Be Less Excited About Hillary Clinton’s Twitter, Please
June 11, 2013
Hillary Clinton joined Twitter on Monday. The political press and the feminist Twittersphere (many of whom moonlight as semiprofessional Hillary groupies) all but had to sit on their hands to contain their excitement.
The Myth of the ‘Twitter Police’
June 02, 2013
What a Washington Post story gets wrong about online outrage.
"Perhaps Culture is Now the Counterculture"
May 28, 2013
On May 19, New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier spoke at the commencement ceremony of Brandeis University, addressing the graduates as "fellow humanists." Here is a text of his talk.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's tweets, with their casual use of black English, demonstrate how assimilated he was.
Foursquare's Struggle to Remain Relevant
April 30, 2013
At TechCrunch conference, CEO Dennis Crowley says his app is about more than mayorships.
The Delete Squad
April 29, 2013
Right now the rules of what you can—and can't—say on the internet are being rewritten by twenty-something tech executives. Cross your fingers.
Facebooking Through Tragedy
April 17, 2013
When disaster struck nearby, I logged off Twitter for a different kind of news.
Newspapers in a Time of Need
April 16, 2013
Boston's papers shined after Monday's bombing. Then again, so did social media.
The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution
January 31, 2013
Andy Carvin, "the man who tweets revolutions," logged 1,000 tweets a day about the uprisings of the Arab Spring. He says social media helped him understand events better than he would have if he'd been there. His triumphalist online-journalism memoir makes it clear that he missed a lot along the way.
How Do You Stop Racism on Twitter?
January 31, 2013
France wants to prosecute people who write racist tweets. America prefers a different approach: vigilante justice. Neither one will solve the problem.