Can **** Tweet Jokes Ever Be Funny?

This is an excerpt from 'The Wright Stuff' on FIVE.TV (UK) 24th November 2010.
The debate is concerning the legal case of 27yr old accountant Paul Chambers regarding a throwaway comment he made on Twitter regarding the temporary closure of Robin Hood Airport in January 2010. The case has become known as #twitterjoketrial.

Panelists on the show include; Comedian Tim Minchin, Actress Tracy Ann Oberman & Journalist Hardeep Singh Kohli
You can find more about the case on the website of lawyer David Allen Green: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the...
WEBSITE INFO FROM FIVE.TV (its a bit sensationalist, but is posted to put the phone calls, texts & tweets used on the show in the context):
Can Bomb Tweet Joke Ever Be Funny?
Our first phone-in: Your thoughts on the bloke who threatened to blow up Robin Hood airport in a Tweet he says was obviously a joke. But special branch thought otherwise and nicked him for it. Now Paul Chambers is appealing against his conviction for sending a menacing communication. Which begs the question, in these dangerous times, if a bomb tweet joke can ever be funny? Maybe you think the authorities have overreacted?

President Obama: It Gets Better

“With time you’ll see that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength... There’s a whole world waiting for you full of possibilities”

The ‘It Gets Better’ Project is an online video channel founded by Dan Savage in September 2010, in response to the suicide of Billy Lucas and a number of other teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or their peers suspected that they were gay.

Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens' lives will improve.

Please show them your support.

The ‘Lympics: The Penultimate Countdown...

Its very easy to ‘have a go’ at the London 2012 Olympics, particularly if you live or work in London and are faced with council tax & business rates increases, but from day one, I have been a massive supporter of the idea.

The London Olympics of 1908 and 1948, not to mention the 1966 World Cup Final are moments in time we all still talk about, even though most of us weren’t even there. I know people keep going on about a legacy, but I can’t help thinking that just holding the 2012 Olympics in London will leave a lasting mark on the whole country, not to mention a much needed boost to East London (the Olympic Park is already looking great by the way). If I was a still a kid, I’m sure I would remember 2012 for the rest of my life.

That said, I have to admit I scoffed at the pink logo when Sir Seb presented it for the first time and I remember my huge disappointment at the lack of the cliché London skyline, lions & Beefeaters, but in hindsight, every-time I see a UPS lorry pull up outside my office with that clashing pink splodge on the side I can’t help thinking that maybe they go it right after all(although I do still prefer in it’s Geri Halliwell / brit pop Union Jack livery).
And then there’s the two mascots... they say they will be running around filming the goings on as POV cameras, and although deep down I still wish that they had bought back World Cup Willie, I have to admit that I find the concept of Wensleydale & Mordor (tm) an infinitely more intriguing prospect... Bring it on!


They’re Rubbernecking On My TV Again...

Yesterday, I followed the story of the shootings in the Lake District and like almost everyone else in the country, it left me feeling enormous empathy for the people of Cumbria.

As a tourist, I know the area very well, and what with floods, coach crashes and now this, I can’t help feeling that the people of Cumbria probably deserves a bit of a break. I have little doubt that the impact on those otherwise peaceful towns and villages will be felt for years to come.

But now, more than 24 hours on, the relentless rubbernecking of the news channels, backed up by a seemingly endless supply of repetitive, cliche ridden superlatives is surely starting to verge on the ridiculous.

Last year, I posted a clip on YouTube of Charlie Brooker’s brilliant ‘Newswipe’... which today seems to have a certain heightened resonance.

Charlie Brooker's Newswipe 25/03/09 - ©bbc