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Observations of a patriotic progressive historian, media critic & former journalist


  • By the author of The Conservative Resurgence and the Press: The Media’s Role in the Rise of the Right and of Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present. A former journalist with a Ph.D. in journalism, history and political science, McPherson is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association, a board member for the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media, and a professor of communication studies at Whitworth University.

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3 Responses to “The early Tweeters get the worms”

  1. Gabrielle said

    *insert involved comment vis-a-vis ‘idle hands, devil’s playthings, etc’ here*

    *cough*

    yeah, anyway.

    to my amusement, ashton kutcher has promised his followers that if he reaches a million followers before CNN does that he will ding dong ditch ted turner’s mansion next time he’s in town.

    also, YES TO LESS SEXTING STORIES. i realize relevant reporting is important, but not when it just seems to be fanning the flames and/or using the flames to make money. it’s JOURNALISM, not CAPITALISM.

    i apologize for the random capitals, i’m feeling annoyed at another writer in the blogosphere (that i found through twitter, incidentally) that semi-condescendingly thanked me for contributing a comment to his blog, then said that my comment showed how we have become ‘blind to the pitfalls of technology in education.’ so far he hasn’t responded to my somewhat incredulous reply, “…what?! if you think so, then respond! don’t just tell me i’m blind, hold my elbow & show me what i’m missing!”

    geez.

  2. cwcomment said

    Even with the freedom of social media political parties still need to use the power of small-to make sure that every member, spokesperson, and supporter is on message. Every tweet, blog post and primetime comment is a little piece of the overall image.

  3. […] regularly denigrated “anti-social media,” especially Twitter (also here, here, here, here and here). I have proclaimed that I would avoid Twitter, and for five years or so I did. But this […]

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