It’s Never “Just Twitter”

By: Jasmine Meredith


As soon as social media gets a hold of something and it gets in the right hands, it’s only a matter of time before that something goes viral. In this case, that something happens to be a video of Danielle Peskowitz Bregoli better known as the “CASH ME OUSSIDE HOW BOW DAH” girl.

If you have no idea who I’m referring to or by some magical way you’ve managed to be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram without seeing this video she was featured on a Dr. Phil episode that aired back in September 2016 titled “I Want To Give up My Car-Stealing, Kife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old-Daughter Who Tried To Frame Me For A Crime“.

People created memes, remixed the Dr. Phil interview into a song and even bitmoji created a “CASH ME OUSSIDE HOW BOW DAH” emoji that everyone can use with their own bitmoji! Danielle is even selling apparel according to her Instagram.

Although Danielle isn’t the only person to go viral I thought it was interesting to just think of the many people who have been recognized by using social media. So many people from Vine (RIP as Professor Bufkins said), YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Some by choice and others who were just minding their business.

A thing I see a lot on Twitter is opportunity and lessons being taught. These situations go viral whether people are ready or not. Here are some examples:

Picture Source: Zendaya Twitter posts

A guy tried to embarrass a girl on Twitter because of her weight but in return, received a lot of backlash. Actress, singer and dancer, Zendaya, actually came across this post and ended up offering the girl a modeling contract for her brand Daya. And yes it was legitimate. It’s never just Twitter.

And then you have the lessons where you literally watch everything unfold. The most common thing I’ve seen is people tweeting racist things, and once again it gets in the hands of someone with a twitter following who “lobs” (twitter terminology: retweeting to the TL) the tweet bringing it to people’s attention. It usually ends in someone finding out who the original tweeter works for or what institution that person attends and bringing the tweet to said employer/institution’s  attention. People have gotten fired, and suspended because of the things they say on social media. It’s never just Twitter.

Social Media is a platform for so many things and it definitely plays a bigger role than some may understand. But it’ll click eventually.

““I Want To Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried To Frame Me For A Crime” | Dr. Phil.” Dr Phil. N.p., 16 Dec. 2016. Web. 05 Feb. 2017. “Catch Me Outside How Bout That – (Cash Me Outside How Bow Dah) – Full Version.” YouTube. YouTube, 21 Jan. 2017. Web. 05 Feb. 2017.

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