Latest Unsubstantiated Claim: Twitter Makes You Immoral

from the oh,-please... dept

What is it with these bizarre exaggerated claims about the "harms" associated with modern social networking tools? There was just a totally exaggerated report claiming that social networking was harmful to your health, but when you looked at the details, it didn't actually say that at all. The latest, is the claim that new research says that Twitter can make you "immoral." Really? Well, if you actually read the details that doesn't seem to be what the report says at all. Instead, it seems to note that if you only interact with people through short bursts of information, it may take you longer to recognize the emotional impact of what's being said because it's harder to spend the time to reflect. It's difficult to see how that finding is really all that new or surprising. But it says nothing about Twitter somehow turning moral people into immoral people, as the original story suggests.
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    David Lagesse, 14 Apr 2009 @ 12:40pm

    News Report: Immortal Dolphins

    Dateline: Honolulu, Hawaii,
    Reported by Kawika Keoni of the Hawaii News Network
    Today dolphin research scientist, Lopaka K. Espinda was arrested at Kewalo Basin.
    - - Escaped lion recaptured.

    Story as follows:
    Approximately three years ago, noted dolphin research scientist, Lopaka K. Espinda developed a theory:
    "If seagulls were fed to dolphins every day for a month, the dolphins would never die."
    After many failed attempts, Espinda finally got the research grant that he needed for the “Dolphin Feeding Project”.
    The Dolphin Research Laboratories, “Dolphin Feeding Project” was carried out at Honolulu's, Kewalo Basin Yacht Harbor.
    While elsewhere today, at the Honolulu Zoo the long awaited transfer of lions to the new Hawaii State Zoo on the Big Island, was taking place. After the trucks had left the Honolulu Zoo and were in-route to the airport, one of the lions escaped from the truck.
    Police, Fire, Animal Control and Zoo officials were put on alert to be on the lookout for an escaped lion.
    When the Governor was notified about the situation, he was heard to say: "I realize it is now the responsibility of the State if any one is hurt by that lion."
    It can now be reported that this was the last and final day of the “Dolphin Feeding Project”. Espinda was in the Laboratory's food preparation room preparing the last of the seagulls to feed to the dolphins, as he opened the door he was shocked to find the escaped lion blocking his only pathway out. As he later told this reporter, "I knew that time was running out and that I must complete my project now, or I will never be able to get any new funding." He also stated that he was somewhat relieved to discover that the lion was sound asleep; he then cautiously tiptoed over the sleeping lion.
    That is when the Police, Fire, Animal Control and Zoo officials arrived at the scene of the crime, the Police arrested Espinda, and the Zoo officials re-captured the lion.

    He was arrested!

    But what were the charges?


    ILLEGAL TRANSPORTATION OF GULLS ACROSS THE STATE LION, FOR IMMORTAL PORPOISES

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