Oops…There Goes that Another Tweet Again

In the process of becoming smarter than a 61-year-old woman oughta be (well, it’s almost April Fool’s), I am learning about the social media revolution and the “net generation” that is driving it (Netters are those born since 1978). The “new economy” is one that is digitally based and brimming with possibilities for savvy, enthusiastic entrepreneurs. The world of communication is wide open; therefore, the world is wide open.

The tsunami of citizen journalists, however, are learning a fundamental law in reporting: verify your sources. Just ask Spike Lee after his latest retweet-a-gaffe – which could have had a disastrous outcome. As I listened to the interview that the article linked above describes, I was struck by Mrs. McLain’s assertion that social media should have the same controls as other media. True, but impossible. To control social media, people’s hands, brains, mouths, and emotions would have to be controlled. Controlling what people say and do on social media is the same as controlling the gossip at the Garden Club, the barber shop, the corner bar, and Sunday School class. It ain’t gonna happen. Get used to it and be careful where you let your fingers do the walking and the talking.

BAD NEWS FOR THE WEEK…

If you’re a member of the Georgia House or Senate, YOU FAILED. Please read this report posted on Facebook by Chuck Williams of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Then call, e-mail, or text your representatives. What happened to the progressive state we had under governors like Carl Sanders and Roy Barnes?  Oh yes, now I remember. We elected Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal.

WINNER OF THE S.C.O.W AWARD FOR THIS WEEK

(This has nothing to do with race: the guy was Caucasian).

Tyler on Jerry Springer:

“That ain’t cheatin’ darlin’: she’s my baby’s mama…”

So now you know: I take a break, eat a sandwich, and watch Jerry…so what?

You gotta laugh to live.

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I teach...media writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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