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Newsworthiness of social media: is this story news ?


cyberianpan

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Cinnamon is a small restaurant in Dublin , which previous to yesterday was not newsworthy(bar a review or two) and had a mere 11 tweets to its name, then a frustrated staffer calls someone an ars**hole and suddenly we have national news:



Restaurant apologises for offensive tweet to customer - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 13, 2012
The staff member using Cinnamon’s Twitter account made the statement after the customer complained of having to wait 40 minutes for service and referred to the restaurant as “a pretentious creche”.
Is this national news ? Have our media become lazy ? Also is too high a standard being set for small business owners (to run it as national story post apology seems OTT) ?

cYp
 


ManfredJudge

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Now that The Irish Times has downsized to a smaller paper size they need more stories to fill the paper. :confused:
 

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No wonder the customer had to wait forty minutes, the staff were busy with their TWITTER accounts.
 

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1. Cinnamon is awesome.

2. Cinnamon is pretentious.

3. Cinnamon is not somewhere to go for a quick bite. It's somewhere to go with friends to spend a morning/afternoon.

And of course this is national news. SOMEONE DID A SWEAR TO SOMEONE ELSE!
 

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Looks like the source of the story is the restaurant themselves, who "apologised publicly 6 hours after the tweet".....
What, are they the f#ckin United Nations or something?
 

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It is amazing what you can get viciously attacked for in twitter land. Then you log off and enter the real world (sort of like leaving the matrix) and you realise that twitter is utterly meaningless in the context of reality.

To be fair to the restaurant they were strongly making the point that in the restaurant is the place to complain and not on twitter under what appears to be an anonymous avatar.
 

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I have to say I gave up on twitter as a means of judging the public perception of anything after the last general election. The amount of candidates on there that had way more followers than they obtained actual votes was just laughable.
 

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Anyone who has read the crap that the IT passes off as technology journalism won't be in the least surprised at this non-story. The problem for the IT is that real journalism costs money and rehashing something that appeared on Twitter or Facebook the other day is cheap.

Regards...jmcc
 

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I would never take notice of any critique, etc. that appears on twitter. As for here ..
 
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The old media overestimate the importance of Twitter so they cover it far more than it deserves. If that row took place on the footpath and the editor of the Irish Times overheard it would he consider it news?
 

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...so we can use this Twitter thingy to talk to other people besides Stephen Fry or Vincent Browne? They really should publicise that.....can't wait to tell my myspace buddies...
#luddite #stephenfry
 

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Anyone who has read the crap that the IT passes off as technology journalism won't be in the least surprised at this non-story. The problem for the IT is that real journalism costs money and rehashing something that appeared on Twitter or Facebook the other day is cheap.

Regards...jmcc
Agreed. Science and technology journalism has always been a disaster area in the IT, as it has in fairness in every (or at least almost every) other Irish national medium.
 

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BBC News - Viewpoint: What dangers may lie ahead for libellous tweeters

When individuals post material online, they act as publishers and their publications are subject to the same laws as those of professional publishers, such as newspapers.


This includes publications made by way of a tweet. A retweet also amounts to a further publication.


The person who retweets that material will be responsible for the content of that retweet.


In addition, the individual who originally tweeted the defamatory tweet is also likely to be held responsible for any retweets.


While this may seem beyond the original tweeter's control, this is because it is a reasonably foreseeable consequence that a defamatory tweet might be retweeted.


It is not a defence for an individual to say that he was simply repeating a statement by someone else. Just because something is out there does not making it OK to repeat.
 

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I think that twitter gets some credibility from 'celebrities', sports stars, politicians and other commentators using their real names. This small bit of credibility appears to give the media reason enough to grant an importance to twitter in its entirety, when in fact the vast majority of twitter comment is total horsesh1t.
 

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Don't we get a mention from the IT from time to time as well? I like Twitter for its instant news but it is full of vapid, shallow people talking about themselves. I think this is just the sign of the times and a reminder of the shoot first think later mentality of many web denizens. No it's not newsworthy but nor is ranting about customer service on FB.
 

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It is amazing what you can get viciously attacked for in twitter land. Then you log off and enter the real world (sort of like leaving the matrix) and you realise that twitter is utterly meaningless in the context of reality.
+1.

Phillip Bromwell carried extensive coverage on the main evening news yesterday about some euro funding addicted geek who tied a camera and a screen to a weather balloon, and breathlessly relayed pictures to the nation of him sending tweets to himself at "the edge of space".

Puke central!

What a paltry mediocre society we have become if this is public service broadcasting at it's best.
 

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+1.

Phillip Bromwell carried extensive coverage on the main evening news yesterday about some euro funding addicted geek who tied a camera and a screen to a weather balloon, and breathlessly relayed pictures to the nation of him sending tweets to himself at "the edge of space".

Puke central!

What a paltry mediocre society we have become if this is public service broadcasting at it's best.
This sounds like the early web cams which pointed at fridges 24 hours a day.
 

sic transit

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:confused: Why pointed at fridges?
No idea. I guess people go to fridges during any given day and you might expect to see something happen. The first attempt was back in 1991 and was picture of a coffee machine. Quality was pretty poor until the turn of the century. I recall seeing "fridges" for the first time around 1997.
 

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