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Social Advocacy & Politics: Strangers on a Train and Other Twitter Problems



Michael is on a Train traveling at A Hundred And Twenty mph talking with a reporter on the cellphone giving an interview, as an unnamed supply, on US National Security coverage. Tom is on the identical Educate, live tweeting Michael’s interview from the seat simply in entrance of Michael. How lengthy will it take for Michael’s interview and identity to go public?

The Reply, so much to Michael’s chagrin, is immediately.

ImageWhile the information was buzzing with the Jofi Jeffries / @NatSecWonk story coming out of the White House National Security Council, Twitter lit up when @TomMatzzie outed former NSA Director’s “nameless” history interview While taking Amtrak’s Acela Teach. Whereas Jeffries used to be getting fired for snarky comments about our Nationwide Security coverage, General Michael Hayden used to be exposing actual inside of knowledge to the public albeit, as present Director of National Intelligence James Clapper mentioned within the Hashtag of the 12 Months, #NotWittingly.

In a outstanding flip of occasions, The United States’s former chief eavesdropper had the eaves dropped on him. What Sort Of spy has sensitive conversations on a Teach surrounded with the aid of who is aware of who?

Matzzie says Hayden was once speaking about spying on international allies: “On Acela: Hayden’s comments to press have been obviously about NSA spying on foreign allies. #haydenacela”

On Acela: Hayden’s comments to press were evidently about NSA spying on overseas allies. #haydenacela

— Tom Matzzie (@tommatzzie) October 24, 2013

In Contrast To @NatSecWonk who used to be merely the usage of an anonymous Twitter account to insult his colleagues and their work (yes, it bought him fired… Now Not because he leaked any secrets and techniques, but because he was an idiot), Normal Hayden wasn’t even the use of Twitter. He was once being utilized by it.

As some people worry about dangers to their privateness if they use Twitter (frankly, these are overblown issues), the actual risk to your privateness is people documenting your actions on their Twitter feed, Fb wall or blog. We now live in a global the place we are most probably more likely to be captured by means of someone using social media than to be caught with the aid of a surveillance camera.

As I incessantly remind people, “In This Day And Age, it’s all secrecy and nooooooo privateness.” (Mick Jagger, 1974).


IMAGE OF HAYDEN AND MATZZIE AFTER MATZZIE Tweets Hayden’s “anonymous” background interview:  https://twitter.com/JeremyJ/status/393483493482987520/picture/1


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Social Advocacy Politics is a weekly, unique column for Social Media These Days via Alan Rosenblatt that explores the intersection of politics and social media. Look For the subsequent installment subsequent Tuesday morning.




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