My assistant, with alacrity, called our friends at the police department to make certain there would be no issues for the yeshiva, the students or their parents. Assured that all was copacetic, she was relaying this information to the yeshiva’s staff when...
Suddenly someone was Tweeting (or is it Twittering?) the following: “Dov Hikind – Why are you calling NYPD to shut down Log B’omer parade! Terrible to do this – you were invited!”
Indeed, I was invited, and planned to attend. Still do.
Fortunately, we were able to correct this anonymous Tweet dropper and the twits who follow him/her/it (I have no idea who the person behind this Twitter handle is… and even if I do, I’m not telling).
Our reply: “Staffer called PD to make sure special needs children can get down 17th w/o problems. I plan to attend parade.”
Was the anonymous Tweeter mean-spirited? Was this just a hasty response to something he/she didn’t understand or misconstrued? Or was there something malevolent intended in this squeaky Tweet?
The truth is, one never knows. That’s the problem with “information” and “inside scoops” from anonymous sources. Twitter—and I dare say Facebook, message boards, and even so-called “news” sites—are filled with digital graffiti artists; people with agendas hiding behind walls of anonymity.
Author Harlan Ellison once noted to one of his proteges that the Internet is the greatest villain of the 21st Century because it makes all information suspect. It makes the super information highway that much harder to travel.
But for small rodents lurking in shadows, it’s a field day.