Talk about timing. In the wake of WBUR’s second “Tweet-Up,” Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam lights a fuse under the “Twitterverse.” Of course, I am guilty of helping fan the resulting firestorm by “Tweeting” the link to the column and some of your colorful responses.
Now I think the time has come to dial down the temperature a bit.
First, some perspective: Clearly there isn’t a helluva lot at stake here. This is just one guy’s take. And since when did we social media consumers require the Globe and other traditional media’s imprimatur? I’m sure there is a column somewhere out there scoffing at cellphone-obsessives’ conversational proclivities. So? Are you going to run out and ditch the mobile? Don’t think so.
Thank you, Lara Fitton, for foregoing the vinegar in favor of honey. In an e-mail to Beam, Laura tells how his dismissive attitude mirrors her own early reactions to Twitter. She even thanks him for “the Saturday morning laugh” (Gasp!).
Before I bolt this tempest in a teapot, you can read my initial reaction to the Beam kerfuffle posted in this thread on Dan Kennedy’s Media Nation blog. I’ve also included links to cogent examples of Twitter’s news-gathering utility.
On a completely unrelated note, I am leaving on a jet plane headed for the Bay Area. As a result, blogging will be a little sparse the next couple of days, though I have assurances that the estimable Mr. Will Roseliep, current On Point intern and future public radio genius, will from time to time grace this space with musings on all things media.
While in California I hope to visit KQED, a dual-licensee powerhouse on the left coast that now sports a brand new, smokin’ website. I will post any digital beans that they might be so inclined to spill—if, that is, they let me through the front door.