RogersParker brings up a good point with the Onion tweet. (Above right screenshot of DNAinfo.com Twitterfeed 7am this morning) What are the point of tweets? What is appropriate or inappropriate? The most useful tweets bring you news you can use. The Onion's mission statement is satire. It is extremely incisive at that. That satire will be all the more shocking in the limited character count of tweets. What the Onion was most guilty of with this tweet was it just wasn't that funny. People sometimes take the Onion seriously when they shouldn't. Did they actually mean what they said?
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Last updated 2/25/13 6:30pm
The Onion got a lot of press (which it hasn't for sometime) out of this controversy. In the long run this will help them more than hurt. The Onion is pointing out the utter crap that is being tweeted out there in Twitterland. In the past week the print edition of the Onion was scaled back by more than half. It is therefore fortuitous that they make a splash on the internet now. The Onion is an ironic reflection of what our society has become at times extremely stupid and thoughtless.
The Onion has come up with similar one liners on the front of their newspaper. These one liners are fake taglines for stories that never appear in their paper. Twitter and tweets can be the lowest means of communication on the internet. But they can also be used to put forth important ideas. It is interesting watching Twitter and tweets evolve. Some people have become Twitter jocks. Instead of talking on the radio they emit tweets on the internet. Twitter is the silent radio of the internet. The grand majority of tweets are nonsense. That was the Onion's point with this fake tweet.
The c-word has also been bantered around a whole lot more in movies and television lately. It still is considered to be an rated-R word, but it doesn't pack the punch it once did. C&^* is used a whole lot more over in England and doesn't have the same connotation it does here in America. The Onion is aping what a lot regular joe six packs are mindlessly tweeting. Tweets can be pretty mean. For instance many people are sitting there tweeting oh such and such actress is a b%&#$ or @$$h)%^. The Onion lampooned these tweets and took it to its natural conclusion. Looking at it from this perspective the tweet is funny. Imagine someone seriously being such a nut that they would tweet something like this. Completely ludicrous. Taken verbatim without context the tweet isn't funny. It takes perspective and some thinking. Which doesn't always come naturally with tweets.
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Chevanston recently covered the topic of what you should and shouldn't tweet to the general public. Calling people names on twitter isn't appropriate or funny. Neither is updating the general public concerning your family member's condition in the hospital. Telling the world whether you can make it to someone's funeral is also bizarre. Chevanston criticizing this behavior was seen by many as verboten. (Breaking news Gerald Farinas' father is leaving the hospital). A public apology was not issued in either circumstance by Gerald.
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