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The Twitterless Tigers of Tamil

by Camella Lobo 


Tags: Twitter, international, U.S., cultural criticism, Iran, Tamil, Alexander Cockburn, The Nation,

the nation coverMillions of tweets sounded off in support of Iranian protesters in Tehran last month, but nary a Washington-borne tweet has sung out from the recent healthcare hearings in Congress, or in political protest of Obama’s actions in Afghanistan, writes Alexander Cockburn for The Nation. Nor did the Twitter phenomenon (aka: “Twittergasms”) come to the aid of the estimated 20,000 killed and hundreds of thousands of displaced Tamil people of Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Could it be because Iranians are better looking, asks Cockburn? He writes:

I don't recall too many tweets in Washington or across this nation about a methodical exercise in carnage. But then, unlike those attractive Iranians, Tamils tend to be small and dark and not beautiful in the contour of poor Neda, who got out of her car at the wrong time in the wrong place, died in view of a cellphone and is now reborn on CNN as the Angel of Iran.

Source: The Nation 

carla bond_2
7/15/2009 3:00:48 PM

...and just because your television and your big, unwieldy newspapers did not wax as poetic about twitter's health care discussions as it did about it's involvement in carrying news about Iran, does not mean that health care reform is not being discussed by a great many of us on twitter in a very serious way. Twitter is a tool, not a solution to every national issue and world event.


tom_5
7/15/2009 12:34:03 PM

What a ridiculous article. Perhaps the availability of technology in the region? I can't believe this kind of speculation is taken seriously. And there was a lot of chatter on twitter regarding the hidden atrocities in Sri Lanka, mostly being passed on by MIA. You should feel humiliated to take this seriously.