Olympics and Twitter / Oil and Water
I’ve been thinking a lot about civility lately. You know civility, derives from being civil, and involves being part of a civilization. We are rapidly becoming a #FAIL in this area. I don’t think we know how to behave in a civil manner anymore, especially when people find themselves on a global stage like Olympics
Just take the Olympics and Twitter, which only began this week. I can’t count the number of times people have gotten themselves in trouble via Twitter, just at the Olympics. We have Lolo, Hope Solo, Guy Adams, an alleged Greek racist, and a couple of others.
All this has taken place in just a week of athletes with little self control being able to speak directly into the public eye. It might be time to stop.
Guy Adams is a reporter. He got in trouble for the questionable decision decision of publishing a business email address for an NBC exec on his Twitter feed and telling people to share their thoughts with the guy. The case has stirred the fickle ire of the blogosphere, and his account has now been sheepishly reinstated by Twitter. I don’t like what the guy did. I think it crossed a line. He’s not reporting news, he was trying to make news and get attention.
I don’t think this is what reaching out on Twitter to talk with other people. Stop it people!
Here are links to the various Twitter series if you want to read them in full.