Tag Archives: Twitter

Twitter is all in Fun, Until it Isn’t, great piece in the NYT

In light of Roland Martin being the latest victim of 140 characters via Twitter this New York times piece spells out the dangers of this quick mode of communications:

Charles Barkley Says Tweets are For Losers…is he right?

Charles Barkley says he does not tweet. He said if you wake up in the morning and you want to know what he doing you are an “idiot”, but is celebrity watching the only reason people tweet? Twitter is a news source. So is Barkley simply a grumpy old man or does he have a point.

What does the Alec Baldwin/Michelle Malkin Twitter fight say about us?

Last night Alec Baldwin and Michelle Malkin became embroiled in a war of words on Twitter. Baldwin was tweeting about the Troy Davis execution and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin responded with tweets of her own. The whole thing got very ugly, very quickly and Baldwin encouraged his followers to go after Malkin. They went after her with racial slurs, sexist slurs and any other kind of slur they could hurl. So what does this say about us? Can we not have a disagreement without resorting to vile personal insults? I often hear people saying they want politicians to fight fairly and stop going for the gut puch, but why should they do that when the larger community is uncivil? Have we gotten to the point where there is really no expectation of good manners and decency? I read some of the comments sent to Malkin and they were hateful. Under the cloak of anonymity cowards are emboldened to say things they would never have the nerve to say to a person’s face. So the question is do you think we now live in an uncivil society, and if so do you think we can change? Tell me what you think. http://www.mediaite.com/online/alec-baldwins-twitter-war-with-michelle-malkin-davis-is-dead-does-that-make-you-happier/

Why did Twitter block Troy Davis as a trending topic?

I was just on Twitter and I noticed Troy Davis was not a trending topic. That seemed strange since there is an 11th hour appeal in front of the Supreme Court. A trending topic that I saw earlier today, but neglected to look at it then, but it was still up was #youknowyoughetto. I looked at this evening and several entries expressed dismay that Twitter had admitted blocking Troy Davis and #Too Much doubt for being offensive, but #youknowyoughetto is still going strong. What’s wrong with this picture?

Indiana Deputy Attorney General Twitter’s latest victim

The Indiana Deputy Attorney General has been fired over statements he made on Twitter. It is amazing just how much trouble 140 characters can get people into. He is just the latest victim and of course his remarks were satirical according to him. Well his employer must not have understood his satire because it was enough to get him fired.


Kenneth Cole Twitter’s Latest Victim

Twitter allows you to get your message out there quickly and you can also get into a lot of trouble quickly. Kenneth Cole found that out the hard way this morning when he tweeted the following, “Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online…KC” . The post included a link to the website. The KC at the end of the tweet indicated it came from Kenneth Cole not a marketing assistant. This comes at a time when people are being killed on the streets of Cairo. Needless to say the tweet was removed within the hour and Cole released an apology via Facebook, but the bigger issue is why didn’t he think this through before he tweeted it? We live in an instant society and instant messaging is a benefit and a detriment. As the old folks used to say “he is old enough to know better.” This was in bad taste.

What can you say in 140 characters?

This weekend I read the story of Messy Maya. Maya’s claim to fame was his YouTube comical rants. Maya was gunned down in New Orleans on Sunday. Some of the onlookers tried to help, and the others started taking pictures of him and sent them out via Twitter and of course a message of not greater than 140 characters. Last week Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was pulled over by the police and he tweeted that the police let him go after he gave the police an autograph. Rice later back peddled and said his release had nothing to do with the autograph, and he did get a warning. Last season a bench riding rookie got into a Twitter war with the Washington Redskin fans. He had to close his account and apologize to the fans. Professional teams are fining their players for twittering during games. So who is going to be in charge of the team’s social media presence?  “Will leagues and teams initiate Twitter sensitivity classes, or try to establish and enforce some kind of standards and practices? Will effectively managing a team’s social media presence come to have as much bearing on the overall success of an organization as scouting, strength & conditioning and marketing & promotion?”*  It is hard to believe that all of these issues started from 140 characters. The other interesting aspect of Twitter is the need to invent words that work in this condensed format. The disturbing element is when you see this shorthand being used everywhere. The shorthand is replacing English. Our need for speed has usurped our need for grammar. 140 characters can be a good thing in the right hands, but maybe just maybe we might need to think before we tweet.  I mean what can I say?   Just SMH (Shaking My Head).

*SB Nation

Blogging: The Disrespected Medium

by Gail J. (“as i see it”) and Joni R. (“politics from the eyes of an ebony mom”)
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield made a living telling us how he got “No Respect.” In today’s media, “no respect” could be any blogger’s mantra. 
 If you listened to countless celebrities, journalists, and random haters, you would think that bloggers are pathetic souls with no lives, no homes, no dreams, and, most importantly, no talent. Let them tell it, we live in dank hovels…that is those of us who don’t live in our parents’ basements. We are nerdy, dorky, dweeby, fat, skinny, pale, dark, pimply, dirty, unloved creatures not equipped to function in real society or live among real people. We are the absolute height of uncool because all the cool kids hang out at Twitter and Facebook. These same celebrities certainly don’t mind when our *little* blogs mention them, thus keeping interest going in their brands. And unsurprisingly, these same journalists don’t mind when we link to their articles and help drive up their numbers. Don’t get us wrong: we know that not all blogs are created equal…where there’s good there is most definitely bad. All we’re saying is don’t continually dismiss us bloggers when everyone in the media is adjusting to L.W.I.: Life With the Internet.  
With over 200,000 views of our combined blogs, we’d like to say that we respectfully disagree with blog detractors. We blog because we have important ideas, experiences, and insights to share and, clearly, our readers agree. And might we add that these ideas, experiences, and insights are OFTEN overlooked in more traditonal outlets. In the current media environment, newspapers and magazines are folding at alarming rates because reporting is now primarily done via cable news programs and online sites. The blog is the one place left where a talented writer can make a name for herself and share her work with the world at large. In closing, we thank WordPress for giving us this phenomenal medium. In their own way, these blogs have helped us maintain our sanity in truly trying times. We also thank every reader who’s taken the time to read our posts and/or comment. Even if you didn’t agree with what we said, we hope we gave you a different perspective. Finally, we close with a message to the haters in the ever-colorful words of comedian Katt Williams: [If you] don’t have nobody to hate on, feel free to hate on me!


Kansas City Chief Larry Johnson Gives the Token Apology

 NFL player Larry Johnson used a homophobic slur on Twitter this weekend and at the team headquarters the next day. He has issued his obligatory apology “I regret my actions. The words were used by me in frustration, and they were not appropriate,” he said through a spokesman. “I did not intend to offend anyone, but that is no excuse for what I said.” Please explain to me how can you use this word and not intend to offend anyone. The term is on its face derogatory and offensive. The “I was frustrated defense” is simply not enough. Johnson went on to say that he also apologized to “all the kids who view athletes as role models. I was not a good role model yesterday and hopefully I can become a better role model. We all make mistakes, and the challenge is to learn from them. I will do my best to learn from this one as I move toward becoming a better person, teammate, and member of the Kansas City Chiefs team and community.” Let’s flip the script here if an opposing player called Johnson the n-word would he have recommended sensitivity training for the offending player? No, he would want the guy suspended and possibly fined because he would say the guy should have known better. Well, Johnson should also know better. Words have power. Carl Walker Hoover and Jaheem Herrera were both middle school students who committed suicide, they were both victims of homophobic bullying. Bullying which included the use of offensive names. Yes, words have power and people use them as weapons and that is what Johnson did, and he needs to be held accountable, and not simply a wink and a nod until he utters another offensive remark the next time he becomes frustrated.

Walter Cronkite News Legend Dies…Does the Twitter Generation Even Know Him?

Yesterday as I watched the Walter Cronkite coverage one thing stood out. The majority of the people paying homage to Walter Cronkite were old. They were not relics but they all seemed to be 50 plus. Cronkite was 92 at the time of his death and had not sat at the anchor desk for almost 30 years so it stands to reason that he is just a page from the history book to the wikipedia generation. The Twitter generation probably could not tell you who currently sits at the anchor desk of the big 3 today so Cronkite simply has no real relevance in their lives. How do you teach history to a generation that thinks history is what happened last week? Cronkite was a broadcasting legend who had a major impact on the media, but this is a generation that probably saw his picture on the Internet yesterday and scratched their head and said “who’s this old guy”.  Maybe somebody on Twitter can tweet the answer.