Tuesday's news you need to know
"Oh, no. This tweet is worthless, according to @DKThomp. But RT anyway?" suggests Columbia Journalism School's Linda Bernstein, while sharing Derek Thompson's Atlantic screed that asks, "What Good Is Twitter?" (5,100+ shares). "I analyzed my most popular tweets. They had the average click-through rate of a digital display ad in East Asia," Thomspon explains. Wall Street Journal's Elana Zak reacts, "@DKThomp confirms what has long been suspected: People are prone to sharing links they may never actually read." At the New York Times, however, tech reporter Vindu Goel argues, "Twitter is more a news aggregator, @dkthomp. For most people, headlines are enough, so no need to click to article."
In other headline news, President Barack Obama's immigration policy has been halted by a federal judge in Texas (5,300+ shares). "Legal steps to block Obama's immigration actions follow predictions made in December. Not surprising--or permanent," points out immigration editor Monica Campbell with Public Radio International. "Appeals court could quickly suspend US judge's order halting #Obama #immigration policy," WBEZ's Chip Mitchell also reminds everyone.
Still, far from a banner week for Obama, after a CNN poll revealed most Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of ISIS (~7,000 shares). "Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans say Congress should authorize Obama to fight ISIS," elaborates Mashable's Megan Hess. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has taken advantage of Libya's turmoil by securing a new haven in Libya, "right on Europe's doorstep," tweets WSJ's Istanbul Bureau Chief Joe Parkinson. At The Atlantic, Graeme Wood offers analysis on what ISIS really wants, as a perfect storm brews in the Middle East.