November 27, 2012

Twitter PR wheel

I noticed recently that everyone from the Guardian to the Independent are talking about this Twitter spat between Jenny Johnson & Chris Brown. Admittedly, I’d only learnt who Jenny Johnson was today because of this. She’s a US comic writer, and her 345,000 Twitter followers proves that lots of people enjoy tuning in to her witty 140 character micro-blogs. I mean that’s nearly as much as Caitlin Moran. Maybe she’s the American version of Caitlin Moran.

Now, I’m a HUGE fan of these loud female writers. I secretly want to be one.

However: I am not a fan of Twitter arguments. It’s like having an argument in your front room and rigging up speakers and a live webcam so your neighbours could get an earful – and potentially millions of random people on the Internet too. I think the correct phrase is to  ‘air one’s dirty laundry’ in public which even in this age of modern technology is still frowned upon.

So let this be a lesson to us all – let’s not slag off people on Twitter. It just makes you look a bit immature. Even if it’s funny and (in this case) a pretty valid point. I don’t really want to post the actual tweets on my blog as they hurt my eyes. I don’t know whether it was an accidental tweet that spiralled out of control (and subsequently got Chris Brown’s Twitter feed suspended) or whether it was a bit of strange PR. Yes, vulgar tweets make headlines, but is it really the headlines you want to get? Doubt it.

Either way – let’s keep things decent on Twitter, yeah?

  • I like Jenny, I’ve been following her a while. I find her quite funny. In this case, even if her words were harsh, I think she was right. I find it outrageous that Chris Brown is still able to be a successful recording artist and celebrity after what he did. This is not the usual celeb partying and taking cocaine, this is someone who actually hit a woman. I don’t understand how he can have female fans defending him. There are no excuses for physical violence. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was or if Rihanna is over it. It just sends a horrible message to society when a woman abuser remains successful and admired. As for Twitter, I have no doubt he’ll be back! His disappearance, if anything, seems like a PR trick to me.

  • Hey Sascha thanks for your comment, i hate him too, but i just think Twitter is the lowest form of having an argument for celebrities! Agree with what you’re saying about no excuses though.

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