Unthinking tweeters still haven’t got the message

By Amy Remeikis, Brisbane Times:

A GULF exists between social media and its function as a legal publication, the Bond University Professor of Journalism, Mark Pearson, said yesterday.

“While we might be thinking in terms of a chat with mates at the pub or cafe, the reality is, of course, that we are all now publishers every time we send a witty little comment on social media,” he said.

“And this carries with it all of the broader social responsibilities, both legal and moral.”

Much has been said about those who flagrantly disregard public expectations of decency online, the so-called trolls or cyber bullies who deliberately incite outrage through venomous comments.

But Professor Pearson, the author of Blogging And Tweeting Without Getting Sued, said that, as with every other new technology, coming to grips with the behavioural implications associated with Twitter was something users needed to adjust to… Read more


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