I love Twitter. I check it when I wake up, and I check it before I go to sleep. I scroll through it on public transit, and I get my phone and/or keyboard all gunked up with mayo as I watch the progress of the world 140 characters at a time while eating lunch. I haven’t gone through tweets while taking care of business behind a closed bathroom door yet, but that’s the next frontier.
Twitter is a remarkable tool for access to athletes and celebrities in general, and more importantly to keep up with current events and your personal interests by essentially creating your own news stream. The preceding sentence should be common knowledge to the point of insult in the year 2012.
The benefits of Twitter drastically outweigh the drawbacks, but the one constant is always the guy who wants so badly to live in the year 2003, and isn’t on Twitter because he has no desire to either know what his friends are eating for dinner, or worse read someone’s inane opinion or stupid, tasteless joke. There’s plenty of that, because the world has stupid people, and therefore the Internet has stupid people. But you can easily avoid the scum distribution from nobodies.
Every so often, though, the Twitter haters are given ammunition from someone of remote significance who types something into their keyboard or phone that’s astoundingly stupid.
Meet Tony Carter, the Broncos cornerback. He went to a movie last night in Denver, and he has a funny joke for you.
Here’s what he tweeted last night before attending said movie: (via CBS Eye on Football)
“At a late night movie in Denver yall pray for me!”
That is, of course, a reference to the shooting at an Aurora, Colorado theater that killed 12 people, and injured 58 others. Carter’s teammates visited hospitals, and Peyton Manning personally called four of the victims.
Carter has since deleted his tweet and apologized for the insensitive remark, but he did that long after he reminded us that sometimes giving immature athletes access to instant communication with the Internet isn’t such a good thing.