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I am not Spartacus – any airport threat should be taken seriously, whatever the platform

November 14, 2010

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I might be the only person saying this, but I think the infamous Paul Chambers tweet (“Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!”) deserved to be taken seriously.

First, there are a lot of insane people out there. They do blow themselves up, or blow other people up. I’ve recently come back from the Taj Palace hotel in Mumbai, where they’ve taken two years to reopen the wing that was destroyed by terrorists. And right now, we’re hearing what really happened on the day of the bombings that took place in London on July 7th, 2005.

Now to me, that just reinforces how serious any threat should be taken, regardless of the platform (email, Facebook, Twitter, loudspeaker – anything). If someone says they’re going to blow up somewhere, it obviously has to get taken seriously. If any threat is not taken seriously by the government (however witty of flippant – copyright David Mitchell) and something is blown up, the government comes under attack for failing to react.

So I’m sorry to say, I don’t agree with the Iamspartacus campaign one bit. I’m a big fan of Stephen Fry, and love his travel stuff (I remember when he had a mere 13,000 followers when in Madagascar), but I think that he (or his wearesocial media agency?) have made the wrong call in supporting this campaign.

For more info, read Paul Chambers’ blog, which is subtitled “The musings of an idiot”.

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  1. Phil Clark permalink
    November 15, 2010 9:47 am

    I take your point Matt but I took the campaign to be one focused on how far one takes a threat. Fair enough that the guy gets arrested, and potentially given a police warning. However for it to reach court and for judges to find that there was a an implied threat rather than a joke took somewhat too far seems unnecessary.

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