She’s perfect. You’re not.
A European Union diplomat who has led negotiations with Iran, Javier Solana, tweeted on Thursday: “Iran’s new pres & FM new to Twitter: Let’s hope they bring new policies, boosting chance of peace.” A spokeswoman for the State Department told The Washington Post that the United States hopes the tweets indicate a willingness to “engage substantively”—the last time I checked, not exactly what Twitter is for.
By Nora Caplan-Bricker
The Story Behind Curiosity’s Twitter Feed
Early Monday morning, NASA’s half-ton, nuclear powered Curiosity rover touched down on the surface of Mars. Minutes later, the rover tweeted, “GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!” The Robot’s outburst prompted a retort from Stephen Colbert. “I don’t know who this Gale is, but gentlemen don’t kiss and tell,” he admonished on his Tuesday show. But Colbert had his facts wrong—Curiosity is no gentleman.
I discovered as much when I contacted NASA to find out who exactly is responsible for Curiosity’s sassy and flamboyant personality on Twitter, which has already managed to attract 900,000 followers. “She’s a robot with cameras, a drill, and a rock-vaporizing laser, powered by plutonium 238,” Veronica McGregor, Media Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told me. “She’s the biggest, baddest rover we’ve ever had, and she knows it. She’s got confidence.”
Benjamin Soloway — “Poet Laureates of Mars: Meet the NASA Team Behind Curiosity’s Twitter”
Is the Romney-Rosen Twitter war emblematic of the direction our political discourse is headed?
"The Democrats are crying foul—Rosen’s connection to Obama is being wildly overstated, for one thing. And for another thing, her offending comment—that Ann “hasn’t worked a day in her life”—was, let’s face it, an attempt (however poorly phrased) to tap into the Democrats’ class argument against Romney, rather than a straight attack on stay at home moms. What offends liberals like Rosen is not that Mitt Romney is invoking a stay-at-home mom as his source of wisdom on women’s economic concerns, but that he is turning to a stay-at-home mom who, while presiding over the zoo that a five-boy household surely was, was also not facing, from early in her home-making role (long before she obtained her two Cadillacs and a stable-full of horses), a whole swath of the pressures and anxieties faced by most women, employed outside of the home or not.”
- Alec MacGillis, My True Outrage About False Umbrage
Photo courtesy of The Blaze
How did Jeffrey Toobin keep up the “train wreck” echo chamber?
"There are two ways to explain the early onset of liberal panic over last week’s health care hearings at the Supreme Court. In the first, Solicitor General Don Verrilli turned in an unexpectedly weak performance during last Tuesday’s oral arguments, flubbing tough questions from the court’s skeptical swing votes. In the second, New Yorker writer and CNN legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin got on television and scared the hell out of all of us.”
- Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Jeffrey Toobin’s Big Week
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Rick Perry’s post-debate reflections.
Check out Jonathan Cohn’s latest blog post, “’Oops!’— And Why Romney Should Thank Perry.”
Courtesy of @governorperry.
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What’s better than a bobble-headed Rick Perry explaining social media?
In his 2010 campaign, the Texas governor explained the joys of tweeting. Now, with his poll numbers slumping and Perry’s campaign hanging on for dear life, will social media be enough to put him over the top?
Video courtesy of RickPerry.org
Does a cross-cultural study of daily mood rhythms within the average person (conducted via analysis of the Tweets of 2 million people in 84 countries) prove a universal biological rhythm that transcends culture and environment?
Some think not: “Tweets may tell us more about what the tweeter thinks the follower wants to hear than about what the tweeter is actually feeling. In short, tweets are not a simple reflection of a person’s current affective state and should not be taken at face value,” says Dan Gilbert, Harvard Psychologist.
Check out these graphs of Twitter activity worldwide at the New York Times, and decide for yourself!
Photo courtesy of Luc Latulippe