I’ll admit that, for the longest time, I was exasperated by the Twitter hype…
Then my eyes were opened. A few months ago, I was one of 12 judges for a MacArthur grant program in Chicago. As we looked over one particular application, someone asked, “Hasn’t this project been tried before?”
Everyone looked blankly at each other. Then the guy sitting next to me typed into the Twitter box. He posed the question to his followers. Within 30 seconds, two people replied, via Twitter, that it had been done before. And they provided links.
The fellow judge had just harnessed the wisdom of his followers in real time. No e-mail, chat, Web page, phone call or FedEx package could have achieved the same thing. I was impressed.
“After 8 years of bashing President Bush during wartime, the Far Left Hollywood hypocrites are finally ready to rally around the Commander and Chief. Their video starts by stating “They say that the job of President of the United States is one of the loneliest jobs in the world.” …For some reason this didn’t bother them when Bush was president”—Gateway Pundit: Hollywood Hypocrites Finally Ready to Support Their President
“If you receive an unsolicited e-mail communication claiming to be from the IRS, forward the message to email@example.com. Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may also be forwarded to the FDIC at firstname.lastname@example.org.”—State Attorney General Notification
24 is all about drama. Bauer looks at the Senator, and says (and I paraphrase) “Don’t give me that smug look. These people who try to attack us don’t play by your rules. I did what I had to do in order to protect the people of this nation and I will answer to them.” Bauer is quite unrepentant in his beliefs that while he did break the law, he did it to protect the citizens of the country and he does not apologize for it.
Spam fighting would never be the focus of an episode of 24. It’s not quite that glamorous. But the philosophical issues Bauer brings up are valid—if anti-spam fighters start engaging in dubious tactics to shut down nefarious spam operations, how apologetic should they be? Should they (we) even sink to a level of questionable ethics?
“On the day of the conference I received a call from Pastor Rick, and before I could say anything, he told me what a fan he was. He had most of my albums from the very first one. What? This didn’t sound like a gay hater, much less a preacher. He explained in very thoughtful words that as a Christian he believed in equal rights for everyone. He believed every loving relationship should have equal protection. He struggled with proposition 8 because he didn’t want to see marriage redefined as anything other than between a man and a woman.”—Melissa Etheridge: The Choice Is Ours Now
“A reader suggests that members of Congress should wear uniforms, like NASCAR drivers, so that we will know who their corporate sponsors are. Many of those in Congress should also wear logos representing the teachers’ unions, environmentalist extremists and other special interests.”—Random Thoughts by Thomas Sowell