As for overestimating, one of the main program areas for the last two years in my day job has been working with the local Iranian-American community on a more peaceful approach to US-Iranian relations.So if Sullivan is hyperventilating a bit, his basic point, I think, is well taken.Andrew Sullivan:
IT was not, to put it mildly, a new technology I found impressive. Twitter, the social networking website, allows for only a tiny number of characters to be broadcast in each “tweet”, or message, and much of the early tweeting was being done by bored teens or Hollywood celebrities: the illiterate speaking to the impatient.Howie P.S.: My initial reaction was to post this without comment, but after reflecting a bit on Sullivan's piece, I want to add something. I don't mean to to take away from the power of Twitter and other new technologies, but my sense is that Andrew has gotten a little caught up in the powerful energy of the protests and may be over-estimating, along with Ashton Kutcher, the enduring impact of the recent events in Iran.
When Ashton Kutcher, the film star and avid tweeter, opined the following in April, I couldn’t stop laughing: “Years from now, when historians reflect on the time we are currently living in, the names Biz Stone and Evan Williams will be referenced side by side with the likes of Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Guglielmo Marconi, Philo Farnsworth, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs - because the creation of Twitter . . . is as significant and paradigm-shifting as the invention of Morse code, the telephone, radio, television or the personal computer.”
I don’t know where this media revolution is headed any more than I know where the Iranian uprising is headed. What I do know is that something changed last week - something we will not forget and that will transform the way we cover and consume breaking news.
It happened suddenly and from the ground up. No one can control it any more. They can merely stand by and die or join in and create. This was indeed the “big one” - and it is just getting going.