Live-Tweeting The Revolution

Andrew Sul­li­van has been embar­rass­ing Amer­i­ca’s tra­di­tion­al mass media. With his one man blog, he has pro­vid­ed rich­er and more imme­di­ate insight into what’s hap­pen­ing on the ground in Iran than even The New York Times. (I ask, some­what face­tious­ly, would we real­ly miss the belea­guered news­pa­per indus­try if it went away? Not this week, we would­n’t.) Now Sul­li­van has pulled togeth­er an impres­sive list of tweets com­ing straight from the front lines. A short 140 char­ac­ters can say more than you’d think, and, read­ing them, it seems fair­ly clear that the injuries, even fatal­i­ties, in Tehran may be high­er than the MSM has report­ed so far. Right now, we’re clear­ly see­ing two new forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion — blog­ging and Twit­ter — hit­ting their stride.

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