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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Doonesbury takes on Twitter

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Good interview with Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau on Twitter. It has its worthwhile uses, he says. But he says it's being abused by many journalists. Example:

Look, all of us are narcissists to some degree, but most find it embarrassing enough to at least try to hide it. What Twitter and its social media cousins do is disable inhibition. We expect narcissism from our movie stars and politicians and teenagers, but it's a little surprising to encounter so many otherwise personally modest journalists oblivious to how they're presenting,

WebNewser: Care to name any tvnewsers whose tweets you find really annoying?

Trudeau: Not in particular (hey, I like TV news folks - married one! [former NBCer Jane Pauley]), but in general the most baffling are the reporters who solicit their followers for questions before interviews. Please. You're supposed to be professionals. Do pilots and surgeons ask for suggestions?

If you can't think of a few good questions, you and your producer are in the wrong business. It's not about getting fresh, out-of-the-bubble perspectives, as they would argue: most questions sent in are obvious or inane. It's really about flattering the followers, populist pandering.

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