Tweet Reports

Tweet Reports

    I am sorry, I know I am old, as in fuddy-duddy. Anyone as old as me knows exactly what that means. Stuck in the past, set in his ways, its always worked, why change it?Yeah, I’m that guy.

When did social media become a means for reporting? When did it become a substitute for… oh, I don’t know…journalism? You know, the kind where you research a story, including actually interviewing someone. Stick a microphone or recorder in someone’s face and see what their reaction is to some really tough questions and then tell me about that!

Today this is the story.

A man is accused of killing his wife. He was arrested early this morning with a blood on his hands, an axe, duct tape, bone saw and some plastic. He was headed up the hills in his SUV with her body in the back.

Here’s what he had to say about the whole ordeal:

Cut to the social media feed…

Uh, I didn’t do it. I was washing my car. I was feeding my cat. It is really sad that I am being profiled for…fill in the blank.

Here’s a newsflash for all the news savvy people. We are who we want to be on the social media page. Of course, I didn’t do it. Unless it was a good thing, then, hell yes! I did it.

It gets worse. The rest of the report is about what everyone else thinks, again quoting the social media blurbs as if journalism is now subject to interpretation by all of the rest of us.

Don’t get me wrong. This is social media. I get it. I like it. We all have our opinions and I want to hear all of them.

Just not when someone who went to college and presumably earned a degree in journalism is reporting something to me.

Next time I write a story, I will just use tweets. No need to do the actual work.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When I was seven, I opened one of those little Golden Books (Lassie) and started copying the words down on paper and it set my soul on fire. I have been writing ever since. I don't know where this is going but I invite you along on the journey.
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5 Responses to Tweet Reports

  1. Just Joan says:

    He was washing his car and feeding his cat? Like, right before he killed his wife? What a nut job. Anybody with half a brain knows if you’re going to haul the body and dump it, you should wash the car afterward, not before. Doesn’t this guy watch TV, Tim? 🙂

  2. timkeen40 says:

    Yes, crazy right? But the media of the day will post that just like it’s relevant.

    Thanks for reading…

    Everybody go to Just Joan…Good stuff there.

    Tim

  3. It also numbs us to what is actually happening. No real connection.

  4. prenin says:

    No doubt he’ll claim to be from a broken home… :/

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

  5. timkeen40 says:

    Thanks for all the responses. I love it when I hear from you guys. Thanks Jane and Prenin.

    Tim

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