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Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Featured, Media | 4 comments

Tweets, media and rape

A particularly questionable tweet from the Washington Post raises the question: what makes a tweet go bad?

The problem is that media organizations are looking for numbers – clicks – because they are easily measured. So social media teams are rewarded for behavior that leads to shares and click-throughs.

But to do that, the tweet or status has to tease.

If it actually answers a question, well there’s no need to read any further, is there?

On Monday, someone on the Washington Post social media team wrote a click bait tweet about rape. I found it disgusting behavior, and a lot of other folks did, too.

What do you think?

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  • ShannonLeee

    Society has blurred the line between entertainment and reality. When no longer just use entertainment to escape reality. We now live in entertainment worlds that become our wished reality. It is no surprise that we now describe the most horrendous circumstances with the flare of a TV commercial.

  • sheknows

    A soap opera cliff hanger…tune in next week. This is journalism?? I don’t think they even considered the topic. All they wanted was to hook the reader.
    A rape is as good as a murder as a scandal as a court decision as a traffic violation……
    The insensitivity and callous judgement of the media is apparent every day. WAPO is no better than Newsweek.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    I remember when the drive time DJ’s said Condolizza Rice [sp] should be raped. They were taken off air for it. WIll be interesting to see what/if regarding this instance.

  • Thanks, ladies, for the response. My husband gently chided me for writing into the wee hours and getting only three hours sleep — but he understands that sometimes I can’t sleep because I have to write.

    I need to see what, if anything, the Post has done in follow-up.

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