was one that stuck in Jackson s craw.
"I was trying to park at a mall a few months ago
with my mom, who is 93 and needs a wheelchair
to move around, when I [found I] could not use the
handicap parking because it was already occupied.
"I drove around the parking lot and finally found
a spot where I could park my car with enough room
to open the front door to manoeuvre my mother into
her wheelchair---when along comes another car and
pulls in the spot next to me and basically refused to
move even though I explained about the wheelchair
and my mother.
"To me that was an inconsiderate, bad park. There
were other spaces available."
From the start, content flowed to the page, the
first surge of members quickly getting the idea of
capturing acts of automotive negligence with their
cameraphones. Now members post "every hour on
the hour," and Jackson s main role is in managing a
thriving though occasionally rowdy group.
"I have not had anyone challenge me on an offensive
post, but I have had to referee between a few members
when their posts got out of hand and quite personal."
For such a large and impassioned group, it s a bit
surprising to discover that Jackson has only had to
eject two members, but as he notes, "They both
really did not belong in the group."
The anonymous owner of trinihomewreckers.com
(http://ow.ly/BtZ3b), a Web site dedicated to outing
women accused of breaking up relationships with a
sideline in deadbeat dads, was cagey about con-
tributing to this column.
The supporting Facebook page (http://ow.ly/BtWoy)
has won 15,222 likes and even spawned a dissenting
page on Facebook, Shut Down Trinihomewreckers
Web site Now, which has attracted a rather less
daunting 185 likes since it was created in March.
The Web site, which logs thousands of visitors per
day, was started in November 2013 as "an outlet to
allow persons to vent."
"Let it all out by sharing your story," the Trini-
Homewreckers proprietor wrote in response to e-
mailed questions. "I know that there are families
that are hurting because of infidelity and betrayal.
I have seen families torn apart and children hurting
because of this.
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Video-streaming giant Netflix has
launched in France as part of a push
to tap six new European markets.
Founder and CEO Reed Hastings
formally inaugurated the Gallic wing
Monday with a red-carpet event in
Paris. He said he was proud that Netflix
was in France because filmmaking was
an "integral part of French culture."
Netflix hopes to reach a third of
French homes in the next five to ten
years. It is already producing a French-
language drama called Marseille to be
aired in 2015.
Hastings hopes the show, which
deals with political intrigue and vio-
lence in France s crime-ridden southern
city, will mirror the success of Netflix s
Emmy award-winning "House of
Cards drama about Washington that
stars Kevin Spacey."
Netflix already has more than 50
million subscribers in 40 countries.
Netflix launches in France
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