Dunno if you guys in the US are up to speed on the Twitter joke trial, a classic collision of new technology, post 9/11 paranoia, witless judges, and a hapless victim. Here’s one of our leading comedy scriptwriters on the warpath back in May.
The conviction was upheld on appeal!
Here’s a geek carefully setting out what’s all stupidly, stupidly wrong about the verdict (h/t Felix Salmon). In the meantime everyone over here is tweeting the text (with hashtag iamspartacus) that got Paul Chambers into the courts, landed him with a fine, and trashed his career.
The protest seems to be widespread. Join in, it can’t hurt. I’m not a big fan of Twitter but it might even be enough to make me emit my first ever tweet.