some personal views for Catholic readers
I don’t know what that was all about - but then I don’t use Twitter. Frequently, people say things anonymously which they would be loath to say face to face. That is something we all need to guard against – not just in charity but also in justice. Perhaps we all need to revisit the teachings on Calumny and Detraction…
I don't use Twitter but U have friends who follow the "tweets" of the famous. I think "tweets" is a rather good word in this context. A lot of fatuous wittering seems to go on; and it's lapped up obviously. I'm sure Twitter and similare can and are used for good purposes such as promoting events, as Lawrence said. But it lends itself to egocentricity and narcissism too. All bullying stems from cowardice and insecurity of course, but cyber-bullying is particularly hidden and "safe" for the perpetrator. I've seen it happen on music forums and the so-called moderators are like absentee landlords! No chance of that on here :) Thanks for the post.
Oh dear. I meant of course that I have friends who follow Twitter, not that "U" do. And I truly can spell words such as similar; perhaps I need someone to bully me into using Spellcheck each time...
I think the best advice is: don't use Twitter for idle chat or gossip. Twitter appears to be very good at persuading a whole range of otherwise sensible people into a damaging cycle of tit for tat insults thereby worsening and widening what could have been a little, localised tiff. It is plainly difficult to refuse to engage with provocative and defamatory comments but I think it is the only answer. Bullying is always wrong but I don't think it is useful to suggest that one side is "guilty" and another side "wholly innocent". Things are rarely so simple.
You have to wonder with all the tweeting back and forth, texting and talking on mobile phones, when people actually get around to living a life.
I agree with Georgem
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