NO  2:01 pm June 15, 2009

Does Use of Twitter During Iranian Riots In Some Way Absolve Twitter of Sucking?

by Ken Layne

Shut up, Twitter.
Iranian media crackdown prompts Tweets and blogs [Christian Science Monitor]

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Hooray For Anything June 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm

As someone who was riveted to the whole Iran situation over the weekend, I have to say both Ashton Kutcher and Shaq provided brilliant coverage and analysis of what was transpiring.

Johnny Zhivago June 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm

If Americans ever decided to overthrow their government, censureship of the airwaves wouldn’t be needed – AT&T and Verizon would simply crash under the load of text messages.

shortsshortsshorts June 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm

The real tragedy in Iran has something to do with macarena. We, as the People, shouldn’t tolerate it.

CrunchyKnee June 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I’m pretty sure Jesus uses the twitter, right, also to.

TGY June 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm


[re=338864]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: The Electric Slide is enemy #1, far above the Macaroona or whatever.

norbizness June 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Sure it redeems the Twaddle network, but only if you add the qualifier “despite the fact that overrepresented urban technophiles are working crypto-conservatives like Andrew Sullivan into some sort of impotent, counterproductive, pro-military action lather.”

SwanSwanH June 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm

This reads like Pam and Jim versus Dwight.

Professor Proffy McProfalton, Prof. June 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Note how the mens crowd out Sara’s lovely voice. SEXISTSTS!

Tommmcatt June 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

You know, when Twitter first came out I thought to myself, “Wow, how lame is this?”

…And I was right.

The End.

Johnny Zhivago June 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Speaking of Iran, I know Armardinnerjacket says there are no homosexuals in Iran, but I mean, really, those cops on motorscooters in the “Starlight Express” uniforms – are pretty gay looking….

Just saying…

iantenna June 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

that does not mean CB radios were ever anything more than a stupid gimmick for idiots.

i call bullshit. did you not see sam peckinpah’s finest, coke fueled moment “convoy?” they BANDED together to fight the man with CB radios. and kris kristofferson is infinitely fuckable in that movie. also.

TGY June 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

[re=338865]CrunchyKnee[/re]: Jesus twits between the first and second coming? There’s a metaphor in there somewhere, or maybe just a joke.

SayItWithWookies June 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Ken when you are hammer everything is NAIL. I am not NAIL!
– the Twitter

norbizness June 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

P.S. If Sam Peckinpah were alive today, he would not make a movie about Twerddling.

Serious June 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Wonkette reported a news event once, but

norbizness June 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Iantenna: Sorry, you posted while I was looking up an English trailer for Convoy; I failed, leaving us with the German version (but the original song intact). Them chicken coops wuz fulla bears.

paintitblack June 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Bonus points for references to CB radios, mood rings, pet rocks and the macarena in one fell Twat!

x111e7thst June 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm

AS long as tweeting is limited to hot iranian chicks I for one see absolutely no problem.

BlueStateLibtard June 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

It took me awhile to get this, at first I thought those were CNN news achors twittering.

Mr Blifil June 15, 2009 at 2:25 pm


about 30 minutes ago from web

about 1 hour ago from web

about 1.5 hours ago from web

about 2 hours ago from web

twowheeljunkie June 15, 2009 at 2:25 pm

The best thing to come out of twitter was Stephan Colbert saying Twat on the TV.

freakishlystrong June 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

“Does Use of Twitter During Iranian Riots In Some Way Absolve Twitter of Sucking?”


RedTape June 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Let me preface this by saying, unequivocally, that I love Wonkette. And I understand how twitter can be a great annoyance. However, I do not understand likening twitter to the macarena here. To begin with, Wonkette doesn’t base every fourteenth post on a Republican using the macarena in a silly or incriminating way. Also, my macarena feed does not receive multiple macareets a day from Wonkette. And so, based on the evidence provided, I would infer that Wonkette is more pro-twitter than macarena.

Evidently, however, this is only true in Iran.

19kevin8 June 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

If twitter cured cancer and brought about world peace, it would still suck.

Extemporanus June 15, 2009 at 2:31 pm

[re=338884]norbizness[/re]: 10-4! #goodbuddy

Jukesgrrl June 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Does that Twitter know Arabic? Cool.

Internally valid June 15, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Twitter doesn’t suck, the tweetters’ twats suck.

Jim Newell June 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Ken Layne is the David Addington of the Anti-Twitter Movement.

d4g33z June 15, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Twitter is a pet rock wearing a mood ring. I think that is the venture capital pitch of the day. But what does that make Facebook? A subprime mortgage singing tunes from Les Miserables?

ManchuCandidate June 15, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Like Twitter, CB radio was never cool. However, unlike Twitter, at least CB radio spawned a mediocre show like BJ and the Bear and a truly awesome one, Sheriff Lobo.

Bring back Sheriff Lobo!

TGY June 15, 2009 at 2:53 pm

[re=338929]Jim Newell[/re]: Or the Ralph Nader of the anti-automobile industry movement. And now we have to save the automobile industry. Ironic. WHO WILL SAVE THE TWITTERS??!!??

Extemporanus June 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

[re=338929]Jim Newell[/re]: Does that make you the Yoo?

Lionel Hutz Esq. June 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Perhaps Twitter has found a business model. They can go around the world causing riots and send content specific ads for tear-gas cures or local trauma wards.

[re=338903]RedTape[/re]: You should have read Wonkette back in ’96 when all the post were about Republicans in toilet stalls doing the Macarena.

Come here a minute June 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Meghan McCain’s pet rock’s mood ring has over one million followers on Twitter:

Unsettled Mixed Emotions
about 2 hours ago from TwitterBerry

TGY June 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm

[re=338947]Extemporanus[/re]: No, Hu is the president of China.

Come here a minute June 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm

[re=338965]TGY[/re]: Third base.

Extemporanus June 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

[re=338965]TGY[/re]: I have no idea who the president of China is. Zhou?

Hooray For Anything June 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm

[re=338965]TGY[/re]: I thought Hu’s on first?

facehead June 15, 2009 at 3:20 pm

[re=338929]Jim Newell[/re]: The macarena, like the homosexual, does not exist in Iran.

TGY June 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm

[re=338995]Extemporanus[/re]: Yes, I know Hu is the president of China.

Hooray For Anything June 15, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Say what you will about Twitter, but a recent run through the channels showed some hotties CNN having a serious conversation on Iraq, MSNBC was discussing the outrage of Leon Panetta saying something bad about Dick Cheney and Fox news showed horrifying, awful footage of the Bushes on a golf outing. Whether twitter is worse than the twits on cable news is debatable at this point.

dave666 June 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm

One thing I learned, there are no ugly Iranian women.

Extemporanus June 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

[re=339001]Hooray For Anything[/re]: No, Yoo’s on first. Hu’s on FRIST!!1

Min June 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

[re=338905]19kevin8[/re]: I couldn’t agree more.

american mutt June 15, 2009 at 3:53 pm

twitter is social cloud processing. wonkette don’t know nothing.

hobospacejunkie June 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Breaker one-nine,we got a great big convoy, truckin’ through the night. We got a great big convoy, ain’t she a beautiful sight…convoy.

Right now there’s like several hundred twats/minute about/from Iran. And it’s been like this since sometime during the weekend. All the while our national press slept through the weekend. If I have to choose between the cable news networks or Twitter surviving, I choo-choo-choose Twitter, with all its faults and useless garbage which can be easily ignored. I learned more about Iran from Twitter this weekend than any other source except maybe Andrew Sullivan. What that says about this world I don’t really want to think about, but if it hastens the decline & death of pro-Amahdinejad NYT and the useless news networks I have no problem with Twitter existing for now.

The NYT just embarrassed itself yesterday, running a story co-written by the executive editor with the tone of “now that Amahdi’s won…” Only they allowed comments on the story and were thrown down like a bad Mexican wrestler. Less than 24 hours later the ‘story’ is nowhere to be found on the NYT front page. So not only are they pro-Amahdinejad, they’re cowards about it, too.

19kevin8 June 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm

[re=339010]Hooray For Anything[/re]: Apples and oranges. Twitter sucks on something soft and limp, while cable news sucks on something hard and stinky.

sati demise June 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm

does use of twitter during Iranian riots in some way absolve twitter of sucking?


And we will find out how much absolution is necessary in Iran after the twitter blackout tonight.

Beef Supreme June 15, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Remember, in Tiananmen Square, when that one guy put on some Z. Cavaricci pants and solved a Rubik’s cube in front of those tanks?

Winsome June 15, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Isn’t there a conspiracy theory story here? People start to realize Twitter is not so much. Stocks drop. Revolution in Iran only available on Twitter! Coincidence? I wonder?

teratologram June 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Ken Layne, you are tremendous. This has given me laffs all day and so THANK YEE. Continue….

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