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Are you #winning?

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There have been three people dominating the news I've been watching this week; Charlie Sheen, Colonel Gaddafi and Rupert Murdoch. Similar in many ways. Rich, powerful and egotistical. Charlie Sheen broke all kinds of social media records when he garnered over a million followers on Twitter in a day. Rupert Murdoch's News International has been in the news all week after Jeremy Hunt's decision to allow a proposed takeover of BSkyB. And Colonel Gaddafi, well. Who knows what's happening there. All are often seen through the prism of media bias, both here and abroad. But I only follow one of them on Twitter. Can you guess which one?

I don't know why I did follow Charlie Sheen in the end. I'm not a particular fan of the textbook celebrity persecution - redemption arc. Schadenfreude isn't something I often indulge in. And I'm very cautious when the word meltdown is used in the media too. He said some stupid things, but it doesn't seem like a meltdown to me. Just seemed like a man who doesn't care any more. It doesn't really matter that he lost his job; How many execs are going to be knocking on his door to pitch some god-awful reality TV comeback in the mould of Anna-Nicole Smith or David Gest? A lot, that's how many. So, I'm justifying my following Charlie Sheen to see how normal he is rather than how wacky. If he exhibits any psychotic tendencies then he's blocked. Although I'm not sure using the hashtag #tigerblood is helping his case for sanity that much.

So that's it for this week. Slightly off-topic, but hey.

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