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You know how I like to take one tiny part of something, ignore the wider whole, and generally just be an annoying little shit? Well, I’m about to do that again. Fair warning.
But one little phrase stuck out at me, from David Carr’s New York Times piece about Ferguson and Twitter:
"But as the world has become an ever more complicated place — a collision of Ebola, war in Iraq, crisis in Ukraine and more — Twitter has become an early warning service for news organizations…"
"As the world has become an ever more complicated place". Has it? How?
At this point, I was planning to go back through the years - 2013, 2012, 2011… listing all major news stories. But each of these news stories didn’t start in that year… they have years, decades, centuries of history. Thus proving my point, of course. I fail to see how we can suddenly point to 2014 and say that the world is an “ever more complicated place”. The world’s always been a mess. You don’t need me to go back to the decline of the Roman Empire to prove that one.
There are always hideous outbreaks of disease, war, and civil war. It’s the one constant this world has.
The thing is, I doubt David Carr even really thinks what he wrote there. It’s a phrase, tossed off in the middle of an article which makes lots of good points. It’s just something I’m especially sensitive to… journalistic cliches, thrown in without thinking. Because all they do is obscure the truth, not help illuminate it.
“Is DivX any good?”
Ladies and gentlemen, my favourite use of Twitter yet.