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Should athletes be able to Twitter? July 29, 2012

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Professional athletes have used Twitter since its inception to communicate with their fans more directly. As the Olympic Games have demonstrated, though, the choice sometimes backfires. Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled from the games in London shortly after she posted a tasteless joke suggesting that mosquitoes with West Nile virus in Greece would have “home made food” because of the rise of African immigrants in the country. Additionally, American hurdler Lolo Jones was criticized after posting – just days after the horrific shootings at a Batman premiere in Colorado – that Americans would surely win the shooting competition.

For more on athletes’ use of Twitter, watch the following story from ESPN:

Discussion Questions:

1.  What benefits do athletes and other celebrities get from using Twitter?

2.  What are the risks of these public figures using Twitter?

3.  Should athletes be able to Tweet? Why, or why not?

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