Three different examples to showcase my thinking, but what holds them all together? The obvious answer: unintelligent gits, but let's leave them be for a moment.
Each story combines communication, social media and law.
Exhibit A: The Facebook death threat example is quite straightforward. If you utter death threats in social media or in a pub you should expect action.
Exhibit B: Hockey fans in Boston abuse a black player and tweet derogatory comments in general after he scores a sudden-death winner to eliminate the Bruins from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
This example is a little more complex as Twitter profiles can be somewhat anonymous and people deleted tweets and even accounts after realising their mistakes.
My questions: what would happen to a fan that shouts racist comments in the arena? How much personal information should Twitter be obliged to give to law enforcement agencies to try and hunt down people hiding behind anonymous handles? Should the ISP be responsible to give Police addresses and phone numbers that are being racially abusive?
Exhibit C: Ched Evans has been convicted of rape and has been jailed. Following his arrest the name of the girl he raped was 'released' and is now being abused by incensed fans and other players. Without going into too much detail this is against the law as victims have privacy rights. Since Ched being locked up a teammate has been suspended by his club after he branded the victim a 'money grabbing little tramp'.
My questions: Once the girl's name is released should people on Twitter (re-tweeting for instance) get in legal trouble? How should Twitter respond? Should it block tweets with her name? Or should it reveal account details to law enforcement agencies when people tweet? And what if they're in different countries?
I'm not saying become a lawyer or a 'communicator' (marketing person) but I am thinking that it would be worthwhile to spend a little time and effort (set up an rss feed) to understand how digital life and law is progressing.
At the very least you could get a job explaining things to older people.
Or if all else fails, join the thousands of self-proclaimed life coaches, motivational speakers (ahh, ahem... cough, unemployed people) on Twitter.