A Tweet of the Times

A Utah prison has conducted what will most likely be the last official execution by firing squad in the United States.  However, what should have been a story about society continuing the barbaric practice of the death penalty, has instead turned into one of on a perversion of social media.  For the first time ever in the United States,  the first execution was announced via twitter by the attorney general.  Just so you know that wasn’t an error, the attorney general of Utah tweeted an execution.

The idea of using a social newtorking site to communicate news of this nature is extremely ghoulish.  I understand the desire to send out the news as quick as possible, but couldnt issuing a formal press release online be enough?

This is not the first time something like this has happened.  I remember how the execution of Sadam Hussein was leaked onto YouTube, and was as disgusted by that as I am of this. The internet and all of the modern communications that come from it has been a great boon to our society, however it is a double edged sword.  While it allows people to organize and communicate on a scale never before seen in history, it also has created a calousness and sepeartion of the communicator and the message.  Further proof of this is this calousness is that 15 minutes later he tweeted

We will be streaming live my press conference as soon as I’m told Gardner is dead. Watch it at www.attorneygeneral.Utah.gov/live.html”

That is 15 minutes after tweeting an execution, he tweeted a link to his press conference.  I worry about the trend we are going in.  Will family of fallen soldiers find by email?  Will doctors give you a terminal diagnosis via a facebook status update?  I use hyperboly of course, but seriously, twitter?

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