Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Twitter must be stopped

It appears simple blogging is not good enough for our elected betters. No, blogging would mean sentences and paragraphs and writing and possibly feedback. They've found something much more insidious for their monosyllabic use: Twitter. The 140 character behemoth has swept the halls of Congress, infected our leaders with it's brevity and seeming cutting edge communication possibility, and in turn infecting us with their poorly thought out ramblings about nothing.
"One doesn't want to sound snarky, but it is nice not to see Cheney up there," Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) announced as Obama entered the chamber.

"I did big wooohoo for Justice Ginsberg," Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) broadcast, misspelling the name of the ailing Supreme Court justice. McCaskill could be seen applauding with BlackBerry in one hand.

"Capt Sully is here -- awesome!" announced Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.), spotting the US Airways pilot in the gallery.

Then there was Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), in whose name this text message was sent at about the time the president spoke of the need to pull the country together: "Aggie basketball game is about to start on espn2 for those of you that aren't going to bother watching pelosi smirk for the next hour." A few minutes later, another message came through: "Disregard that last Tweet from a staffer."
They don't have time to run our country competently or pay attention to a speech, but they have time to tap away on their Blackberry's. Unsurprisingly Republicans have convinced themselves this is the future and have trying to meld with Twitter in an attempt for it to be the first technological advancement since radio that didn't leave them behind. Can their genius and ideas be confined to 140 characters? See the oncoming future, we're mere steps away from grunted out, sentence long interviews.

So enjoy your new dialogue with your leaders, America. Fitting they chose the shortest communications advance with the least feedback to get excited about. It's all wasted time anyway, we know Sen. Ellis of Bloody England is the only elected representative worth following on Twitter.

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