Just when I start to doubt social media’s muscle — (which happens when I garden) – something such as Sunday’s late-night announcement of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden’s death makes me believe again.
I was at work when the speculation started about Obama’s announcement, throwing in my ridiculous two cents, and watched as the news of Osama’s death evolved from 140-character rumors and bronzed soundbites into full-blown confirmed reports — all long before Obama took the lectern.
Right now Obama is arguing with his speechwriters about leaving in all the "I," "Me," and "My."—
'Jim' 'Treacher' (@jtLOL) May 02, 2011
Today, my Facebook feed, which is usually rife with Sunday night blues, dinner plans and high school reunion pics, is a welcome illustration of democracy: The mostly joyous status updates alternate between pointed-but-restrained praise for Bush’s post-9/11 efforts and nearly arrogant predictions of Obama’s 2012 victory. One or two friends have noted, rightly, that even after Osama’s demise, the United States will still have more enemies, and more than a few are quoting Mark Twain: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” A quick check of that quote shows me that it’s also all over Twitter today. Oh, maddening crowd.
Also on Twitter, there’s more celebrating and, of course, the news of the day: the quick-and-dirty posts that show who’s getting the facts fastest. I’ll have plenty of news to read when I go into work tonight, so until then I’ll enjoy a lighter perspective.
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The Demi and Ashton Foundation’s new “Real Men” interactive campaign begins this week, using A-listers such as Justin Timberlake to educate the public about the child sex trade in the USA.
Certainly it’s a cause more worthy than, say, aiding a Kardashian or a Real Housewife — the foundation’s efforts to raise awareness aren’t without merit. But doesn’t there seem to be a huge disconnect here between the very serious subject of child sex slavery and the flippant tone of the ad’s script?
The Onion News Network has a spot on Joe Biden’s role as spokesman for Hennessey. Washington news site Politico even makes a cameo.
“Sensual. Powerful. Biden.”
In the interest of fair and balanced satire, the spot mentions Dick Cheney’s endorsement of an industrial-strength weed killer.
As of this writing, the video had 162,968 views.
I thought I had posted this already. Oh well. Better late than never.
TBD, a website covering news and culture here in the metro area that is Disneyland on the Potomac, has officially gone live.
The letter from the editor (who would be one Erik Wemple) promises “an aggressive news-filtering machine” that lets D.C. metro residents access an area news feed just by entering their zip code. Wemple also admits all the kinks aren’t worked out just yet and asks the readers to bear with them as they grow.
I was sorta psyched for them until I read they have three reporters devoted to the Redskins year round.
Oh well. Good luck to them, anyway.
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I'm an editor and writer with certifications in public relations and e-Commerce. I also have a background in information technology. (In another life, I was a systems analyst.)
When I'm not editing copy for USA TODAY, I write an occasional short story or poem. My work has appeared in Calliope and the feminist journal So to Speak, and I'm a regular flash-fiction contributor to Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Also on occasion, I interview editors for The Review Review, a comprehensive guide to literary journals and the people who produce them.
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