A red line for tweets

Heads of state routinely use Twitter to communicate sensitive and important information. Using Twitter to do so is exceedingly inappropriate and undignified. Last week, alone, President Obama took to Twitter to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks while David Cameron used Twitter to express his thoughts and feelings about a UK journalist who was beheaded. By using this form of communication, the dignitary diminishes the gravity of his words by turning his message into a 140-character-or-less slogan. And if he can’t fit his message into that limit, he overflows onto a second follow-up tweet, as Cameron did this week. It is completely adolescent. Would a person send a half-written condolence card with the other half of the message sent on a second card? What kind of shoddy communication is this? Don’t citizens, no less the families of loved ones who have died at the hands of savages, deserve better? And shouldn’t important messages be devoid of...(Read Full Post)