Tech Tuesday: Chris Brown spawns another case of celebrity Twitter stupidity
BY ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
11/27/12 at 7:05 AM
Twitter can be an amazing tool for spreading useful information and networking.
It can also become a way for celebrities to inflict massive damage to themselves almost instantly.
Hip-hop artist and dancer Chris Brown is the current case in point. On Sunday, comedy writer Jenny Johnson made fun of one of his tweets, saying - actually I can't repeat it in a family newspaper, but the gist is that he has really aged due to being a horrible human being.
Brown, in yet another move that may drive his publicists to alcoholism, responded to her by being, well, a horrible human being. Again I'm having to choose how to paraphrase this very carefully, but Brown somehow thought that the best possible response was to very publicly imagine Johnson and her mother in a variety of random sexual and scatological situations.
Keep in mind that Brown, before he deactivated his Twitter account, had 11 million followers. That's not exactly the best way to build up the hype machine for his new duet with Rihanna and get people to forget he pleaded guilty to assaulting her.
This episode is definitely the loudest in recent memory, but it's hardly the only one. Far, far too many college football players get themselves into trouble by tweeting something stupid, and the past election had plenty of politicians trying to use poorly thought-out tweets against their opponents.
And of course people have been getting in trouble for awful social network posts and misdirected emails since shortly after the Internet was plugged in. You'd think that after these nigh-countless stories people would realize they need to take a moment to filter things before posting them, but it continues.
Initial Wii U sales fairly good
Nintendo's new Wii U console - yes, it's an entirely different console, not just a tablet controller for the Wii - sold 400,000 units in its first week, which includes Black Friday. Pretty darn good, though the Wii sold approximately 476,000 in its first week, according to the NPD Group.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said the difference was due to shortages.
I'm hoping to write a review of the Wii U in the near future, though I'll wait until all the promised streaming services are up next month. Especially "TVii," an app that promises its users that they can control, record and interact with TV and movie programming using the tablet. Video game systems aren't just about video games anymore.
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