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Sep 12 2012

United States Diplomats In Foreign Countries Are Motherfucken Twittering????

Can someone please explain to me what the fucke possible positive purpose could ever be served by fucken FOREIGN SERVICE DIPLOMATS spewing gibberish on goddamn motherfucken twitter????? I mean seriously. Isn’t the basis of diplomacy that you communicate using carefully worded detailed statements arrived at only after careful deliberation? And isn’t the entire purpose of twitter to completely prevent the use of carefully worded detailed statements and to absolutely destroy any notion of deliberation before emitting speech?

Is there something I am missing here?

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  1. 1
    timdiaz

    Their job is to present the messages the United States wants to present, via media and personal communication. Twitter is media. I’d actually be very disappointed if I found out our diplomats DIDN’T have some kind of Twitter to use. It would show ignorance of new media and would put them, and therefore us, at a disadvantage.

  2. 2
    Randomfactor

    Especially these days, in that part of the world. Twitter is an important part of the information mix. Cthulhu help us all.

  3. 3
    Albert Bakker

    I think we have yet to learn how to use these new ways to mass-communicate sensibly. The ease, the speed and the reach with which to broadcast half-fabricates mixed with unprocessed raw input of one’s thinking processes probably can not be guaranteed to always be conducive to convey the message one would have wished to put out, once the neuronal dust has settled.

    The quantity of chatter may not always improve the quality of communication as perhaps is evidenced with some regularity for the keen eye. So one would expect when the quality of communication is of the utmost importance, tweeting your every brain-fart to a nest of dedicated retweeters is perhaps not automatically going to give you the edge over less prolific messengers.

  4. 4
    Chebag

    The boat you dumbasse Luddite, the boat. That is what you are missing.

  5. 5
    rq

    The diplomats? Heck, the POLITICIANS of this country are twittering, during important gatherings, too. And these are some people who should not be let close to ANY kind of mass media outlets (how the routinely get re-elected is well beyond my powers of comprehension) – but there it is, the modern world and The Way Things Work, apparently.
    (If they managed anything coherent and sensible, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be so upsetting.)

  6. 6
    Johnnis

    Who are these diplomats (plural) you are referring to?

  7. 7
    Peter brown

    To save their assssses!!!

  8. 8
    slc1

    Nats and Orioles in the World Series!

  9. 9
    blindrobin

    For you edification.
    http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/09/social-voting-really-does-rock-t.html?ref=hp

    I hope that ling works in Netscape.

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    blindrobin

    That last one BTW is centrist claptrap but none the less illustrative of the changes in the way in which the proletariat and those that would successfully influence their perception of reality communicate. He who is unwilling or unable to engage in the vernacular of those to whom he wishes to speak will not be misunderstood or ignored to his detriment.
    The rate of change in this particular arena is exceeded only by the influence of poorly designed and implemented software in the financial services ‘industry’.

  12. 12
    blindrobin

    Well bugger me and for fuck sake I left a ‘not’ in when I restructured my statement in the positive voice. I meant exactly the opposite.

  13. 13
    Johnnis

    Am I the only one among the commenters that are skeptical to the truth of this post?

  14. 14
    Dr. Isis

    Your privilege is showing

  15. 15
    Ken

    Check out the BBC News article about various diplomats using Twitter from July:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18856295

  16. 16
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Because Twitter is such a goddamn top secret secure channel. Which is apparently how they try to do everything else in our name, regardless how good or vile.

  17. 17
    Charles Sullivan

    You are retarded, correct?

  18. 18
    Johnnis

    @Ken

    Thank you for the link. It confirms that many diplomats use social media.

    I apologize for thinking this post was totally without foundation. I am still critical to the truth of this post. The link said nothing about spewing gibberish.

  19. 19
    jimvj

    Physioproffe, you must be a fucken moron since you seem to have swallowed the right wing assholes’ version of recent history!

    What happened is that the embassy folks got word that there was a possibly violent protest brewing about a lousy right wing anti-Islam movie trailer playing on the internet. In a futile – because right wing muslims are just as immune to rationality – attempt to defuse the situation, the embassy put out the message that the US Govt condemns the defamation of any religion, blah, blah…

    What do right wing assholes want the embassy folks to do? Just sit there and let the mobs foment, or try to calm them? They are putting their lives on the line for the USA, while armchair assholes sit at home and spout stupid STUPID garbage about First Amendment rights.

    In summary, don’t be such a fucken MORON!!

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    name

    And isn’t the entire purpose of twitter to completely prevent the use of carefully worded detailed statements and to absolutely destroy any notion of deliberation before emitting speech?

    Much like your blog, right? I mean, really, for all you say, you might as well move to Twitter yourself, and avoid clogging up FtB with your occasional explosive rant peppered with pointless (and not charmingly idiosyncratic) ye olde Englishe.

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