Sunday, June 14, 2009

Surrendering to social media

    There once was a character in the comic strip "Peanuts" whose name was "5." (His sisters were "3" and "4".)

    5 explains that his father changed all the family names because he was so upset about the fact that numbers were coming to dominate people's lives.

    "And this was his way of protesting?" asked Charlie Brown.

    "No," replied 5. "This was his way of giving in."

    It is in that spirit that I announce that NCCPR is now on Twitter. And also Facebook.

    I was persuaded to try this after attending a workshop by Prof. Sree Sreenivasan of my alma mater, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prof. Sreenivasan describes himself as a "tech evangelist/skeptic." I must have caught him on an evangelical day.

At this point, it's an experiment. I intend to use these media almost entirely to tell the world when there's something new here on the Blog or at I solemnly promise never to use them to let the world know what I had for dinner last night, whether I'm in a bad mood because a flight was delayed or anything similar that the world can't possibly want to know.