Man, this summer is full of terrible Twitter gaffs. Geraldo Rivera and his imprudent selfie, Dr. Phil the other day tried to be provocative and get feedback for his show by asking “If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her?”, and today I read that Thomas Gibson of “Criminal Minds” is the “victim” of catfishing. (From the Urban Dictionary: A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.)
Robin covered selfies the other day. I think most of us can agree these may have been fun and harmless when first discovered, but, like most things humans get hold of, have turned bad.
Dr. Phil asking a question to get feedback for his show is understandable, but just blapping it out there without an explanation was foolish. I know you’re limited 140 characters but have some common sense. Or use a medium better suited to the task, doctor.
As for Thomas Gibson, the story said he was enticed into a two-year relationship with a person (and we have to say person because catfish aren’t truthful about much of anything) claiming to be a porn star. He even engaged in the selfie route during the course of things. That last line of the story is the saddest: “The actor is estranged from his wife. The couple has three children.”
I waste a lot of time on Twitter. I’m told at every turn authors HAVE to be on Twitter. I’m rethinking Twitter.
Who’s with me?
Take care–Susan Kaye.