10:24 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In his celebrated Thanksgiving proclamation, Abraham Lincoln struck his customary note of hope tinged with a kind of fatalistic melancholy.
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God ...
... while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
Slightly more than a century later, the never-ending Obama campaign has turned the occasion into a vehicle for cheap political messaging.
12:57 PM, Nov 1, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Stalin once asked sneeringly (that was his style) “how many divisions” the Pope had. The answer, of course, was “none.” But, then, Uncle Joe never had 10 million Twitter followers. That’s almost as many people as the Big Evil killed.
8:34 AM, Oct 8, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
An essential tactic in the shutdown is, it seems, to deprive people of things that they need or badly want. Make them pay. And when their suffering is no longer bearable, they will come back, chastened and grateful for the blessings government bestows upon them … something like that, anyway.
2:03 PM, Oct 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The process of bringing what was then called "Red China" into the light and joining it with the rest of the world began with ping pong. Some seem to think Twitter will be the agent that accomplishes the same thing with Iran. As Nathan Olivarez-Giles at The Verge reports:
1:55 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Michelle Obama will not be tweeting as frequently, due to the federal government shutdown. The announcement was made today on ... the first lady's Twitter account.
Students skip football games to text and tweet.3:03 PM, Sep 26, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There is much to lament about the rise of social media and the damage it has done to ordinary human activities and interactions. And now we learn that it is leeching away the loyalty of American college students for their football teams. Attendance in the student section is down in, of all places, the Southeastern Conference where they play the best football, produce the most champions, and fans organize their fall schedules, if not their entire lives, around the games.
7:27 AM, Sep 2, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
David Simas, a White House staffer, tweets (and the White House retweets) a link to an article and adds, “More good ACA [Obamacare] news. 21% savings on premiums for Ohioans who buy their own health insurance because of the ACA.”
3:54 PM, Aug 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Renee Ellmers, a sophomore Republican congresswoman from North Carolina, has criticized a conservative group's campaign to get congressional Republicans to support defunding Obamacare by way of the continuing budget resolution.
Ellmers, a nurse who entered her first political race in 2010 in response to Obamacare, knocked Heritage Action, saying the organization is targeting conservatives opposed to defunding the health care law in next month's budget battle instead of Democrats:
7:01 AM, Aug 22, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
At 5:09 pm on August 21, Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted this:
7:45 AM, Aug 15, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Social media resembles the halls of high school in many ways. Not least, according to a recent study (and what would we do without studies?), in the transitory effects on your mood. As Geoffrey Mohan writes in the Los Angeles Times:
11:33 AM, Jun 25, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There are senators, it seems, who tweet. And it probably isn't a bad discipline for those accustomed to writing legislation that runs to the thousands of unread and incomprehensible pages to have to restrain themselves to a mere 140 characters. But, of course, several senators release 140 characters lots and lots of times.
1:18 PM, May 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Warren Buffett has joined Twitter:
Buffett's move comes almost a month after former President Bill Clinton himself joined Twitter:
The decline of Western civilization, 140 characters at a timeMay 6, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 32 • By MATT LABASH
“The Machine,” they exclaimed, “feeds us and clothes us and houses us; through it we speak to one another, through it we see one another, in it we have our being. . . . [T]he Machine is omnipotent, eternal; blessed is the Machine.” —E.M. Forster, “The Machine Stops” (1909)
At the risk of being abrasive, I am about to say something unthinkable, heretical. I am about to say six words you have likely never heard from a working member of the media, and may never hear again: Do not follow me on Twitter.