|Right of way sign|
Screenshot of DNAinfo.com Twitter Feed 7:30 pm CST 3/9/13 above right. RogersParker posted a tweet today that contained an obscenity. Her tweets make it onto the Rogers Park community Twitter feed of DNAinfo.com. So knowing this why would you put a four letter word into that tweet? This is the same Twitter feed where official pronouncements from the alderman and congressman's office are tweeted. Is someone watching what goes on to this feed? Or does just anything go? ( Pedestrians now have right of way at Farwell and Clark crosswalk)
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We must speak and write properly in the public sphere, if not there than where? The DNAinfo.com Twitter feed isn't the high school locker room or a bar. It is an important place for ideas and news to be shared. Yes it will be cluttered up with people declaring that they went here, there or anywhere on Foursquare and more recently people declaring hey I drank this or that beer. But the line should be drawn somewhere. And RogersParker crossed that line with vulgar language in her tweet. Tweeting is microblogging and an important form of communication. Using tweets for such low purposes thwarts its design.
Update #1 - Benjamin Woodard's reply via tweet to evidence of profanity on DNAinfo.com's Twitter Feed @ 5:30 pm CST 3/10/13 (after removing RogersParker from the Twitter Feed) Benjamin Woodard @benjaminwoodard "@RogersParker no prob. Jeff-O has a weird fixation with Twitter list feeds."
Chevanston's reply - Yes Mr. Woodard this writer prefers to get his news free of expletives. Nothing controversial or weird about that right?
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Incidentally it is important that Illinois have a department of Right Of Way. When people are driving, bicycling and walking we need to know the rules of the road. Could not find this actual department via internet search but looking at various sites this office would have to do with obtaining land for certain transportation usages (this is Florida's Office of Right of Way), outdoor advertising on billboards, and vegetation management along the roads. One could only assume that Illinois' department would take care of similar mundane details. A more interesting discussion could've been had if there was a picture of the actual car with this department of Right of Way insignia and a description of what the office does, instead of an expletive laden line which provides no insight but only offends.
Bloggers Note - Benjamin Woodard did have RogersParker removed from the Twitter Feed soon after this story ran as evidenced by the following tweet. Benjamin Woodard @benjaminwoodard
"@RogersParker I had you on a twitter list for Rogers park which feeds that plugin. So it scraped your tweets. It’s a twitter embed thing."
Was this the intention? Not particularly. Perhaps an apology from either or both parties and that would be that. Not sure if the higher ups at DNAinfo.com know what is going on with their Twitter Feed. Apparently this writer is the only one who has a "weird fixation" or even pays attention to make sure inappropriate content does not go unquestioned when it hits the default community Twitter Feed.
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