My family and I regularly enjoy watching America’s Funniest Home Videos, and over time we’ve come to recognize certain genres of clips that routinely make it into the show. One such genre is the toddler or young school kid who, often in the middle of some public performance, stops everything and announces in a loud voice, “Mommy, I need to go to the bathroom.”
It’s funny because it’s embarrassing for the parents, though I can’t say I’ve ever seen a clip of an adult shouting out the same thing. Sure, it would be embarrassing, but for very different reasons. It also probably wouldn’t be funny, except in a Jerry Lewis movie.
With that in mind, after a long flight last week from Atlanta to Honolulu, Perry Noble checked back in with his followers with this little observation:
Gotta tee tee SO bad…taking forever to get off of this plane!!!
One can just imagine the poor man standing trapped in the aisle, legs crossed and eyes bulging. Can I push past that lady? No. Can I climb over the seats? No. What can I do??? Got it. I’ll Twitter!
We’ve all been there, and I do empathize with his plight. I do. But isn’t there a kill switch on Twitter? (In radio, announcers use the kill switch to temporarily turn off the mic if they have to cough or do anything else of an embarrassing nature on the air.) Does Noble have no mental filter that asks, Should I really be saying this?
Perhaps I don’t understand this newfangled media world, but what would drive a man to report the state of his bladder to 8,000 people?
Gregg Doyel, a sports columnist for CBS, addressed a similar phenomenon with how sports stars and their fans use Twitter.
Twitter … is the new narcissism. For the sender, I mean. To wake up before 6 a.m. on a typical day, as [Lance] Armstrong did last week, and send a faceless, voiceless good morning to your “audience” … that’s the height of narcissism. You really must be self-centered to believe thousands of people are waiting to know you’re awake. But then, if you’re Lance Armstrong, you’re right. Thousands of people really are waiting….
For the receiver, Twitter is something even worse than narcissism. It’s voyeurism. And it’s pathetic. You can’t be Lance Armstrong, you can’t be his friend, but you can receive his tweets. So you do. Congratulations…
Am I sounding negative? Even petty? Sue me. Everybody has a limit, and I’ve reached mine with Twitter, which isn’t just the world’s fastest-growing social networking tool. It’s a religion, filling the hole in regular people’s regular lives. Twitter is society’s new church. It’s a personal savior. Twitter Christ….
For celebrities, Twitter is a gigantic ego stroke. It’s a game of narcissist strip poker, and you’re the thong.
Doyel started his rant after a simple “Good Morning.” Imagine what he might have said after receiving the reverend’s Tee Tee post.