My Tuppence-Worth On The 'Twitter Joke Trail'
It does seem a bit harsh to put him on trial (I can't remember his name and can't be bothered to look it up - google it) but it really wasn't a very good joke.
The consensus seems to be that people shouldn't be arrested and charged for making jokes on the internet - even not very good ones.
His 'joke' was in fact a threat to blow-up a UK airport. A joke he made on the internet. On what is pretty much an open forum. Probably not a very bright move. He should be grateful he's not being waterboarded in some third-world hellhole as we speak.
The questions raised seem to be:
"Should a person stay away from the internet if they want to joke about stuff, no matter how dubious the subject?"
Answer - no, probably not.
"Should a person stay away from the internet if they are THICK AS SHIT"
Answer - yes. In fact they should stay away from most everything. In an ideal world.