Twitter tattle and the trouble with twitchforks: Great commentary here on what’s a very genuine problem.
[…] social networking militates against thinking for yourself. As the Twitterati jumps on the day’s bandwagon, we are increasingly seeing the unedifying spectacle of what’s been dubbed “twitchfork mobs” – and it can get ugly. Social media is a wonderful tool for networking and communication, but the flip side is that it encourages laziness of thinking. The need to verify information also seems to have been forgotten.
I’m automatically very suspicious of any militant bandwagon that comes through social media. Even back to the days of email forwards, my default setting was “it’s not true.” That applies even more with social media.