Burger King Twitter Fight Is the 'Day Privacy Died'

World is a reality show, 'and you're the star': David Pell
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2011 1:51 PM CST
Burger King Twitter Fight Is the 'Day Privacy Died'
Whatever he's hearing will likely be posted online soon.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Catch that story about a couple arguing in Burger King that blew up on Twitter? At Gizmodo, David Pell is not amused. Sure they were arguing in public, but did they really deserve to have their spat turned into a national story, he asks in a post headlined "The Day Privacy Died." Welcome to the age of "unintended celebrity," writes Pell. "There's a new reality show and you're the star, whether you like it or not."

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As for Andy Boyle, the couple's fellow diner who tweeted all the details, he may have thought he was "listening to a marriage disintegrate," as he wrote. But "he was really hearing the crumbling of his own ethics and self-restraint," writes Pell. Can't we have some standards in this new age? Otherwise, bad judgment combined with ever-improving technology threatens to "turn every human exchange into another tawdry and destructive episode on a never-ending social media highlight reel." Full post here. (Read more Twitter stories.)

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