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
    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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  • wilsonmja 2012/06/14 05:47:34
    Good idea
    Friggin HILARIOUS!!
  • Crate Digging 2012/06/14 05:03:49
    Good idea
    Crate Digging
    This is a fantastic idea!
  • jaydenvdv 2012/06/14 04:34:12
    Recipe for disaster
    I think that it wasn't thought out well. But more than that, this girl is an adult my most standards and she isn't educated on the world, or on being PC. Is this standard for the region or just a dumb kid
  • cmdrbnd007 2012/06/14 04:18:12
    Recipe for disaster
    She certainly is ignorant for being 27.
  • xXChemical_RomanticXx 2012/06/14 04:06:44
    Good idea
    It IS an experiment soooo. Besides, there is always one who is a baddy apple.
  • Autumn 2012/06/14 03:37:45
    Recipe for disaster
    waste of time

    Don't you have anything better to do, Sweden?
  • disclaimer 2012/06/14 03:08:05
    Good idea
    It's a social experiment. Sometimes they're bad, sometimes they're good. It's interesting. This was a bad side, but I don't think it's a bad idea in general.
  • YeahISaidIt 2012/06/14 02:46:18
    Recipe for disaster
  • Autumn YeahISa... 2012/06/14 03:39:31
  • Miles 2012/06/14 02:40:41
    Recipe for disaster
    another good idea wasted by humans...
  • mae 2012/06/14 02:36:40
    Recipe for disaster
    This one has the maturity of a 12 year old--Pre-screening might bring a better--or at least safer--outcome. It's difficult to believe this is a 27 year old woman putting this rambling example of poor education out into the Twitter universe for all to see, on the Swedish National Twitter account, no less...The Monarchy must be shaking their heads.
  • Cognito22 2012/06/14 02:21:34
    Good idea
    She sounds like a 13 year old babbling on.
    I didn't see anything offensive in her questions.
    Why would this be considered a disaster . . . what am I missing?
  • AngelaDuke 2012/06/14 02:16:55
    Good idea
    There will always be people that take advantage of the power, maybe have them fill out a questionaire and a contract before handing it over. I think its a really good way to learn about the kind of people from that particular part of the world and get a feel for different cultures.
  • Carson 2012/06/14 01:55:41
    Good idea
    I laughed after reading this.
  • Rhi-ot. 2012/06/14 01:49:31
    Good idea
    that's the point of experiments. they could end up to be great and end up showing a lot of correlations and stuff, or they could fail or turn out horribly. only way to know is finish!
    i think it'd be awesome if Canada (my country) did that
  • Adam 2012/06/14 01:48:29
    Good idea
    Its pretty interesting. The dark side? Someone might ruin that sacred space that is...TWITTER! ::GASP::.

    Yeah, I'm fine with that. Its a clever idea.
  • Kyle 2012/06/14 01:38:03
    Good idea
    I don't see what the outrage was about, she didn't say anything offensive, stupid yes, but not offensive.
  • Kari 2012/06/14 01:36:43
    Good idea
    I think it's an interesting experiment, really. And, I don't think what this woman said is incredibly offensive. If anything, all this shows is that there are uninformed, culturally ignorant people in Sweden, too.
  • Wulfdane 2012/06/14 01:14:42 (edited)
    Recipe for disaster
    It will be a disaster, because the average person is a moron who lacks the integrity to conduct themselves responsibly.
  • zionosphere 2012/06/14 01:13:23
    Good idea
    In a way, I think this is better - you can hear from real Swedes, and not just groomed PR bots. If Swedes have forgotten history, or believe in an alternate one - let's get it out in the open. I doubt her views would be that unusual for someone her age in that country.
  • John Duffee 2012/06/14 00:52:21
    Good idea
    John Duffee
    I bet people explained the facts of life to her real quick after that public spewing of her ignorance, haha.
  • John Mirra 2012/06/14 00:41:50
    Recipe for disaster
    John Mirra
    So will Sonja Abrahamsson be able to live this down, or will she be embarrassed for life?
  • guitar kid 2012/06/14 00:33:44
    Good idea
    guitar kid
  • pops 2012/06/14 00:29:28
    Good idea
    never gets boring for long.
  • zero 2012/06/14 00:14:57
    Recipe for disaster
    It IS probably a recipe for disaster, but it's an interesting idea.

    What Abramamsson said was pretty harmless, but I guess she should have known that you don't talk about the Jews. I mean, she wasn't insulting or attacking anyone, she wasn't even criticizing zionism or anything, and "there was some outrage". Ridiculous.
  • Cal 2012/06/13 23:42:27
    Recipe for disaster
    ROFL. It's almost like they set themselves up. Of course something like this was going to happen eventually. They're lucky all she said is what she did...she could have done much much worse...such as validating the nazis.
  • Haley 2012/06/13 23:31:12 (edited)
    Recipe for disaster
    Cjolbert should be the next person to twitter for Sweden!! lol too funny.
  • David Hussey 2012/06/13 23:08:19
    Good idea
    David Hussey
    I don't see where the outrage is coming from
  • MikeWon 2012/06/13 22:57:03 (edited)
  • RoseyRhod 2012/06/13 22:54:10 (edited)
    Recipe for disaster
    An interesting experiment, but then you get people like Madame White Power Nut Job here putting in their two cents worth and it all goes straight to hell. I'm sure that most Swedes do not care to be perceived as Nazis.
  • Just Jenn for Now 2012/06/13 22:41:49
    Good idea
    Just Jenn for Now
    It's plenty good. Just delete the bad tweets, ban the bad apples, and move on.

    Now if it took place in America, then that WOULD be a disaster. America is the native land of trolls. :P
  • David H... Just Je... 2012/06/13 23:09:41
    David Hussey
    No, if you are going to let the people speak, let them speak. Good and bad, let them be seen as they are. We already have enough places online where through moderation the message sent is shaped to suit one agenda or another
  • Just Je... David H... 2012/06/14 04:47:20
    Just Jenn for Now
    ... this is Twitter. There are ToS to abide. Just like SodaHead.
  • David H... Just Je... 2012/06/14 06:23:22
    David Hussey
    ToS, in regards to content, are flawed. Offensiveness is a subjective thing, and its impossible for any moderation to set their own biases aside. They more often than not end up being used to censor ideas more than they are used to prevent abusiveness. I'm for letting people say what they wish, as long as they are willing to own what they say and deal with whatever repercussions stem from it.
  • charles_1 2012/06/13 22:29:17
    Recipe for disaster
    I would be funnier if she just used the official Swedish twitter account to declare war on Antarctica.
  • sockpuppet charles_1 2012/06/13 22:35:12
    Literally laughed out loud... excellent! :OD
  • thy-lady-x 2012/06/13 22:05:23
    Good idea
    Theres always going to be a few people that screw stuff up for everyone else...and while I think her quesions are valid, she should not have done these tweets when she was sponsoring her entire country. It makes their educational system look horrible, and I'm sure it isn't
  • jas wats 2012/06/13 21:59:09
    Good idea
    jas wats
    not really, but not a "recipe for disaster" either. and "does it still have value?" It has no value to begin with!
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/06/13 21:48:35
    Good idea
    Inquisitve Kat
    Of course there are risks, but I'm inclined to think most people will post decent tweets.
  • El Prez 2012/06/13 21:36:37
    Good idea
    El Prez
    The Swedes will decide this with out any outside help.

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