Monday, August 15, 2011

THE GAME OF STATUS-HIJACKING



Today on the other side of the world US rapper 'The Game' has found himself in deep yoghurt over a tweet sent from his account, which he alleges was sent by a 'friend', The Game claiming to be a victim of status-hijack.

The Tweet in question advertised a potential opportunity to intern with the rapper by directing followers to call a particular phone number. The problem being that the number listed was instead the phone number for the LA Sheriff's Department. This hilarious prank* resulted in clogging up the Sheriff's phone lines and preventing important calls from getting through, thus delaying the Sheriff's response to several emergencies. 

Whether the tweet actually was sent by The Game or his phone was hijacked (as he claims), doesn't really matter. The fact is that he may now be facing misdemeanor charges for clogging up an emergency phone line, simply because he felt like being funny**.

So next time you're at a photo shoot for your upcoming hip hop album, keep your phone in your pocket. 

Remember, you don't want to come across like another stupid rapper.


*not hilarious
**still not funny

1 comment:

  1. Yet another of a burgeoning list of examples of the power and dangers of the viral web.

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