Tag: Twitter

#AskSCOTUS

 

mrjusticetwitterAmid all the bad news on Twitter this week — especially including all the recent Supreme Court decisions — something wonderful happened just the other day. E. L. James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey, opened herself to questions.

Among the wonderful responses she received:

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For this week’s installment of the pink police state blues, you can read Mr. James Poulos himself, the first & possibly last poet of the pink police state. He’s saying, we’re ruthless–we sometimes care more about abstract ideas than the people in front of us. I’m writing because I’ve been talking to an American friend […]

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‘The Bride at Every Wedding, the Corpse at Every Funeral’

 

As Troy Senik noted earlier, the music world lost Blues great B.B. King yesterday. Fans around the world shared thousands of photos of the legend and videos of his performances. Then our president did something he always seems to do when a great man or woman passes on: he tweeted a photo of himself.

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Did you read this? Of course not, you’re sensible men & women! But I did. Great credit to the race I am, I know. A very silly woman very indecently was staring at a guy’s Twitter–there were days when a young woman would not be staring at a man’s Twitter, I know, but those halcyon days are […]

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Chris Morse is a Twitter acquaintance, so I don’t want to pick on him . . . but — when anybody starts a series of tweets lecturing white guys about their closed-mindedness. . . Even if a character isn't your particular race or gender doesn't mean you can't relate to them. We need to realize […]

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The Sociology of #ShowUsYourFridge

 

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 11.48.08 AMA couple of weeks ago, an app called Meerkat was introduced at SXSW in Austin, Texas. It quick became the talk of the conference, and politicians and celebrities became high-profile early adopters. This past Thursday, Twitter responded with the release of Periscope. I read in a couple of places that Twitter wasn’t 100% ready to release Periscope, but the viral success of Meerkat forced its hand.

Both apps do the exact same thing: allow users to broadcast live video from wherever they are in the world, via their smartphones or tablets. As you can see in the picture below, the only real difference is the look of the apps. Twitter users can watch, comment on, and rate the live feeds.

Just hours after Periscope was released, an explosion (likely from a gas main) caused a building to collapse, injured many inside, and killed two. Being that it happened in New York City, the home base of most United States mass media — and since New York is always a terror target — the story was widely covered on the networks. But it also quickly became a good reason to download and use these apps.

When Game Show Hosts Attack!

 

I’ve spent a lot of time on Twitter during the past year. I tweet silly things, political things, sports things. It’s just a hodgepodge of random thoughts (actually, that might very well define Twitter), and about 70 thousand “followers” pay varying degrees of attention to what I have to say. Every now and then, something will hit a nerve (usually the political stuff), and it will be picked up by activist websites and retweeted, bringing in a number of messages along the lines of, “Shut up, you [colorful expletive], and stick to spinning a wheel on your [colorful expletive] show.” If enough Twitter users get excited about it, you start “trending,” meaning that you’re among those things being most talked about in the Twitterverse at that moment. I’m struck by the intentional obtuseness of many of those who respond; an obtuseness that allows for a kind of faux outrage. It’s a bit of a catharsis, I guess, allowing people to think they’ve struck a blow for one thing or another.

I mention all this because of what happened on Monday night. I began receiving a large number of tweets from people who were watching Wheel and saying it was the funniest episode ever. I checked it out and found that it was a show we had recently taped in Hawaii. It was something we called “Best Friends Week,” and the game was played by teams of—you guessed it—best friends. On that particular show, one of the puzzles was “SEEING A BUDDY MOVIE.” (See what we did there? Best Friends week. Buddy movie. Kind of thematic.) Anyway, we had entered our speed-up round where teams call letters and get three seconds to solve the puzzle. A team of two gentlemen called an “N,” and as that one letter appeared and their three seconds were ticking away, one of the men made a half-joking guess: RIDING A BROWN HORSE.  A wrong answer, obviously, but a funny one. The next team called a “G” and, much to my surprise, guessed RIDING A WHITE HORSE. Big laughs ensued, and I turned in mock disgust and walked from my spot toward the beach. I returned and, again, with everyone laughing, including the players, I feigned exasperation and shouted, “Who said anything about a horse?” I had to agree with the tweeters that it was a very funny moment.

Pat Sajak at the Center of a Twitstorm

 

SajakI’ve always thought that Twitter has two functions: (1) as a quick & easy forum for companies or public figures, and (2) as something akin to a comedy convention: a place to shoot off your funniest one-liner in less than 140 characters. I only go there for the hilarity, and one of the funniest Tweeters is Ricochet’s own Pat Sajak. Unfortunately, some very self-serious internet dwellers are taking one of His recent tweets very seriously.

Witness the Power of a Fully Functional Hashtag

 

Russia is invading its neighbors, China is expanding its claims over the western Pacific, and Islamic militants are terrorizing Syria, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria and other nations. But fear not, America: President Barack Obama has ordered his forces to deploy high-yield tactical hashtags across social media.

As the administration drastically cuts the U.S. military, the State Department’s Jen Psaki launched a brutal fussilade of tweets at Vladimir Putin, complaining that Moscow wasn’t living up to “the promise of hashtag.” Today, a pouty Michelle Obama is facing down Nigeria’s murderous Boko Haram with a hashtagged photo uploaded to Instagram.

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Over the weekend, lefties on my Twitter feed offered smirking links to a report that Canada’s middle class has surpassed that in the U.S. I was genuinely confused. What point did they think they were making? What polemical advantage did they think the news gave them? I know, I know: they feel vindicated because this […]

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