Think Before You Tweet Part Deux

People, people – have we already forgotten what I said about the Internet being forever?! I am afraid so, based on one 14-year-old Dutch girl’s tweets to American Airlines over the weekend.

Sarah A.K.A. @QueenDemetriax_ posted a fake terrorist threat against American Airlines on her Twitter account, tweeting the following at the airline:

@AmericanAir hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye

The airline promptly responded with the following:

@QueenDemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.

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Sarah then begins to freak out, while simultaneously being jubilant about her increase in Twitter followers (typical 14-year-old girl reaction I’d say). She even tweeted “Okay today was the highlight of my twitter days.” I mean, are you kidding me?!

Well, SHOCKER ALERT, turns out it is actually not smart to tweet fake terrorist threats! Who woulda thunk it? Sarah has since been arrested and her Twitter account has been suspended. But, luckily Storify has screenshots of all her tweets here.

I really don’t know what to say about this, but I’ll repeat myself once more. The Internet is forever. For.Ever. Even though Sarah deleted her tweets and even though her account is no longer in use, Storify captured her tweets and they will forever be available for people to search and for people to remember Sarah’s lack of judgment.

And, it’s a reminder that if the Internet finds something to be a big deal, the world is going to have to react. Even if her threat was fake, because there was so much attention surrounding it, it would’ve been a crime not to arrest her, for if such a threat had been dismissed as fake and had become real, there would’ve been a great deal of blame passed around.

So, like I said in talking about Stephen Colbert, think before you tweet. Think before you post anything on social media or online. While most of us would know not to make such a distasteful joke like Sarah, I am sure there are times when we have tweeted or posted questionable or risque things. Don’t do it. People can screenshot that in seconds and it can haunt you for eternity. So think before you post, and really, just don’t be dumb.

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A Political Affair…with Netflix

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but there is no end in sight for my love affair with House of Cards.

If you don’t know what I’m referring to here, I am somewhat concerned, as you are missing out on what I will boldly call one of the greatest television shows of all time. There, I said it.

House of Cards is a Netflix Original Series, meaning that all episodes are released on the streaming service (at once) and you only hold the keys to this series if you are a Netflix subscriber.  

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House of Cards is a present-day political drama set in Washington, D.C. that tells the story of South Carolina Congressman and House Majority Whip Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). The show revolves around Underwood’s scheming and conniving plans to seek revenge on those in Congress after he was passed up for the Secretary of State nomination. There is so much more to the storyline than that, but I don’t want to reveal too much, as I assume that after you read this you will start watching the show.

House of Cards received nine Primetime Emmy Nominations last year, as well as four Golden Globe nominations. The show earned the first major acting award for an online-only web television series when Robin Wright (Claire Underwood) won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. 

If the awards don’t speak highly enough of the show, let me, a politically un-savvy gal, do the talking. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about politics (I know, I know, I’m terrible), but this show has made me want to learn – seriously! The show, although not based in fact, has inspired me to become more politically aware, and I think that says a lot. So, take that people who say TV makes you dumb!

Season 2 of the show went live on Valentine’s Day and I’ve never felt more loved, by someone I’ve never met no less. Thank you, Netflix.