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Just Another Worthless Tweet

February 13, 2012

Social media can be an unbelievably powerful tool for businesses, journalists, and common citizens. It can help businesses grow and connect with its customer base. It can help journalists post about the latest happenings in the world. It can help the common citizens both stay up with current events and also find their own voice. Social media can be used for so many positives but as with any other media outlet, there must be negatives that are inherent.

A friend of mine posted a picture of a front page news article in a newspaper about the death of Whitney Houston. Underneath it was a picture of American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The message of this picture on facebook was that while most of us are concerned with the death of a troubled drug addict, almost none of us are concerned about the soldiers fighting for our freedom and the right to continue to the live in the best country in the world. We focus on these artists that make millions of dollars and abuse their wealth and fame while we forget about what is happening elsewhere in the world. Even in our own backyards, police officers, firefighters, and others are risking their lives so that we can enjoy the comforts of living in a free and seemingly indestructible country.

I was flipping through twitter and facebook last night to get the latest news and sure enough, tweets about the Grammy’s were rampant. Facebook posts about Gaga or Minaj were tattooed on the screen. It is utterly disrespectful to tweet about these trivial matters while somewhere in the Middle East or in urban, suburban, and rural America men and women are risking their lives for us. “OMG, why would he wear that? What is that on her head?” They are artists trying to make themselves relevant again and in a lot of ways steal the show from the real people who go above and beyond to ensure our safety.

I heard a statistic the other day that I believe to be understated. The statistic was that a quarter of all tweets are worthless. I would contend that many more than 25 percent of all tweets are worthless. I am not a fan of “fluff” and of almost idolization of people that make millions of dollars not writing their own songs, certainly not singing on stage, and using auto-tune to correct any imperfections(there are too many to count).

My plea to all of you when tweeting or posting on facebook or whatever other social media outlet you choose is to please consider the audience and to think before tweeting. The same rule that your mother taught you, “think before you speak” applies to social media. It can be one of the greatest tools to expand your horizons or it can be the greatest fluff machine in America. Use it wisely, folks.

Thank you,

Seth

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