Debunking the myths of Columbine, 10 years later

“Journalist and author Dave Cullen was one of the first to take on what he calls the myths of Columbine. He kept at it for a decade, challenging what the media and law enforcement officials reported.” Source CNN.com | April 20, 2009

Cullen’s book,”Columbine,” was released this month — just in time for today’s 10th anniversary of the shooting at the Colorado high school. While tackling popular misconceptions, Cullen also gives a riveting account of what happened that day and how the survivors view the event that marked their lives forever.

Ten years later and we have social networks that spread news faster than CNN can get to the spot. Imagine – god forbid – if “Columbine” happened today. Networks like twitter would spread the word before the incident was even over; remember Plane Crash in Hudson.

Ashton Kutcher challenges CNN to Twitter popularity contest

From CNN.com | By John D. Sutter | April 17, 2009
Ashton Kutcher has challenged CNN to a popularity contest on the social media site Twitter.

“The celebrity and the news network are racing to get 1 million followers on the micro-blogging site, where users post 140-character messages. Kutcher challenged CNN to the race with a Web video posted on Tuesday. If he wins, Kutcher says he will ‘ding-dong ditch’ CNN founder Ted Turner’s house.

‘I found it astonishing that one person can actually have as big of a voice online as what an entire media company can on Twitter,’ Kutcher says in a video, which was shot from inside a car and was posted on Qik.com.”

At this time (2:20 PM CDT) Ashton is loosing.

Ashton outmaneuvers CNN to 1 million on Twitter

From CNET | April 17, 2009
Well I say congrats to Ashton, but now what? Now that you’ve shown how easy it is to empower web users to “follow” you, what will to tell them? What will you do with your power?

Are Oprah, Ashton Kutcher taking the geek out of Twitter?

For those that where under the proverbial rock:

Twitter became a scene for a junior high school-style popularity competition this week. Kutcher, host of MTV’s Punk’d television show, was in a head-to-head battle for followers with media giant CNN.

I like this quote:

‘The attention that the competition for followers is getting is not a great thing,’ said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. ‘Anyone thinking of Twitter as something useful in business or in journalism is going to be kind of put off by this.’

And this is sooo true:

“It seems you can’t get through a typical newscast anymore without some mention of Twitter,” said Andrew Lipsman, a comScore analyst, in a blog post this week. “It just goes to show you how much social media, and specifically a site like Twitter, has become woven into the fabric of our daily media lives.”

All-in-all I don’t think celebs are de-geeking twitter. I think if twitter can stay like it is – people saying what they want in 140-characters – that twitter will stay cool – big – but cool and it won’t go the way of the myspace or facebook or Dodo bird.