The Trouble With Twitter

The Kanye West backlash has already reached its pinnacle with even the President chiming in that Kanye was “a jackass”. This was an entertaining factoid to most but the way in which it was revealed was rather bothersome (to me at least). It seems during an off-the-record part of an interview, Obama uttered this statement and it was subsequently “tweeted” out to the world via staffer Twitter accounts. NBC ended up having them remove the statements and has supposedly disciplined the twitterers for lack of journalistic discipline but I think it brings to light the issue of what exactly is “off-limits” these days. The President is having a chat with a reporter and, without so much as a thought, the comment ends up for public discussion on Twitter. What if it had been something a bit more important than a crappy rapper? You can retract and delete all you want but these days, once something is out there, it’s out there.

Sure, he’s a public official and is held up to higher standards than myself, but what does it mean for the average person that anything they may say in confidence to someone could end up as a matter of public record? Instead of Big Brother watching us it is Big Twit, an anonymous public indulging in public narcissism and voyeurism.

It reminds me of this illustration that was making the rounds a few months back:

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