I hate New Yorker cartoons. Like Jen, I think they’re dumber than dumb, and I hate when people tell me I’m just not getting them. There’s nothing to get, people.
That said, I do often love the articles. But I’ll skip the NYer entirely if I’m even remotely grumpy. Between the cartoons and their outrageously pretentious style of putting umlauts where they don’t belong, I’d rather pick dirt from under my fingernails.
“As the conflict [over elections in Iran] continues, Twitter users are reminded that the best, most useful information to share is that which is most verifiable and hence most likely to be accurate. Retweeting biased or exaggerated accounts damages any cause by feeding a hype cycle and drawing attention away from the heart of the matter. At the very least, users should attempt to search for and verify information before passing it on.”—Twitter Postpones Maintenance as Iran Furor Builds
“That [a tiny fraction of those who use Twitter generate nearly all the content, according to a Harvard study] makes it hard for companies to use the micro-blogging site as an accurate gauge of public opinion.”—Well, duh. Also, even if Twitter usage were even across all users, it would still only be responsible to use it as a gauge of opinion on Twitter. Or, possibly and allowing for more error, of social-networking-site users. [Only a few on Twitter do the tweeting, study finds]