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While the Super Bowl Churns On, Tweeters Identify Real Struggle

“This year’s game pits Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos squad against the young Seattle Seahawks team in what is sure to be an epic battle.” — Fox Sports, before the game “Squirrel!” — Fox Sports, after the game

If I have to hear the the Super Bowl characterized as an “epic battle” one more [...]

The Language of Conspiracy: Twisted Twitter Titters on the Obama Microchip

It’s a hoax, you know.

There is no provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that will force Americans to have government-tracked rfid microchips implanted under their skin. Just read the law for yourself to verify this.

For those who don’t like to verify anything, there’s the right-wing social media echo chamber. [...]

How We're Talking About Drones Today

Yesterday, Peregrin Wood noted the leaking of a previously secret legal document written by the presidential administration of Barack Obama, a document that justifies the killing of American citizens who have been convicted of no crime, without the right to a trial and even without charges being brought to a criminal court. The tool for [...]

Mostly Consistent Support for Al Franken's Location Privacy Bill

Last year, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota introduced a location privacy bill to the U.S. Senate that cleared the Senate Judiciary committee but didn’t make it onto the floor. The bill (read the text here) would have stopped the pernicious practice by corporate America of selling information about your location that you generate when you [...]

The 72 Post-Cancellation Tweets about Americans Elect

Since the morning of May 1, when Americans Elect was forced to cancel its first primary vote due to a very low participation rate, there have been just 72 posts on Twitter (“tweets”) using the hashtag #AmericansElect. Here’s a breakdown of the tweets by subject matter:

37 tweets: The cancellation of Americans Elect’s first primary [...]

A Weak Week in Votes and Tweets for Americans Elect

As AE Transparency notes, another week has passed during which the Americans Elect presidential contenders have failed to attract enough supporters to qualify for the May 8 Americans Elect presidential primary ballot — the nation’s first-ever privatized all-online presidential nomination vote. Americans Elect set a fairly low standard for political insiders to gain ballot access [...]

In “Slut” Debacle, Rush Limbaugh Reflects Us

It would be nice to be able to say that Rush Limbaugh is an outlier for shouting “slut!” at a woman who dared to testify regarding contraceptive coverage policy on Capitol Hill. But I don’t think I can honestly say that. I just finished a review of the 1,577 Twitter posts yesterday that contained the [...]

Neutrality? Americans Elect Leader Tweets His Heart Out for Buddy Roemer

Update, April 3 2012: some time in the last two days, Americans Elect revised its Who We Are web page to remove reference to Lawrence Lessig as part of its “Leadership.” He is now listed there as a member of an official board of Americans Elect, without any reference to him being in “Leadership.”

Does [...]

These Twitterers’ Titters Trigger Tweets (David Walker for President Edition)

Apart from the propriety of Americans Elect communicating in glowing terms about one of its draft presidential candidates, I have a broader curiosity about who’s talking about this heretofore obscure individual as a contender for the most powerful position on the planet.

To find out, I’m taking to Twitter. The micro-mention online social media website [...]

Comparing the Americans Elect and Jill Stein Twitter Networks: What Grassroots Looks Like

A few days ago, when I graphed the network of Twitter posts mentioning Americans Elect, one of the immediately apparent features of that network was the central role in tweets issued by representatives of the mainstream news media, in varying degrees of connection to the communications of Americans Elect itself. Click on this image for [...]

Americans Elect Twitter Network, December 19-26 2011: Who’s Talking to Who?

Click the image below to see detail of this network diagram of twitter posts mentioning Americans Elect from 12-19 to 12-26 2011. Ties between twitter accounts are either retweets of others’ posts or comments sent to others through the “mention” function. Core players are identified in the graph for the largest dozen network segments.

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