“…Twitter can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers. Twitter is the most awesome God-damned force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls in to the hands of the wrong people.” – Howard Beale.
This is a fictional character as well as a fictional quote, that never existed in the film Network, since Lumet and Chayefsky barely even had the opportunity to know about the internet at the time. But there’s some true in there. It is true that it can bring down powerful people and change heroes for fools. It just needs a simple comment from them to show people how they really think.
One of the most recent scandals is Alec Baldwin’s meltdown due to an article in the Daily Mail about her wife using her phone in a funeral, which ended with him closing his account due to several homophobic tweets. Event that got parodied in the Emmy Award winner Southpark.
Neither politicians are safe from this: During the 2012 election, in the middle of storm Sandy, Donald Trump tweeted: “Hurricane is good luck for Obama again- he will buy the election by handing out billions of dollars.”, not a very smart move. In case of Anthony Wiener, it prevented him of being elected as the Republican runner for the NY mayorship and destroyed his career when he uploaded by mistake a photo of his genitals.
It also can show how stupid some of they are: the famous Spanish singer and songwriter David Bisbal showed his lack of culture and foolishness several times with tweets like “The Pyramids of Egypt never have been seen so empty, I wish the revolts end soon”, in time of the Arab Spring, or the time he used the hashtag #PrayForJapan to promote his concert.
The difference with Network is that this time we are very happy to see it in the wrong hands.