Writing Can Be Murder

October 24, 2006

The power of today’s text

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 7:52 pm

Earlier this week I read an article about a girl who was threatening to commit suicide via text messages. She went so far as to give a countdown via text messages. Her attempt was not “successful” instead of killing herself she rammed her car into incoming traffic, killing a mother of three. Her text messages will be presented as evidence when she stands trial for murder.

 Also this week, I heard another story about a woman using a computer in a school library. When she was done she did not log out of her email account. Someone sent an insulting message to EVERYONE in her address book. Needless to say, the woman had a lot of apologizing to do.

 Have you had any text mishaps?

I once felt like the world’s biggest idiot when a magazine editor I was working with wrote, “please call me Linda”. Eager to land the assignment I quickly typed back, “I’d love to, but I don’t have your phone number”. I swear I could hear her laughter echoing in my computer.



  1. That made me laugh out loud! I would do something like that.

    Comment by Cyndi — October 24, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

  2. Just last week I emailed my friend John to ask him where the heck he was because I’d been trying to call him for days to no avail (only the language was a bit, ahem, coarser). Only I messed up the aliases and actually sent it to my editor John. Oops.

    Comment by Kate Perry — October 24, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

  3. Cyndi — You seem to make a habit of laughing at my misfortune….

    and Kate — THANK YOU! Glad to know I’m not the only one who manages to insert my virtual foot into my virtual mouth!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 25, 2006 @ 8:48 am

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