Jul 09

Twitter affords more emotional than rational thought

Top English footballer Darren Bent just got himself in trouble for Tweeting his feelings about his proposed transfer to another club. There is something the same and different about this.

Same: Famous people say stupid things in public all the time. This is no different than saying things you will regret in TV interviews or in magazines.

Different: Twitter affords more emotional than rationale thought when compared to other media. I doubt Bent would have said “Seriously getting p***ed off now” in an interview. People often don’t think about their audience because they can’t easily see them.

For the record, the account no longer exists.