What is going on in the UK? The place is turning into a police state but its citizens don’t seem to care.
The latest Orwellian nonsense to come from my home country is the arrest and imprisonment of a frustrated airline passenger who no doubt like the rest of the country was going a bit stir crazy due to the relentless snow that’s brought life to a standstill in the UK for the past 2-3 weeks.
So this guy sends a tweet saying that if the airport isn’t reopened he’s going to blow it up. Rather than do any actual police work, the cops just lock him up and confiscate his computers. No evidence of any real threat, just a dumb tweet. I know we’ve got to be careful about terrorist threats. I grew up in the UK when the whole country was at the hands of the IRA so I get it, but come on people, at least search his house to see if he actually has or has handled any explosives before you run his life into the ground.
Frustrated Passenger Gets Arrested for Tweeting Airport Bomb Threat – Paul Chambers – Gizmodo.
Now we all love Twitter. How else would I know when half of you are eating dinner or walking the dog?
Time (the magazine) has obviously stopped taking its meds. They are trying to decide between Twitter and “the economy” as “person” of the year! Ok, now they’ve done many oddball things in the past to give this meaningless but attention getting stunt more impact. I don’t mind them redefining the language to allow a social networking service as a “person” but it would be nice if they’d pick one that at least didn’t fail like a whale (or in Time’s case, maybe it should be jump like a shark?)
Twitter: Time’s ‘Person’ of the Year? | Epicenter | Wired.com.
The second incident in a week that has strained the internet’s infrastructure almost to it breaking point. Following the Iran stories of last weekend, the news of the sudden death of Michael Jackson brought site after site to a grinding halt as fans and the public rushed to their favorite web sources to find out more. Read more…
With Iran exploding under their noses the major news networks (in the US at least) were powerless to do little but sit back and watch it happen. With the activities of their correspondents cut short by the Iranian government all the likes of CNN could do was turn to social networking for its information. Read more…
According to Neilsen Online, a company who measures internet traffic and sells the data to advertisers, Twitter users are a fickle bunch. They assert that 60% of people who sign up for Twitter don’t return to the site after a month. Read more…