I happen to have that research right here, Mr Keller

The day sociologist Zeynep Tufekci dropped a bundle of knowledge on the New York Times's Bill Keller (with help from Twitter and a whole lot of scholarship)

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  1. UMBC's Tufekci, though, wasn't all that relieved that Keller seemed to be walking back "Twitter makes you stupid." 


    Instead, she took direct aim at Keller's new claim about the limits/costs of social media: "The time you spend keeping up with your 200 Facebook friends is time you are not getting to know someone really well in person." 

  2. Note: not just a dismissal! Not just conjecture! Not even "just" a refutation! An alternative hypothesis with better support from the data. 

    In just four tweets. Ka-pow. 
  3. Now, Bill Keller doesn't tweet much. And he almost never engages with critics, especially outside the Times. In his interview with Keller, De Rosa points out to Keller that he [De Rosa] "was the only non-New York Times staffer you ever replied to in over two years over Twitter." 

  4. But something in Tufecki's tweets -- perhaps the boldness, perhaps the unmistakable aura of a deliberate, well-developed argument -- must have caught Mr. Keller's attention. 
  5. So the Times' executive editor asked for more. And boy, did he get it.
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