Seriously, watch what you tweet

Humor for a Sunday morning, from Lark News, "The Onion" of the church world:

SARASOTA, Fla. —John Royal, pastor of Peace Christian Fellowship, the largest church in the city, was long considered a pillar in the community.

Then he opened a Twitter account.

Now Royal’s random and frequent tweets are dimming his once-sterling reputation.

“We loved the idea of Pastor Royal tweeting nuggets of wisdom throughout the day,” says Carissa Black, one of several young staff members who urged Royal to embrace the new medium. “But he’s run away with it. It’s having the opposite effect we hoped for.”

Royal’s first tweets were conservative — scripture verses, previews of upcoming sermons and reminders about church events. Then, over time, his pace picked up considerably and his subject matter broadened.

“The tweets became less about wisdom and more about what he was thinking at any given moment,” says one follower. “The quality went down fast.”

Royal offered such glittering insights as, “Why can’t lite buttered popcorn be as good as regular buttered popcorn? Someone fix this!”

Then, “Sometimes I feel like I’m not in my own body but just practicing somehow.”

And, “Saw a cute dog just now. Cute.”

And, “God loves me even when I watch Rockford Files reruns until midnight.”

See entire story here.

Comments (4)

The same could be said for The Eepiscopal Cafe Watch what you post. This is hardly a newsworthy item. Why not a story on the effective use of social medial instead of focusing on the "shallow" end of the twittering pool.

Richard Lee Vinson

It's a satire, hon.

Not only is it satirical, it's lampooning the fact that Twitter is supposed to be frivolous, and that often older Americans don't "get" Twitter. There's nothing wrong with a member of the clergy tweeting funny and frivolous comments; it might actually show a sense of humor and an understanding of different modes of social media, not to mention help you get to know your priest better. It would hardly ruin his reputation, hence the joke of the article. Fear and misunderstanding of new media is one of the reasons the Episcopal church is struggling to resonate with the next generation.

I'm wondering if fact isn't getting a little too close to fiction -- or aren't there any Episcopalians who use twitter frivolously or to vent or spew venom?

Suppose you were an employee of an organization. Would you tweet about your boss or your fellow employees in a disrespectful tone?

You nod knowingly about how employers are looking at the Facebook accounts of fresh college graduates with lax privacy controls. But how low are your twitter privacy controls?

The walls have ears. The ether has bigger ears.

Do we want to confirm the adage that there's no place like the church for meanness?

(OK, I can be acerbic, too.)

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