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Think before you tweet

I don’t particularly like the Guardian – it’s a squat for rich socialists who love the socialist idea in a luvvy sort of way. Rich socialists is a contradiction in terms. The Guardian is a contradiction in terms full of people more concerned with the cleverness of their ideas and semantic capabilities than the objective truth. Such people shouldn’t be allowed on Twitter; they tweet first and think later. Cameron was right: too many twits… make a twat.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, was seen with his 9 year-old daughter in a book shop.

The Guardian’s Deborah Orr tweeted: “It never occurred to me that this man had had sex.” Gove’s partner and mother of the 9 year-old, replied, “Cheap”. Deborah Orr removed the tweet. But as we all know, it’s not that easy to take something off the internet once you’ve posted it. Guido found it:

orr tweet

Courtesy of Guido Fawkes

It led to a little spat between Ms Vine and Ms Orr – one that Ms Vine was always going to win because it was cheap. Ms Orr claimed she never intended to offend; but on Twitter she describes herself as ‘Sarcastist’. In the right hands sarcasm can be a rapier-like weapon. In the wrong hands it’s just cheap; but either way its whole purpose is to offend.

The moral, of course, is that it doesn’t matter how clever you think you are: think before you tweet; and if you’re tweeting about someone else, persuade yourself not to. It won’t go away once you post.

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  1. Charles Oppenheim
    October 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Your comments about The Guardian are equally cheap and crass.


    • October 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Hmm. I think your logic is a bit skewed. You can say I’m cheap and you can say I’m crass – but you cannot say ‘equally’. Ms Orr’s comments are directed at a living person, and by association at a 9 year-old child. The Guardian is an institution, not a person – so I don’t believe you can equate the two. That is just my opinion, of course.

      But ‘equally crass’ is certainly wrong. I do not anywhere use the term crass, so I cannot be ‘equally crass’.

      I do hope your profession doesn’t require academic rigour.


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