I’ve been reading a lot about a seemingly endless blooper reel of people putting way too much information up on their Facebook, Twitter, or personal blog about the people around them. With celebrities, who have a much larger sphere of influence and with more people paying attention to what they say, this whole thing looks a lot bigger. That got me to thinking though: what is the alternative?

Yes, sure, I agree that some people should just not be allowed near a Twitter account (those people usually can’t keep their mouth shut around a camera or a microphone either). But if you were to muzzle some of these outspoken and opinionated people (celebrities or otherwise), I wonder if we would be losing something.

I like the idea of free speech. I like being able to say what I really think and not be persecuted by someone who doesn’t like it. And I think part of that freedom comes the responsibility to self censor or to at least think before opening your big gob.

But what about the people who want to hear all the crazy shit that comes out of people’s mouths? Do we lose something of the truth when we expect people to shut up? What if the whole reason we like certain celebrities is because they speak the unfiltered truth and don’t have it whitewashed through their publicist and agent first?

Little context: I was thinking all of this because I just saw an article about television shows and movie people wanting to include in an actor’s contract that they can’t tweet or facebook spoilers for upcoming episodes. This makes complete sense to me since a lot of these shows build tension from having their viewers not know what’s coming up next, and a thoughtless spoiler can ruin the fun for someone not looking for it (especially because those are the messages that tend to get retweeted).

But again, that means that you are creating a barrier between the celebrity and the viewer. It’s an us-vs.-them mentality, and one of the things I love about Twitter is that I can communicate one-on-one with my favorite celebrities (in my case writers). So what I’m saying is I don’t know. It’s an interesting gray area.

What do you think?

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