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Scary Headlines

Shelvia Dancy of Eyewitness News reports that "Drivers Turn to Internet, Twitter to Avoid Traffic Jams." Her report about the Tennessee Department of Transportation's website and Twitter account didn't include information about where drivers could turn when they Twitter right through a stop light or into the path of a speeding semi.

Ho! Ho! Bang!

The holidays are here, that wonderful time of year when the media goes out of its way to barrage shoppers with incredibly obvious crime prevention tips. This week's tip comes to us courtesy of The Commercial Appeal, which warns: "Don't Make Vehicles into Display Windows for Criminals, Shoppers." On a related note, Fly on the Wall would like to remind holiday shoppers not to wear see-through pants.

Madaus Files

Fox 13's Scott Madaus says the darndest things. This week he opened his report on the perils of social networking with this hardboiled, if not entirely accurate, observation: "In the world of online socialization, some call it a dark world of insecurity." He was paraphrasing Ellen Watson, a source he identified as "a big dog in the world of information technology at the University of Memphis." Watson actually says social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are risky because "there are too many opportunities out there for things to go wrong."

Crazy Good

Instead of disappearing after the special Memphis mayoral election, @fakemongo, an often brilliant Prince Mongo impersonator, just kept on Tweeting the funny. For those not in the loop, Fake Mongo (from the present) is now in constant contact with Mayor Mongo (from the future), and Mayor A C Wharton (from City Hall) may want to pay attention.

"Just appointed my new Time Travel Action Committee," @fakemongo writes. "Told them I need some fresh ideas on my desk by no later than June 1973."

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