Stop, Think, then Tweet

Okay, by now many of you may have heard about this story, but I believe it warrants discussion.  Last week, ABC aired a new show called Whodunnit?  Essentially, it’s a reality program where contestants with investigative backgrounds are given the task of analyzing a murder scene.  The contestant whose analysis is the worst is “killed.”  So, in the course of the first episode, two people were “killed.”  Notice how I used the quotation marks…

Now here’s where some folks got confused.  Apparently after the show aired, people took to social media outlets in disbelief, asking whether two people were actually murdered as part of the show.

Yes, really.

Now, here’s my version of taking the high road.   And yes, there’s a little bit of snark on the path of my high road.

Instead of mocking people who thought that it is within the realm of possibility that a major US television network would murder citizens as part of a television show, I will take a different tack.  I don’t need to add to the pile.   From what I read, anyone who was on the business end of one of these tweets got their comeuppance and more from the rest of the world.

I’ll go a different route and suggest stopping, taking a breath, then tweeting or posting.  Have a coffee, get a soda, eat a sandwich– then get back to your keyboard or smartphone and tweet away.  Believe me, much embarrassment and conflict will be avoided. Now, I know I may be acting like a cockeyed optimist by believing that given a few seconds pause, people would do a splash of critical thinking and say, “Nah, that’s not possible.” Or “no, that’s not legal.”  Or even the mother of all possible questions– “when did the same network that broadcast Home Improvement and Full house get into the business of murder???”

Mine is a simple message.  Stop, Think, then Tweet.

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