Twitter has its detractors, but one thing I can’t deny is that it is more than ‘just’ (abbreviated) words – and that’s why Paris Brown had to step down as Britain’s first youth police and crime commissioner.
This isn’t an attack on her. She’s only 17 and while she has stepped down after dumb remarks to do with drinking, shagging, drugging and gay-bashing, these are unfortunately things lots of teenagers do. I’m not sure how many of us would want our teenage ramblings in the public eye.
However, what she does highlight is why words can’t be separated from character, both on the page and out here in the real world.