Sounding more like a tin-foiled hat conspiracy theory than a 21st-century reality, Cracked visits the 5,000-person strong campout at Standing Rock and explains that despite technological efforts put into place by government and private entities to silence the protest against the North Dakota Access Pipeline, social media is the driving force that has kept the movement going.
"The moment you hit this camp from the highway, the signal goes to [nothing]." He added that, "People are reporting their cellphones are turning on, their [apps] are turning on, their battery is draining." In any other situation, we'd have been prepared to write this off as the world's lamest campfire story. It's the kind of story you'd expect to be followed up with "totally real" pictures of Bigfoot or something. But ...
We ran into similar strange rumors across camp for the next couple of days. People from every corner, whether they had been on site for days or for months, would talk about their cellphone signals cutting out just as drones circled above. Mobiles would switch themselves off and on again -- not in pocket but in hand. Camera apps were opened out of nowhere, and batteries would drain by enormous percentages, killing the phones in minutes, rather than the steady decline of any device pinging back and forth searching for a signal. There were even reports of people's Gmail accounts being hacked.
Thanks to CoN reader Your Parent, eh? for submitting the link.
|Byron Sonne's #G20 Arrest is Mere Steps Away From Being an International Sensation|
|“The purpose of a user agreement is to cover Facebook's rear end, not inform users of their rights.”|
|Nothing new in U.S. taking Canada for granted|
|Personhood push rejected|
|Romanian Law: Witches That Fail at Truthful Predictions Go to Jail|
|Everything We've Learnt About the Surveillance State|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“The cost could be so near to zero it will effectively be free.”|
|“He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins.”|
|Go the Fuck to Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Book|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|Sensually Retro Illustrations by Simone Massoni|
|“Put words between buns.”|
|Good Fucking Design Advice|