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Dan Lyons, on the Anthony Weiner twitter photo scandal
This story came through our inbox last night as “roasted weiner.”
Twitter CEO @dickc, commenting in response to the New York Times’ Bill Keller’s #TwitterMakesYouStupid thought experiment. The McLuhan line he references goes like this: “It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.” Marshall McLuhan was a smart cookie in the world of media theory.
Does anyone know how we can fix our Tumblr page so the Twitter links on the left-hand panel actually work? Imagine it’s a tweak in the code, but honestly have no idea. This is what happens currently…we just get ol’ DenyBird, that freaky fowl.
The recent State Department “travel alert” for Europe proves once again that bin Laden can rely on his enemies to spread his message for him, writes Christopher Dickey .
The lede from his story “Tweet the Press”:
My editor had just stepped into my office to discuss a new assignment. The NEWSWEEK brass is interested in Twitter, he told me, but they’re looking for an original way to cover it—which is where you come in. OK, I thought. Fine. For a youngish reporter like me, this is standard operating procedure. We are expected to understand things like technology, the Internet, and Justin Bieber’s hairstyle. But as my boss got more specific about the sort of story he wanted, I began to worry. “I’m thinking you should write a ‘Twitter profile’ of Michele Bachmann,” he said, referring to the outspoken, ultraconservative Republican congresswoman from Minnesota who has accused Barack Obama of being “anti-American” and asked her supporters to “slit their wrists” and be “blood brothers” to defeat health-care reform. “Fly up there, follow her around, tweet as you go. Then we’ll publish an annotated version of your Twitter feed in the magazine. Could be kind of fun.”
It didn’t sound that way to me. In part I was reluctant because I wasn’t much of a Twitterer at that point, and despite my relatively recent vintage, I didn’t think I could learn the language—ALL those RTs! @s! #s! bit.lys!—in time to pass as a native. Also, I happen to like the old-fashioned way of reporting—with a pen, a pad, and an imaginary fedora perched atop my head. But what really frightened me about the concept of a “NEWSWEEK Twitter profile” was the very real risk of personal and institutional embarrassment that went along with it. Believe it or not, we NEWSWEEKers know what you’re saying about us out there. That we’re obsolete. That all of our remaining subscribers are dentists. That we lose $28 million a year and are about to be sold to an Israeli billionaire who will inevitably replace the entire staff with IDF robots. To me, it seemed like the wrong time to launch an experiment designed to make us look “with it.” “Breaking! From Deathbed, NEWSWEEK Discovers Twitter. Next Up: Bel Biv Devoe.” I was not eager to be eviscerated by the Awl.