As I have already suggested in ‘#twaddle’ (20th March 2014), ‘twit sh*t’ is entertainment-plus. A form of voyeurism it may be, but narcissists are always great value, and Twitter is stuffed with them. The stupidity of the legions of ‘tweeters’, ‘tweeps’ or ‘tw*ts’ (as I prefer to call them) knows absolutely no boundaries. Space may be the final frontier, but cyber-space really knows none.
Of course, rightly or wrongly ‘tweeting’ can get you into a f**k load of trouble if you aren’t careful. You have to remember that people are offended by the slightest thing these days, so you have to take that into account before launching your 140 character words of wisdom. Whatever liberal democracies and ‘human rights’ say, ‘free speech’ really doesn’t mean you can say whatever the f**k you want. If you tweet your ex-girlfriend once too many times, or joke about blowing up an airport when your flight is delayed by 18 hours, you can find the police turning up unexpectedly at your front door. Besides the criminal possibilities, plenty of people are waking up to the fact that an ill-judged ‘tweet’ can leave even those with supposedly the highest IQ’s fighting to keep hold of a job, as Geoffrey Miller, an associate professor of psychology and tenured faculty member at the University of New Mexico discovered late last year after ‘tweeting’ “Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth.” Miller, obviously realising fairly quickly that this might just have some repercussions with those who pay his salary, initially tried the twitter users old favourite; namely, that the ‘tweet’ didn’t reflect the views of his employer. Of greater concern to his employer, it seems, was the fact that he also tried to pass the ‘tweet’ off as ‘scientific research’. He was later censured “for misrepresenting to his department chair and colleagues the motivation for a tweet he published.” [Huffington Post, 7th August 2013].
As a matter of law, it is pretty obvious by now (or should be) that those ‘tw*ts’ – and there are plenty of them out there hopelessly addicted to this particular form of attention-seeking – who are trying to fireproof themselves from the sack in the event that they say ‘the wrong thing’ by adding to their ‘bio’ the rider ‘All views are mine’ (or similar) are just wasting their time and precious character-count.
But on another level, what does ‘All views are mine’ actually mean? I mean, if you write something, whose views do you think you are expressing? You wrote the f**king thing! They’re your views! Who else’s could they be? John Lennon? Clark Gable? Norman Wisdom? If you are writing words, they are your views! And if you were in fact told by the CEO of the company you worked for that you were to use your personal Twitter account to write and publish a message which had been written down by the CEO himself verbatim, why the f**k would you need a disclaimer? The company itself, in the form of the CEO, had instructed you to write it, so you don’t need to rely on a disclaimer to avoid getting fired!
Anyway, look at it this way. So you write a ‘tweet’ that gets you the sack. If what you said genuinely reflects your views, and your employer doesn’t like them, why the f**k would you want to work for them? If it doesn’t reflect your views, then you are f**king insane for publishing something to the world that you don’t believe in, and deserve the f**king sack! For that reason, I regard anybody that puts a ‘disclaimer’ on their bio as not only ignorant of the legal effect of it, but also borderline shifty.
By the way, all views expressed above are mine. Unsurprisingly.