Richard Dawkins is not the only one having problems with his Twitter comments. Stephen Fry announced he is giving up on his twitter account – at least for now. this comes after a twitter storm attacking a comment he made at the British Academy Awards (see Stephen Fry deletes Twitter account after Baftas ‘bag lady’ criticism for details).
However, I did enjoy his own personal announcement at his official site – (see Too many people have peed in the pool). Here is what he has to say about what the Twitter community has become:
“To leave that metaphor, let us grieve at what twitter has become. A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know. It’s as nasty and unwholesome a characteristic as can be imagined. It doesn’t matter whether they think they’re defending women, men, transgender people, Muslims, humanists … the ghastliness is absolutely the same. It makes sensible people want to take an absolutely opposite point of view. I’ve heard people shriek their secularism in such a way as to make me want instantly to become an evangelical Christian.”
Really, it amazes me that people can take Twitter seriously as a source of information – especially seriously enough to demonise a person.