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Sweden's Twitter Experiment: Good Idea or Recipe for Disaster?

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For the last nine months, Sweden's official Twitter account (@Sweden) has been handed over to a new citizen each week as part of a social media experiment. But this week the experiment took a turn for the worse when 27-year-old Sonja Abrahamsson took the reigns and began tweeting about Jewish people, circumcision, nazis, and the holocaust. Yeah...

Abrahamsson wrote, "I just don't get why some people hates jews so much. Where I come from there is no jews. I guess its a religion. But why were the nazis talking about races? ... Once I asked a co-worker what a jew is. He was 'part jew,' whatever that means ... Whats the fuzz with jews. You can’t even see if a person is a jew, unless you see their penises, and even if you do, you can’t be sure!?" Needless to say, there was some outrage. But does this reflect poorly on Sweden's experiment, or does it still have value?


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  • McGill 2012/06/13 14:35:38
    Good idea
    McGill
    +13
    On a whole i think it was an interesting idea but their are always that one person who will ruin it for them all.

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  • Dan Zellman 2012/06/14 15:15:14
    Good idea
    Dan Zellman
    +2
    I think that reveling our true nature will, in the long run, benefit humanity. You can't fix what you don't know is broke. I think Sonja hit a home run with that question. I would like to hear the answer from the Pope who, last year, absolved the Jews of the killing of Christ, a Rabbi of my faith. Nobody ever mentions the 6,000+ other Jews nailed to crosses on the roads into and out of Jerusalem. For 2,000 years, the children of the rebellion of Rome have been murdered for that crime. There must be a lot of souls in Hell for this crime as well.
  • KrSpo 2012/06/14 15:14:55
    Recipe for disaster
    KrSpo
    You will always have atleast 1 radical right or left in every crowd. Once they get control of something, it is hard to turn back the clock.
  • Dan Zel... KrSpo 2012/06/14 15:27:35
    Dan Zellman
    People get radical when they think their future is at stake. We are deciding whether we are going to keep on being a Constitutional Republic or change to a Corporate Oligarchy. Some change is not good for us. Some are even willing to commit treason for it.
  • Mellow KrSpo 2012/06/14 16:05:59
    Mellow
    I do not think she is radical, just uneducated.
  • Dan Zel... Mellow 2012/06/14 16:38:02
    Dan Zellman
    I didn't either. I only wanted to help her understand the consequence's of not being involved.
  • Mellow Dan Zel... 2012/06/14 17:03:11
    Mellow
    Opps I was actually responding to Krspro... but I do agree with you.
  • lagrenouille 2012/06/14 15:13:23
    Good idea
    lagrenouille
    if they want a social experiment like this things like this are going to happen, its part of research, thats why I say it's a good idea
  • Dave Ruble 2012/06/14 15:11:17
    Good idea
    Dave Ruble
    +1
    All views should be able to be voiced if we are to be free. Ignorance must be exposed if we are to grow as a people. The benefits outweigh the discomfort of reading nominally cogent positions.
  • Digman14 2012/06/14 15:09:39
    Recipe for disaster
    Digman14
    +1
    I would have rather said "pointless". I really don't give a crap about some 27 year old Swedish woman. Her beliefs are hers, and I'm really surprised Sweden would do something so... I can't even find the word for it.
  • zombiekitten87 2012/06/14 15:04:49
    Good idea
    zombiekitten87
    But they probably should have screened before and after. When you're letting someone, I don't know, represent a nation, you need to be careful.
  • nightcrawler2005 2012/06/14 14:58:31
    Good idea
    nightcrawler2005
    +1
    Good Concept. I don't think she meant anything racist. I just don't think she's very bright.
    Maybe they had better vet the candidates in the future.
  • silverhorn 2012/06/14 14:49:01
    Good idea
    silverhorn
    Great idea! Love the experiment.
  • AnneFS 2012/06/14 14:44:26
    Good idea
    AnneFS
    For entertainment purposes alone, Good idea.
  • heirsoftheking 2012/06/14 14:42:10
    Recipe for disaster
    heirsoftheking
    +1
    Sweden isn't exactly the brightest nation on earth.
  • Kaley G... heirsof... 2012/06/14 14:50:39
    Kaley Gilbert
    +1
    What makes you say that?
  • heirsof... Kaley G... 2012/06/14 16:40:20 (edited)
    heirsoftheking
    Nothing against Swedish people. I have Swedish friends on my Christmas card list. But it's their government that isn't so good, just like we have wicked people in our government.

    Sweden has done two dumb things during my life time: During the Fuel Crisis of the 1970's they outlawed driving on Sundays - if I lived there how would I get to church? (What the Swedish government did was a deliberate attack against God and his church.) And Sweden was one of the first nations to legalize gay marriage. Since I know God detests the practice of homosexuality, (which is lust, not love), He has to object to gay marriage, too.
  • Artyom ... heirsof... 2012/06/27 18:53:09
    Artyom Belan
    -----if I lived there how would I get to church?

    Ever heard about public transport?) It actually is present in Europe)
  • Mellow heirsof... 2012/06/14 16:07:23
    Mellow
    Why would you say that?
  • heirsof... Mellow 2012/06/14 16:40:41 (edited)
    heirsoftheking
    Nothing against Swedish people. I have Swedish friends on my Christmas card list. But it's their government that isn't so good, just like we have wicked people in our government.

    Sweden has done two dumb things during my life time: During the Fuel Crisis of the 1970's they outlawed driving on Sundays - if I lived there how would I get to church? (What the Swedish government did was a deliberate attack against God and his church.) And Sweden was one of the first nations to legalize gay marriage. Since I know God detests the practice of homosexuality, (which is lust, not love), He has to object to gay marriage, too.
  • Mellow heirsof... 2012/06/14 17:20:11
    Mellow
    That doesn't make them unintelligent, it makes them non religious. This does not make a difference to me as I am not a Christian, and if I was a Christian and church was that important to me, I would just hop on a bike, or walk.

    I did not drive for much of my life, and that was even while having children. If I had to go to the grocery store, i would put my tykes in the tandem stroller, and I would walk a mile to get there, do my shopping, tie my groceries to the handles, and shove some in the basket underneath and walk the mile all the way back, which by the way that stroller got pretty darn heavy with two children and all that stuff in it. I was taught if there is a will there is a way. All I had to depend on was myself and my own two feet and I made it work.

    I do not care if gay people get married, because I am not a Christian, and I figure if God does exist in the way the bible describes, he will take care of it... light all of us on fire or whatever. So... yep.
  • Marianne Mellow 2012/06/15 08:16:33
    Marianne
    I would not say non religious, but more tolerant and more open-minded.
  • Mellow Marianne 2012/06/16 05:49:40
    Mellow
    +1
    I agree, but the fella above felt that Sweden was attacking God.
  • Marianne Mellow 2012/06/16 06:09:32
    Marianne
    One can't but smile about such answers. Thank you for your support.
  • Mellow Marianne 2012/06/16 06:19:26 (edited)
    Mellow
    +1
    Jag stöder mina svenska bröder och systrar alltid.

    I will always support my Swedish brothers and sisters!
  • Marianne Mellow 2012/06/16 06:56:24
    Marianne
    +1
    I am not Swedish, but I visited Stockholm once and I liked it and the friendly people there very much.
  • Mellow Marianne 2012/06/16 06:57:29
    Mellow
    +1
    Yeah, they are nice people. :) I bet they liked you too!
  • Marianne Mellow 2012/06/16 10:38:47
    Marianne
    I think they did as friends of other countries do; I have correspondents in many different parts of the world.
  • Mellow Marianne 2012/06/16 14:31:49
    Mellow
    +1
    I think that is great! You seem like a lovely person.
  • Marianne Mellow 2012/06/16 21:15:45
    Marianne
    +1
    Thank you for your kind words; you too seem to be a lovely, open-minded person. I appreciate my contacts very much indeed - a couple from Asia called me lately over fb to say hello.
  • Mellow Marianne 2012/06/18 04:55:28
    Mellow
    +1
    You are welcome.
  • PO'd Whitey 2012/06/14 14:38:36
    Recipe for disaster
    PO'd Whitey
    +1
    Never twitted, nor facebooked...and never will. Stupid waste of life!
  • Bro. Be... PO'd Wh... 2012/06/14 14:48:52
    Bro. Bezoomny Koshka
    +12
    And yet you have a SodaHead account??
  • Eli Joh... PO'd Wh... 2012/06/14 17:34:25
    Eli Johansen
    lol, you are absolutely right Marine!
  • Gandalf 2012/06/14 14:34:46
    Good idea
    Gandalf
    Hoppas dom ger stafettpinnen vidare till Johanna Sjödin...
  • glen Gandalf 2012/06/14 15:31:15
    glen
    what?
  • Mellow glen 2012/06/14 16:09:40
    Mellow
    +1
    He says that he hopes they keep giving the baton (ie twitter account) to Johanna Sjodin. He must like her.
  • Marianne Mellow 2012/06/14 18:06:14
    Marianne
    +1
    Thank you for translating; Johanna Sjödin seems to be a popular and sexy model and artist in Sweden. Why not ask a politician like Gunilla Carlsson?
  • Mellow Marianne 2012/06/14 18:10:47
    Mellow
    +1
    Hey, maybe they will.
  • Marianne Mellow 2012/06/15 07:31:04
    Marianne
    +2
    They had and have plenty of bright people in Sweden, and of course, in every country.
  • glen Mellow 2012/06/27 15:53:42
    glen
    Thank you !

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