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The Next Paris Hilton?
November 25, 2009

Last week, I clicked over to the CNN home page and there, in a rundown of the day’s most important news, I saw a headline announcing that Nicole Richie had pneumonia. I immediately thought of Sarah Palin: I fully expect that, five or ten or 15 years from now, I’ll be reading a similar headline about her.  That’s not because I wish pneumonia on Palin. Nor do I think any of her future illnesses will be newsworthy--like, say, the illness of an important politician would be. The notion that she has a future in electoral politics outside of Alaska (and probably not even there) is absurd.

My Dinner With Sotomayor
November 20, 2009

Well, not exactly. Ben Smith blogs my tweet about dining two tables away from the newest Justice at the modest but nice ($20 entrees), Brooklyn restaurant Po last night. Which is not a shocker, as Sotomayor once lived in the surrounding Carroll Gardens neighborhood. She was eating with two dignified-looking women perhaps in their mid-to-late fifties--and forgot her purse, which her security detail returned for about half an hour later. For what it's worth, after nearly eighteen months in New York I've had disappointingly few celebrity sightings.

Social Media Interns at TNR
October 14, 2009

The magazine is currently looking for two college students or recent graduates who are web savvy and interested in helping TNR increase its reach on the web. Internships are unpaid but offer substantial experience in both the production and marketing of a daily online publication. Interns must be able to work in our Washington DC office, and a full-time commitment is preferred. Responsibilities include: Creating and/or maintaining our presence on various social media platforms.

Social Media Positions at TNR
September 08, 2009

The magazine is currently looking for two college students or recent graduates who are web savvy and interested in helping TNR increase its reach on the web. Internships are unpaid but offer substantial experience in both the production and marketing of a daily online publication. Interns must be able to work in our Washington DC office, and a full-time commitment is preferred.

Live, Uh, Tweeting The Climate Debate...
June 26, 2009

All right, following Jon Cohn's fearless lead, I'm trying an experiment: I'll be watching the climate bill debate in the House all afternoon and covering it on (oh yes) Twitter. Feed's at @bradplumer. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Twitter Vindicated?
June 17, 2009

Andrew responds to my complaint, citing Joshua Kucera's fact-checking, about Twitter's accuracy. Score a point for Andrew/Twitter on the specific example about crowd sizes, although I'm still a Twitter skeptic. (My sense is that many other tweets have generated a lot more smoke than light--including one I saw a couple of days ago confidently predicting a phony assassination attempt on Ahmadinejad.) I suppose that so long as people take these reports with a grain of salt there's no great harm done.

So You Say You Want A Twitter Revolution?
June 15, 2009

Just to follow up on Mike's post, it's worth remembering that the last supposed Twitter Revolution--in Moldova, in April--turned out to be not all that. From an interview Ethan Zuckerman did with the public radio show "On The Media": My take on it at this point is that Twitter probably wasn't all that important in organizing the demonstrations.

The War On Twitter--still Raging
June 04, 2009

Okay, just wanted to briefly rekindle the old anti-Twitter crusade, per that Twitter study Zubin mentioned just now. My favorite finding: “Among Twitter users, the median number of lifetime tweets per user is one.” Sounds like the people are voting with their fingers. Update: Reader I.N. writes in with this quibble: The discrepancy in "tweets" to "twitterers" is explained by my own model of Twitter use: I have never "tweeted," instead only using my account to subscribe to various news outlets' Twitter accounts.

Prophet Motive
June 03, 2009

This year, Nouriel Roubini, the economist known to the general public as Dr. Doom, Prophet of the Financial Apocalypse, spent the early hours of Mardi Gras on the floor of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. It was only 11 a.m., but the party was rollicking. Traders careened around the floor, hooting and honking, dressed as dragons and devils and convicts. Rock music roared overhead, and no one seemed to care that, by the bye, the market had tanked.

Pimp My Rep
May 20, 2009

OMG! Have you seen Episode 7 of CNN.com’s “Freshman Year”? Unbelievable. First, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (you know, the Utah Republican living out of his office) totally slams Nancy Pelosi at his birthday party, laughing about how he shares a birthday with “all the ugly people”: the speaker, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, comedian Martin Short, and that creepy old guy who played Spock in the original “Star Trek.” Meanwhile, crunchy Colorado Dem Jared Polis gets to meet Bono (!), and they bond over how much they hate wearing ties. (Funny.

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