One Nation Under God With Liberty And Tweets For All
Ricky Gervais doesn't do Twitter as he so glibly told Big Think this week. John McCain's tweets can't seem to get beyond his ranting crusade against earmarks — and science. But finally, one journalist is rebutting people who say Twitter is the last refuge for the bored and inane by finding a legitimately interesting and useful purpose for the microblogging service.
Wichita Eagle reporter Ron Sylvester has been using Twitter to go where cameras cannot—inside the courtroom. He's microblogged several cases but just recently tried it in federal court during a trial of members of the Crips indicted on racketeering charges. While 140 words probably wouldn't suffice for the closing argument, Sylvester was able to live blog the minutiae — and only the minutiae — of a trial that would otherwise have been headlined first in the mainstream media.
Courts have always been squirelly about allowing technology into their hallowed reaches, but J. Thomas Marten, the district judge in the Crips case, says tweets are no big deal. He always tells jurors not to read media reports about cases they are weighing, and that goes for Twitter too. "You either trust your jurors to live with the admonishment, or you don't," he told the AP.
Sylvester seems to have nailed one of Twitter's potentially great uses—taking us behind closed doors in real time and providing reporting to public at large. That at least makes up for some of the people tweeting non-stop about walking their dog.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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