Thursday, July 2, 2009

Yet Another Reason Not to Tweet

"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." --Ambrose Bierce

So, did you hear about the Twitter feud between Alice Hoffman and and The Boston Globe literary critic Roberta Silman? Rather than go over the whole sordid tale, it's probably enough just to know the following occurred after a lukewarm review in the Globe:

"[Hoffman] came out swinging, calling reviewer Roberta Silman 'a moron,' quickly moving on to 'idiot,' then expanding her repertoire to dis the newspaper and the city of Boston itself. But the real jaw-dropper in Hoffman's two dozen plus tweets on the subject was her suggestion that 'If you want to tell Roberta Silman off, her phone is [Silman's phone number and email address]. Tell her what u think of snarky critics.'"

Ouch. You know that has to be embarrassing. Knee-jerk responses are rarely good, especially when put out over the world wide web.

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