Chopped Liver – Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

This is scary.

The phenomenal rise of Social Media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc has taken on a new and startling twist recently. Around the world, millions of people are “tweeting” and making flippant one-line comments about everything and anything from the serious to the mundane, from the mildly amusing to the painstakingly boring, from the hilarious to the… you get my meaning.

But, with Twitter, you know, you only get 140 characters to get your point across, so you have to develop a new way of writing – using an economy of letters.

Now, read any “How To” guide on Twitter and you will be encouraged to do a number of things:- you will be encouraged to tweet regularly, and be informative, and humorous, insightful and glib – in short, just be yourself – and whatever you are doing – tweet about it. And yes folks, what do tweets make? More followers.

Enter Paul Chambers, a 26 year-old from Doncaster, who makes a pithy comment about how pissed off he is at the temporary closure of his local airport and, as encouraged to by Twitter mentors, he tweets about it – oh, and adds a little joke.

Unfortunately this little joke caused offence to some, including a judge, who convicted him of threatening to blow up the airport!

So, now we should be scared. Why? Because every tweet, or Facebook comment that we make (or have made!) could be scrutinised by publishing lawyers and the offending party could pick up a criminal record for his trouble.

Soon, people with an axe to grind, or perhaps, publishing lawyers seeing an opportunity, may realise that there is a lot of money to be made here – there is a positive treasure trove of lucrative glib comments just waiting to be turned into gold.

And, never mind the future, our past posts are signed, sealed and delivered and waiting for retrospective scrutiny by those with too much time on their hands.

To read The Guardian’s view on this – click this link.

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