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Posted on Sat. May. 17, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT


Stop tweeting and start talking to each other

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Have you noticed the ridiculous new trend on many television shows where you can now “tweet” with the cast and crew in real time while watching the program?

I don't know about you, but I have a hard enough time concentrating on what's happening on the 36-inch screen in front of me without having to continually glance at the 7-inch screen on my lap to see what the “stars” had for lunch while filming that episode or how much fun it was working with so-and-so as a guest star.

Please, if someone can explain to me the allure of such nonsense, by all means write to me. Don't tweet. Write! Use the language skills you learned back in school to compose a complete sentence.

You remember school, don't you? Back when the number sign was for numbers and a hashtag was the price label stuck on that concoction of corned beef and potatoes your father picked up at the supermarket and fried up nice and crispy and served with a fried egg in the middle — until your mother pointed out that one meal contained more than half your daily recommended dose of fat and cholesterol. But I digress.

I understand why someone might want to follow a news channel on Twitter. I personally can wait until the evening to turn on the TV and catch a quick recap of the day's events. But if you need to know what happened seconds after it occurred, fine by me.

What I don't understand is the need to follow celebrities or worse yet, self-proclaimed celebrities, who are, by far, the biggest “twits.”

C'mon, people, get a life. Talk to your spouse or parents or children or, heaven forbid, real-life, flesh-and-blood friends. Stop living vicariously through other people's fantasy lives and have a face-to-face conversation.

Mike Marin is a cranky curmudgeon who, when he’s not yelling at kids to get off his lawn, likes to complain about the sad state of popular culture, especially as seen through a TV screen. His email address is marinat This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.

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