Thursday, April 23, 2009

CNN, Iraq and Twitter

The following video from CNN illustrates the routine banality of much of the American mainstream media as it seems to increasingly serve a light entertainment PR role on behalf of large corportations and celebrity culture rather than having a genuinely independent and investigative voice.

The clip consists of an interview between CNN's Kiran Chetry and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, who is in Iraq today to learn from local people about whether and how the social media platform might serve the cause of nation building in Iraq. Dorsey's patience with the infantile level of interviewing is to his credit.

The thudding noise in the background is either the reverberations from the suicide attack today north of Baghdad which claimed the lives of five civilians, or it might be me banging my head on my desk in despair.

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