Speaking Point: Twitter feuds are all the rage across the social media network. It’s the latest collision between voyeurism and personal conflicts.
People are actually taking their disagreements to the Twitter site, playing out their conflict for everyone (who is following) to see.
We are living in a voyeuristic world as has been exemplified by the long standing popularity of “reality TV.”
Twitter feuds are just the next generation of this type of "reality television" experience.
Speaking Point: What’s more "real" than viewing the "real-time" conflict between two or more people right there before your eyes on your very own computer?
Speaking Point: That’s why it is no surprise that celebrities find this phenomenon perfect for both their quarreling needs and their careers.
Speaking Point: Celebrities keep their fan base engaged by playing out real life drama while creating their own reality TV show...It’s invasive, intrusive, exploitive and manipulative and everyone loves it.
Speaking Point: Even non-celebrities are finding Twitter as a perfect way to communicate their conflicts, too! It gives a false sense of courage to confront others...saying things you would never say in person and doing it in front of your personal world, while hiding at home behind your computer screen.
Speaking Point: Depending on how many followers you have and how many are following your foe, the “buzz” created by letting the world into your conflict only adds to the drama you are in and the need for validation that you are seeking.
Speaking Point: Twitter feuds are dangerous and Twitter is NOT the venue for conflict resolution...these feuds breed a false sense of courage and make it very difficult to maintain a sense of integrity in your attempts at resolving your conflict.
Speaking Point: But....Twitter feuds sure do make for great reality TV!