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The New York Times Company · Farhad Manjoo · 1/23/19
The New York Times Company
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  • Pegeen - 1 week ago
    I am not qualified to really comment on this article because I don’t really know enough about Twitter. However, I do know about being “reactive” in situations and that’s never a good response - ever. And in journalism, it would seem short sighted, uninformed - possibly catastrophic. And yet, I can understand the fear of not being competitive, as a journalist, if one chooses not to use Twitter. I think the author gave me a good feel for the dangers of this media device - especially how addictive it can become. I can’t even begin to imagine Tweeting - taking time away - while getting married or having a baby! I understand that Tweeting is quick, as is taking pictures, but honestly, why must everyone bear witness to all events of one’s life? Is it not more important to be truly present/invested in the moment? Does anyone really know what I’m talking about?
  • bill - 2 weeks ago
    I think that Farhad will be embarrassed about how he is handling this whole situation. In this article, he hits on some of the big problems with Twitter, but not all of them. That's a forgivable offense since there are SO many huge issues that it's basically impossible to address them all at once. However, the *non-forgivable offense* is the first sentence of the second paragraph:

    >> "You don’t have to quit totally — that’s impossible in today’s news business."

    That's absurd. For younger up-and-coming journalists and bloggers who need an audience, I can understand the trepidation. Farhad, on the other hand, is employed by the New York Times and is in a perfect position to take a stand. Actions speak louder than words.

    Farhad: Do the right thing. And do it soon. You're a tech journalist in an era where a few tech platforms pose a legitimate threat to a free and open society.
    • bill - 2 weeks ago
      We can not continue to allow this simple fact to get muddled: **If you're on Twitter, you are supporting Twitter. And if you aren't on Twitter, you aren't supporting Twitter.** PERIOD.

      Across society, integrity is on the decline. Integrity means "the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness."

      I'm very curious to see where this goes. I think that Farhad might be sing a different tune when a few dozen of his peers at big publishers finally pull the rip cord once and for all. Regardless, I am disappointed because I really thought he was going to be a leader on this.