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Pope Tweets and Quits

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Conservatives Upset Over Jim Carrey’s ‘Assault Rifle’ Tweet

The actor, who is mostly known for comedic roles, took on a serious tone when he used Twitter to focus on the gun debate that has emerged in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

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GOP’s Foreign Policy Unfit for a World Power

Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearings to become secretary of defense have raised questions about the Republican Party’s ability to conduct U.S. foreign policy worthy of a major international player; Hillary Clinton may be responsible for the decline in the use of “Hillary” as a baby name; meanwhile, although President Obama is quite adept at Internet use, his tendency toward waging a “cyber war” is a deficient approach to online security. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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GOP Congressman Calls Sen. McCain Out for ‘Racist’ Tweet

Sen. John McCain’s attempt at humor has seriously backfired once again. On Monday, the Arizona Republican tweeted a joke comparing Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the monkey the country claims it sent to outer space.

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250,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked

Anonymous hackers gained access to the usernames, email addresses and passwords associated with a quarter of a million Twitter accounts before the company noticed “unusual access patterns” across its network Friday, The Guardian reports.

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Why Textbooks Should Be Written Like Facebook Posts

Curmudgeons the world over will tell you that TV makes you go blind and expressing ideas 140 characters at a time makes you soft in the head, but some actual scientists looked into this and the results were surprising.

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The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Twitter New Year

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Anonymous Muzzled on Crusade Against Westboro Baptist Church

The hacker collective’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended Wednesday after the group posted personal information belonging to members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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The Pope Is on Twitter

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Fearless Tweeter

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The Pope’s First Tweets

After days of buildup, Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first message Wednesday to his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers.

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The Pope on Twitter

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Social Media in the Middle East

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Murdoch’s Tweet on ‘Jewish Owned Press’ Ignites Controversy

Over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch tweeted this to his followers: “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?”

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Tweet War

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Krugman on the ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Pat Robertson on Women and Porn, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a CEO who claims he fired employees because of Obama’s victory, and Ted Nugent, who has a meltdown over the election on Twitter.

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Racist Election Tweets Mapped Out

According to geography research group Floating Sheep, pinpointing the spike in Twitter hate speech is a “useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad.”

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Murdoch Admonishes Christie in a Tweet

If Mitt Romney loses Tuesday’s election—a very real possibility given that Nate Silver’s latest forecast gives President Obama an 83.7 percent shot at winning—we now know who to blame it on: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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GOP Campaign Manager Resigns After Fake Hurricane Sandy Tweets

Shashank Tripathi, the Twitter troll who went by the handle @ComfortablySmug and deliberately spread false information when the massive storm hit the East Coast on Monday, has apologized.

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Twitter Is Not Your Historical Record

A new study inspired by social media’s role in the Arab Spring has revealed that links contained in 11 percent of posts published on websites such as Twitter and Facebook were defunct within a year, leading readers to dead Web pages. And that number rose to 27 percent within two years.

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Twitter Hands Over Occupy Messages

Twitter has bowed to threats of substantial fines and released messages sent by Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris relating to the arrest of roughly 700 people at a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011.

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Hank Williams Jr. Rips ‘Muslim’ Obama During Anti-Gay Rant

Actor Alec Baldwin hit back at Hank Williams Jr. after the country singer’s vitriolic, hate-fueled rant against the president and homosexuals over the weekend.

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Betty White to Introduce Obama at Democratic National Convention?

The social media driven effort to get the 90-years-young actress began after Clint Eastwood’s awkward, rambling and nonsensical introduction of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention that involved, among other things, the actor and filmmaker speaking to an empty chair.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ali Abunimah

Many journalists become grudgingly used to the fact that their work has little to no visible effect on the course of world events. When conservative writer Joshua Trevino was let go from The Guardian last month, Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the pro-Palestinian news and opinion site The Electronic Intifada, wasn’t one of them.

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Fox News Speculates Hologram Reagan Will Endorse Romney at Convention

What better way to remind Republicans that Mitt Romney is not Ronald Reagan than by bringing out the former president in hologram form at the convention?

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Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Progressive Settles After Terrible Insurance Tale Goes Viral

Progressive has settled with the family of a policyholder that claimed the insurance company defended her killer, but the deal came about only after the truly awful story made its way around the Internet.

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Texting Instead of Driving?

It seems young people are more interested in buying iPhones than automobiles these days; Central American families with links to death squads helped Mitt Romney fund Bain Capital; and Jill Stein, the presidential nominee for the Green Party, went to jail for protesting home foreclosures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Ryan VP Buzz, Romney’s ‘War on Religion’ Charge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new tax defense from Mitt Romney and what is possibly the most ridiculous claim ever about President Obama.

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Arise, Facebook Nation

If social networks helped mobilize Egyptians to confront Hosni Mubarak’s tanks and men, shouldn’t they also be able to take on a PAC, even one as powerful as that belonging to the National Rifle Association?

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140 Terrifying Characters From Robert Reich

OK, so it’s only 135. Nonetheless it gives us pause when the former labor secretary and economic soothsayer tweets that China’s “bubble will pop.” If that happens, you can stop worrying about Greece and the other comparatively tiny economies of Europe.

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An AIDS-Free Generation: Dream or Future Reality?

The International AIDS Conference is making dangerously impossible promises about putting an end to the epidemic; the London Olympics’ opening ceremonies included a unique tribute to free, universal health care; meanwhile, British graffiti artist Banksy has proved he will not be erased. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Apple Tete-a-Tete With Twitter (Update)

In the race to build the most widely used and technologically redundant social network out there, Apple has considered investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Twitter. (Or not.)

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Twitter Wants to Be More Like Facebook

The cute little communicator that helped topple Hosni Mubarak is reportedly so focused on advertising dollars that it plans to impose severe restrictions on third-party partners. Essentially, Twitter wants to have more control over users so it can have more control over how they see ads.

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The Government Is After Your Tweets

The release of Twitter’s first “Transparency Report” comes with the revelation that the microblogging site has received more government requests pertaining to its users’ accounts in the first half of 2012 than in the entirety of 2011.

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Murdoch vs. Romney, Christie Insults Reporter, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another Romney flip-flop and pro-life Republicans getting dealt a blow in Mississippi.

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Twitter Ordered to Turn Over Occupy Protester’s Tweets

A judge in Manhattan ruled Monday that Twitter must turn over some three months’ worth of data from the account of an Occupy Wall Street protester who is being prosecuted on charges of disorderly conduct.

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Twitter Relents, Rolls Out Expanded Tweets

After an extended spat between lovers of expansive prose and the defenders of Twitter’s trademark 140-character tweets, the social media company has announced it will give certain organizations the ability to pepper their updates with pop-ups that feature more written and visual material.

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Twitter Defends Occupy Marcher’s Right to Privacy

Despite a judge’s order to hand over the tweets of The New Inquiry Senior Editor Malcolm Harris, who was arrested in October marching with Occupy protesters across the Brooklyn Bridge, Twitter is fighting for the principle that its users own their communications and should determine what to do with them.

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Slouching Toward Washington

Mark Edward Taylor’s “Branding Obamessiah: The Rise of an American Idol” lays out the six sacred branding strategies—taken from the world of advertising—used to turn a mere mortal from Chicago into the image of an American savior.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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The Thinking Person’s Guide to Campaign 2012

Pity the poor mainstream news media, confronted with many debates, demands for instantaneous coverage, competition for website traffic and the specter of ever-multiplying super PACs.

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Twitter Prepares to Clip Its Wings

One year after the beginning of the Egyptian uprising that it helped make possible, Twitter began its descent down what media commentator Jeff Jarvis called the “slippery slope of censorship,” announcing that it would begin to locally censor tweets that governments find objectionable.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Google Takes Objection to Murdoch’s Tweets

Rupert Murdoch is a surprisingly good tweeter, direct and revealing in his comments, but he is also the head of a media conglomerate, so when he loses his cool and fires off a shot at “[p]iracy leader” Google, it has reverberations beyond the nail salon.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Who’s Supporting SOPA and PIPA?

ProPublica has created an easy-to-use database that lists the congressional supporters and opponents of two bills that threaten Internet freedom under the guise of strengthening copyright protections. Of the current 80 proponents and 29 contesters, where do your representatives stand?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Joyce N. Boghosian

The FLOTUS and the Twitterverse

Michelle Obama joined Twitter on Thursday. For some this doesn’t qualify as news in a world full of political and economic turmoil.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch Is on Twitter and It’s Weird

During his first few days on the social network, the mogul promoted “We Bought a Zoo,” told Iowans to consider Rick Santorum, praised President Obama (“decision on terrorist detention very courageous - and dead right!”) and called education America’s “absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.” (more)

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Tweet of the Day: Attack of the Drones

Today’s best tweet comes from Fire Tom Friedman (@firetomfriedman), who says: “I agree that racist newsletters & sexual harassment should disqualify candidates. But so should killing kids with drones.”

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Obama Still of Two Minds on Gay Rights

While the Obama administration has spoken up for gay rights, it has yet to support gay marriage; Kevin Spacey has been heckling noisy audience members in his role as Richard III; meanwhile, L.A. and Occupy L.A. have come to a similar consensus about corporate personhood: It needs to go! These discoveries and more after the jump.

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