Thursday, June 18, 2009

Howard Weaver: "The Twittered revolution in Iran is nothing like what we had in '68, man!"

Former McClatchy VP Howard Weaver slammed NYU professor Clay Shirky for saying Twitter catapulted the Iran revolution onto the world's stage, and literally the whole world is watching.

I think it's fantastic that we have Twitter and other sources, and like cellphones (and faxes before them) social media surely are wonderful tools for self-organizing response.

It takes nothing away from those facts to call "b*******" on his contention, however.

The 1968 Chicago riots were carried live on all three American television networks for an audience of at least 50 million people in this country alone.

There are about a million Twitter users.

Come on, professor.

Don't criticize the real thing, man.

Note to Howard -- Some of the photos and info that have been Twittered from Iran have been seen by hundreds of millions of people, thanks to the multiplier effect of being broadcast by cable news, newspapers, the BBC, blogs, etc. (Too much bad acid?)


Anonymous said...

Who cares what Howard Weaver says? He's a has-been, never-was incompetent. His opinions mean zippo, nada.

Anonymous said...

I am sure there are more than 1 million "twits" as Ashton has more than 2 million followers (and last time I checked you cannot follow someone more than once).

Anonymous said...

Hey Howie, Have another hit, of Sweet Air

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