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article imageHollywood exec to Internet, media: 'Tweets are not news, people'

By Andrew Moran     Dec 27, 2012 in World
Beverly Hills - Donald Trump. Rupert Murdoch. Piers Morgan. Pat Martin. What do these four men have in common? They tweeted a lot over the past year, but is it news? According to one anonymous Hollywood executive, it's "not news, people."
A lot of celebrities have said and done weird things on social media, especially Twitter, in 2012. From rants to odd photographs to confrontations with the general public, anytime a newsmaker of the day or a politician tweets something controversial or turns some heads, it’ll be sure to make the daily news.
Some individuals get into hot water over their tweets too.
Canadian New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Pat Martin had to sign off from Twitter over his constant vulgar Tweets, mostly directed at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.
Following President Barack Obama’s reelection victory, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump went on a tirade and called for a revolution. “He lost the popular vote and won the election. We should have a revolution”
World Wrestling Entertainment Champion CM Punk told a fan on Twitter to “kill yourself” because the individual was being homophobic. This made news all over the dirt sheets and made its way onto some entertainment outlets.
An unknown Hollywood executive published an op-ed piece in The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday in which the author told the general public, the news media and all of Twitter’s users: “Tweets are not news, people.”
Essentially, the writer stated that we all should stop following the likes of Ke$sha and Trump, unsubscribe from news outlets that feature too many celebrity-related tweets and forget clicking on articles that publish photos of Kim Kardashian’s butt.
“Tweets are not like bees, which go away if you ignore them. They are more like the mosquito: A little harmless bite can itch for weeks,” wrote the anonymous author. “Tweets are not news, people. They are what we choose to focus on instead of news. They are proof of how truly insufficient the culture in which we all now live is. And who needs to look at that every day? Shouldn't we all be looking at something else?”
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