Ed Stein

Ed Stein
Denver, Colorado, USA
November 22
Former editorial cartoonist for the Rocky Mountain News. Creator of Freshly Squeezed, a comic strip about family togetherness after the economic collapse, syndicated by Universal Uclick


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JUNE 8, 2011 7:39PM


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The Weiner affair  got me thinking about how people use the modern communication tools at our disposal. For good or ill, we are connected in ways we never were before. Social networking sites like Twitter have been rightly praised for their impact on authoritarian societies, where dictators have been unable to stop the spread of information and the ability of citizens to organize large numbers of people. In a mature democracy like ours, the political uses seem to be somewhat less laudable.

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could be. there are lots of messages one can send that way... .
True, but think of all the fun we had with Weiner jokes. R
Our time is coming.
It is The Modern World. A bit too much "wired" ha ha
Yes, unfortunately Americans take their/our "democracy" as a finished product, instead of as a work in progress...

I am happy to report that I don't own a cell phone or similar device and that I don't text or Tweet...
...only because of how those tools actually are used here in the U.S., I mean... Yes, I also draw a distinction between the device/means used to deliver a message (which is neutral, which can be used for lofty purposes or lowly purposes) and the quality of the messages that are communicated via the device/means....
Unfortunately, Mr. Crook is correct. We might be hard-pressed to find a single American text message or tweet that had a message other than self-promotion.
Is it my monitor? Or is the right half of your illustration cut off?