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Controversial call creates social media firestorm

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Monday night's controversial call at the Packers-Seahawks game created a social media firestorm.

Fans, commentators and players took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their opinions. Communications experts say it's proof the Internet is changing the way we interact.

According to one social media search engine, there have been close to 150,000 tweets about the Packers in the past 24 hours. Many of them were about Monday Night Football's controversial call.

Social media professionals say that response is proof the communication world is changing.

"That conversation is going to happen whether you are involved or not," said Andrew Stoner, assistant communications professor at UW-Stevens Point. He said Twitter and Facebook are impacting relationships between fans, players, and NFL officials.

"People didn't wait to go to work tomorrow to complain about it," said Stoner. "They were tweeting about it last night for certain as soon as it happened, as soon as the game ended."

And sites like Twitter have given players a platform for their opinions, too. For example.. Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang started tweeting just minutes after the game ended, writing, "Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed."

Lang also posted several expletives and dared the NFL to fine him.

The results of social media are immediate. Stoner said such a direct response can have benefits and drawbacks.

"Once it's out there, it's out there, and you have to own it," said Stoner.

Just like the league has to own up, too.

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