Kara Swisher

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Why I Love the Internet: Part 4,562,992

Here’s what I love about the Internet–a new way to thwart bullies without getting beaten up.

This is a video that is getting a lot of play, which shows a really agitated policeman haranguing a 14-year-old kid, who was skateboarding at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The officer–a 17-year veteran named Salvatore Rivieri–went verbally ballistic without, as you will see, a whole lot of cause from the boy, who was pretty well behaved and exhibited very minor lip. Calling someone “dude” is not really deserving of the rage he got in return from the policeman.

While it is not known what went on right before this video and most cops do not act like this, it is pretty appalling and a perfect example of chronicling bad behavior all over using the powerful tool of viral online video.

The person who took the video and posted it on YouTube is unknown as yet, but has a lot of guts to keep rolling, until he or she was almost found out.

Rivieri has been suspended, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Here’s the video:

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald