Monday, May 25, 2009

The Strong Silent Type

"Taciturn Armstrong sparks Twitter media boycott" reports that the cycling star refuses to answer questions from reporters and merely refers media queries to his Twitter posts. In response, some sports journalists have refused to cover the scripted statements delivered on his microblogging stream. Apparently this is not the only difficulty that the Tour de France superstar has had with Twitter. In "Lance Armstrong's Twitter Misadventure," the Village Voice reports that in an attempt to post a video to the site, he accidentally released his personal e-mail to seventy thousand followers.

Thanks to Alexandre Enkerli for the link!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you were able to put this link to good use.
The idea that celebrities may "disintermediate" is in itself fascinating, given the perceived crisis in some journalism circles. Been wishing for Switzerland's M├ędialogues would cover these aspects of the "information revolution." But they tend to treat social media as "amateur journalism." They did talk about some athletes bypassing the mainstream media machine, but usually in a dismissive way.

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