Editorial on Cutthroat Tweeting

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Growing up I was one of those kids in school that was bullied and I kept telling myself that when I finish school bullying would end.

Unfortunately in the era of technology that is not true. You can look anywhere on the internet and social media, whether it be Facebook or Twitter, there are countless examples where one person can criticize another without any repercussions. The reason for this is partially due to the sense of anonymity online. Another reason for this is because some people feel that they are superior to others. Believe it is true for those who are also involved in the same field.

Let's take a look at weather forecasting, for example you don't have to look too far to see a Twitter war erupt over a seemingly harmless tweet. Many of us "tweet" weather information to try to warn and inform the public of impending weather and meteorologists and forecasters alike are very quick to criticize one another. Let me pose this question, what does this accomplish? Unfortunately it does not accomplish much, but rather it makes people look at the person who is criticizing another, as a person who views the other person as a threat.

Another interesting thing online is vaguely tweeting something and using terms that are not necessarily calling out someone by name but is closely related to that person. Well your thinly-veiled attempt is not really a good way to gain much respect, but rather it fuels what is already a hostile environment online.

So before you press that tweet button ask yourself, is this helping anyone? If the answer is no, or you have to second-guess yourself, maybe you shouldn't be tweeting it.

After all why can't we just be friends?



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