Twitter should only be used for:
- links to things you think people ought to read.
- praise of others.
- laments that you have been misinterpreted, and that all nuance has been lost because of the limits of 140 characters.
For example, last week:
- @jacobwe: New "plagiarism" charges against @FareedZakaria are silly.
- @jacobwe: Here's the full @FareedZakaria rap sheet. Totally off base, IMO. http://t.co/3livp8ilkl
- @blippoblappo: Hey Jacob, is Fareed Zakaria plagiarizing in a Slate column "silly" to you? https://ourbadmedia.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/yes-the-indefensible-fareed-zakaria-also-plagiarized-in-his-fancy-liquor-columns-for-slate/ @jacobwe @fareedzakaria
- @crushingbort: Yes, The Indefensible Fareed Zakaria Also Plagiarized In His Fancy Liquor Columns For Slate http://wp.me/p4QYzT-4h
- @blippoblappo: If @jacobwe doesn't think things like this are worthy of a retraction of a Zakaria column in Slate, what is?
- @blippoblappo: hey @BenMathisLilley you should probably shoot an email with this & your previous great article on Zakaria's plagiarism to bossman @jacobwe
- @squarelyrooted: < 28 hrs from @jacobwe pooh-poohing @blippoblappo & @crushingbort's evidence of @FareedZakaria's plagarism and them finding more - in @Slate
- @blippoblappo: @squarelyrooted @jacobwe @crushingbort @fareedzakaria @slate it actually took about 30 minutes to find the plagiarism, another day to write
- @jacobwe: @blippoblappo You take a source he CITES, then point to info that comes from that source, differently phrased. Not remotely plagiarism.
- @garonsen: @jacobwe @blippoblappo The info comes 300 words later in the story in a separate paragraph, bit of a stretch to call that a proper citation.
- @nickLbrothers: @garonsen @blippoblappo @jacobwe & a paraphrase should be summation even w/ cite, not switching two words out for synonyms.
- @jacobwe: @blippoblappo When it comes to TV, I've got news for you. TV personalities say things they don't write themselves. The even hire "writers."
- @jacobwe: @blippoblappo Also, your bullying vigilantism is pure J. Edgar Hoover: If you challenge us, we'll investigate YOU. Sorry, not intimidated
Now Jacob Weisberg is on record as stating that his Slate's "investigations" are intended adversarial takedowns rather than truth-finding exercises of journalism. Really not something that he would have wished to have done under any circumstances, and really not a smart career move at all...