Paul Farhi at AJR writes the first non-hyped, non-condescending piece about Twitter. Yes, many things have been written, most of them 140 characters or less. None have been as even-handed or informative. Good work.
For journalists, the real question is whether Twitter is more than just the latest info-plaything. Does it “work” in any meaningful way – as a news-dissemination channel, a reporting and source-building tool, a promotional platform? Or is it merely, to buy the caricature, just a banal, narcississtic and often addictive time suck?
The unsatisfying answer: It all depends.
Journalism may live to fight another day!