Things I don’t want to read any more #1

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?

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6 Responses to Things I don’t want to read any more #1

  1. Norm/Uriah says:

    I love your phrase “vaguely famous people”. What really annoys me post our UK election is politicians [vaguely famous people who I didn’t vote for] telling us they did something “in the national interest”.
    How about complete honesty in the future such as saying “I liked the look of the ministerial car” or “the salary was much larger in government than in opposition”.
    Didn’t you have a republican anti -royalist politician in Australia who ended up as His Excellency the Governor General!?

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  2. bernadetteinoz says:

    LOL Norman – yes we did – Bill Hayden. But how could we expect principles to stand in the way of seriously good perks? At least he had the decency to say no to being head of the boy scouts (it goes with the job of Governor General apparently) due being an atheist.

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  3. Bernadette – I could not agree with you more! I’m not sure why celebrities and near-celebrities feel the need to make their unedited views so instantly public. Self-censorship is the price, I think, that one has to pay for being famous, however vaguely so. I also wonder at people who find what those people say so incredibly interesting, anyway, to be honest. Some of those people have millions of Twitter followers, and I often can’t imagine why anyone is that interested. Except for Billy Joel, naturally. Anything he says is intrinsically interesting ; ).

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  4. Maxine says:

    Bernadette – your blog has changed again! Nice. (I also liked it before, as well).
    I barely follow anyone on Twitter. However much I like someone, if they are going to tweet tens of times a day on their opinion about something (eg politics) or what they are doing or whatever, I am just not interested. I follow a few people (like you!) who hardly ever post anything as that’s good. I follow a few people who use Twitter in the same way that I do, ie as a “microblog” to post interesting links with a few words of “personal take”. I follow mostly publishers, booksellers, newspapers and magazines to get news of new books and reviews. You can also get offers of free books or proofs by this route. I do follow a couple of “well known people”, Giles Coren and Caitlin Moran, both of whom write columns in the Times and whom I have been reading in the print edition for years. Their Twitter accounts are very funny (and quite rude) and extensions of their “newspaper column persona”.
    Like everything else, Twitter is OK if you can find a use for it that suits you. I am not interested in what anyone, celebrity or blogger friend, thinks about some of the issues you outline in your post and many other similar takes on what they see on TV, etc.

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  5. bernadetteinoz says:

    I don’t really object to twitter itself Maxine. Just to ‘proper’ news outlets using it as the source of their ‘research’ and/or as the source of incendiary statements with which to whip up ever-ready mass outrage. But I am not (quite) insane enough to think that either of those things will stop now matter how much I wish it so.

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  6. Maxine says:

    It would be nice if the world was as we would like it to be, wouldn’t it, Bernadette? 😉

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