Thursday, September 26, 2013

Guy Tweets Comedian He's Watching Is Bad. Comedian Punches Tweeter

You hear so much about the perils of social media, how you shouldn't put provocative, too personal stuff on Facebook and Twitter and such because it could damage your career or make you lose friends.
Did comedian Dan Nainan punch a guy
in the audience who was heckling via Twitter?  

Apparently, it can also get you punched in the face by a comedian in a club. 

According to the Washington Post, journalist Josh Rogin, a foreign policy writer for the Daily Beast,  was in the audience as comedian Dan Nainan performed his act.

Rogin wasn't impressed and Tweeted from his spot in the Washington DC comedy club.

Rogin's criticism wasn't all that brutal.  Here's a couple of his Tweets:

"Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad GWB impression.

"Dan Nainan makes his umpteenth joke about how Asians can't distinguish between letters "L" and "R". Election, erection, we get it."

Nainan saw the Tweets, went into the audience, and punched Rogin, according to the Washington Post.  Nainan's charged with simple assault.

Rogin, and me for that matter,  are surprised that a comedian would go to such lengths to punch somebody heckling via Twitter. Rogin wasn't even yelling out his barbs, as is customary in comedy clubs.

Does this mean if somebody doesn't like this post and Tweets his disappointment, I should track him down and punch him? Probably not. Besides, my feelings aren't as easily bruised as Nainan's apparently are.

What's Nainan thinking? "Sticks and stones may break my bones but nasty Tweets hurt my feelings to the point of making me want to commit an assault?"

I'm also struck by the fact somebody watching a performance, Rogin, would live Tweet while the performer monitors the Tweets to the point of tracking down the culprit. (Granted, there were several performers that night, and Nainan must have found Rogin's Tweets shortly after he left the stage)

Where will it lead us? Will we go to live performances of anything, not to watch a performer do his or her thing, but live Tweet about the performance. And the performance won't consist of acting, comedy or music, but somebody sitting on stage with an iPhone responding to Tweets from the audience?

Sounds a little boring to me. But if you disagree, please don't punch me, OK? I might not be too sensitive, but my nose sure is.

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