Packers-Bears: Social Media Unites Fans

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MILWAUKEE - Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are tweaking how we share sporting events like this weekend's Packers-Bears NFC Championship Game.

Syracuse University Media Professor Bob Thompson tells 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" that social media makes watching games like being at a sports bar with one million or more other fans.

"Because they're live events, these new technologies are really uniting to make the viewing of sports on television even more communal than television itself, maybe."

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Thompson explained that the more public way we share the game doesn't clean up the comments.

"It's not exactly like you're speaking as if you're in some kind of college seminar," said Thompson.  "The anonymity and all that kind of stuff can be pretty coarse and be pretty raunchy.  On the other hand, I'm not sure discourse at the barber shop about sports isn't raunchy as well."