Tuesday, February 23, 2010

With Great Freedom Comes Great Liability

Just as you may not shout "Fire" in a theatre during a performance, apparently you may not mouth-off on Twitter for fear of being taken too seriously either.

Given the way that people are taking everything written and blowing it out of proportion to look for some kind of threat in everything - I am starting to understand why Hunter S. Thompson didn't want to live in this world.  His outburst-laden style would have had him interrogated on a regular basis.

What is especially weird about this to me is that the simple fact that something was sent as a Tweet - seemed to be the thing that made the authorities take it seriously.  If it was some guy making emotional statements in the back of a taxi cab - no one would care.  If it was some guy yelling on a sidewalk in New York City - no one would care.  If it was an email that was sent from one person to all of his friends - no one would care.  But the fact that somehow in the daily tsunami of information that is millions of people tweeting - this guy stood out.

That is a little telling to me.  One can infer that there is a mass-search taking place of ALL tweets on a daily basis - and that law enforcement is on the receiving end of that information somehow.

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