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Dueling Tweets

6:07 PM, Oct 3, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Paul Hitlin and Nancy Vogt of Pew Research report that:

In recent days, two separate, but related conversations have taken place on Twitter—one about the government shutdown and the other about the ACA, the landmark legislation at the heart of the Congressional impasse that triggered the shutdown. 

Seems that in the Twitterverse:

Opinions about the shutdown in the run-up to the deadline were dominated by those opposed to it and who largely blamed Republicans. But there was more conversation on Twitter about the ACA than the shutdown in those three days, and views there were driven by opponents of the program and were largely critical of the president.

If Twitter were an individual, then, it would be a genius according to Scott Fitzgerald's measure which asserts, famously, that

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

On the other hand, it is possible that simultaneously holding contradictory ideas demonstrates that one does not know his butt from second base.  

On the evidence of Twitter, there is confusion in the land.  But, then, we knew that.  

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