Eons ago, Ashton Kutcher challenged CNN in pop-culture battle. He bet that he could get a million followers faster than the
vaunted news network…and he was right. Ashton Kutcher, now about to rule a second sitcom as the replacement for Charlie Sheen in CBS’s Two and a Half Men, revealed that social media could make anybody anything, even making a television star more socially relevant than a globe-spanning news network. Twitter was now mainstream and allowed celebs to “tweet” to their throngs of fans with 140-character messages.
The tweets have been fun for many, annoying for some, and avoided by others. I myself have never been to Twitter nor read a single tweet firsthand. I waste enough time on Facebook as it is – YouTube and Twitter I can easily do without!
But now tweets are crossing the line. Rihanna, upset over the criticism of her new “Man Down” video, has responded via Twitter, tweeting her outrage and indignation.
If you are an adult with a net worth in the millions, please seek out a more formal medium for your refutations and rebuttals of criticism. Yes, I know the kids these days love Twitter and most of your fans are kids (kids being a broad term that extends to anyone under the age of 25 who still listens primarily to pop music and writes in “txt language”)…but still. Do you really want news articles on CNN (yes, the same CNN that lost to Ashton in ’09) and Time and Yahoo!News to mention how you defended your artistic integrity on Twitter?
What goes on the Internet is essentially there forever, which means your initial defenses of your artistic integrity, both now and when you’re Madonna 4.0 at age 50 in…let’s see…2038, will be formally recorded as having been made on Twitter. In txt spk.
And the parental complaints about “Man Down” in regard to it setting a bad example for impressionable young fans are only amplified by the fact that you responded to such complaints in a digital forum of 140-or-less characters at a time. Rihanna, if you are truly an artist, respect your work and defend it in a way that indicates you give a care.
And giving a care means using more than 140 characters at a time. Without using txt spk.