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Opinion July 23, 2011 07:00 AM ET Computerworld - The microblogging service Twitter debuted five years ago, and by all accounts it's one of the great success stories of the social media era.
Noam Chomsky has been one of the most important critics of the way big media crowd out “everyday” voices in order to control knowledge and “manufacture consent.” So it is surprising that the MIT linguist dismisses much of our new digital communications produced from the bottom-up as “superficial, shallow, evanescent.” We have heard this critique of texting and tweeting from many others, such as Andrew Keen and Nicholas Carr. And these claims are important because they put Twitter and texting in a hierarchy of thought. Among other things, Chomsky and Co. are making assertions that one way of communicating, thinking and knowing is better than another.
Sorry to geek out on you for a minute. Okay, so I’ve had to trace the Twitter logo way too many times because I haven’t found a good one online anywhere. So I’ve done it one last time. It’s based off a couple of different fonts, then tweaked over the logo.