Monday malarkey and more
"WOW! Twitter is 10 years old. Here's to a decade of 140 character soundbites, social engagement, verbal mishaps," cheers Emil Wilbekin with Essence.com, sharing the magnificent New York Times interactive "Twitter at 10" (at 600+ shares right now). "Twitter turns 10. Ah, I remember it well... But I admit I didn't 'get it' immediately," confesses Yvette Walker at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication (and hey, don't we all relate to that). At Nieman Lab, Shan Wong reacts, "ugh I feel so old Twitter is only ten." The piece offers up reflections from people whom the platform made famous (or, in some cases, infamous). Case in point, Rachel Dolezal, who reflects "my relationship with Twitter switched instantly from love to hate." Conversely, #BlackLivesMatter activist Deray McKesson praises Twitter for having "galvanized the nation.” Others, like Jon Ronson (who wrote "So You've Been Publicly Shamed"), feel Twitter has had a decidedly darker effect on the public: "All of the the things that I love about journalism – curiosity, waiting for evidence – all of that got thrown out of the window." But Gwen Ifill of PBS News argues that the beauty of Twitter is that it "tells you where to start, but it doesn’t tell you where to end." To sum, it's triggered a wide spectrum of emotions in its users. Here's more on Twitter’s moment of solemn reflection.
Here's something big: in case you missed it over the weekend, Barack Obama just became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years. "Not too often a simple walk makes history," reflects Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security advisor for communications. At the same time, the visit invoked the pain of loss for one Miami family in exile. "This is why many in Miami can't celebrate @BarackObama in #Cuba," observes Rick Hirsch of The Miami Herald. Also huge: the Toronto Star reports controversial former mayor Rob Ford is in palliative care. "@TorontoRobFord continues cancer fight as family tries to make him comfortable," details David Rider at the Star. In tech, Apple just unveiled a new 4-inch iPhone and a smaller iPad Pro, and as for the ongoing Supreme Court saga, it turns out John Roberts criticized the confirmation process before there was even a vacancy. Meanwhile, a Reuters exclusive reveals how China asked the Fed for its stock crash play book. "If China beats us all the time as Trump says, why are they begging the Fed for help in dealing with market crashes?" wonders Politico's Ben White.
Seeing as someone officially has invoked the "T" word, now we must turn to the amazing story of Donald Trump’s old spokesman, John Barron - who was actually Donald Trump himself. "I remember reading about this in a book about Trump and my jaw straight dropped," admits Sopan Deb at CBS News. We have to wonder if that came up at all during Trump's recent stop by the Washington Post, where he revealed his foreign policy team. "This is big: Trump said U.S. should rethink its participation in NATO, believes it wastes resources," points out WaPo's Robert Costa. Trump's visit is made especially interesting, given his very public thoughts on the press -- but here's what it's really like on the trail with his “disgusting” press corps, to borrow his word choice. "What's it like covering Trump? 'like watching a 1970s Black Flag concert from inside a shark cage,'" shares Hanna Rosin. Also, fun fact: it seems that if you ask Trump a question during a presser, you might just also get a job interview.