Software developer, Chartered Accountant, philosophy graduate and (occasionally) rationalist. Good Grief, Linus is to reclaim the Peanuts character Linus Van Pelt for reason. He is the brightest child in the comic strip but also strangely spiritual, bible quoting and pumpkin worshiping. Note that he is often seen with a security blanket.
Jack of Kent has blogged about an amusing sequence of events on Twitter yesterday, starting when @GillianMcKeith responded impetuously to a Goldacre fan; go there for an amusing tale that casts light on modern manners in the internet age.
The encouraging thing is the way that, in an electronic age, evidence can be uncovered which details someone's potentially nefarious activities - and it's nigh on impossible to cover those tracks.
The worrying thing is the way that, in an electronic age, evidence can be uncovered which details someone's innocent, but private, activities - and it's nigh on impossible to protect one's privacy.
There are various tools available to make one's online presence less traceable, but that becomes moot when one is commenting in person. Incidentally, although it's not clear that Gillian McKeith made the comments on the Twitter account above, it's clear that it has been held out as an official Twitter for her, with links from her official website, and surely a reasonable person must conclude that her organisation is at least responsible. Although, perhaps the website is an elaborate hoax of which she is unaware too!