Top of my list of things I am heartily sick of reading right now is news stories which quote the tweets of vaguely famous people. Actually I am sick of reading news stories in which anyone’s tweets, famous or otherwise, are treated with any degree of seriousness whatsoever.
In the past few days we’ve had the sacking of a columnist from a major newspaper due to questionable tweets she sent while at a TV awards show, and outrage because a comedian tweeted insults about celebrities while at the same event and a state premier caught out appearing as if she wanted to support a cause she had no interest in actually supporting and a disgruntled politician being snarky and her ex-colleagues being snarkier.
Why oh why don’t famous people, even vaguely famous people, stop using bloody twitter? Surely by now even the dimmest of them know that every 140 character utterance they ever make will be recorded forever and scrutinised from now until doomsday by people with nothing better to do and that no matter how smart or witty or discreet they believe themselves to be they will one day tweet something that some shockjock/parent/nun/child/animal lover/spin doctor will find offensive?
Can we not save these people from themselves and save me having to read any more of this bloody nonsense masquerading as bloody news?