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Sarah Palin and Twitter: A Match Made in Hell

December 20, 2009

I have long suspected that Twitter is pointless. My opinion softened when I heard it was useful during the Iranian protests, but I don’t foresee much tweeting in my own future.

Perhaps I am not as Web 2.0-savvy as Alaska’s former governor. Her Twitter page houses a collection of 140-character nuggets of her own brand of mavericky rogue-itude. Web abbreviations seem to have come naturally to Ms. Palin; all of her tweets look like the titles to Prince songs. To wit:

Earth saw clmate chnge4 ions;will cont 2 c chnges.R duty2responsbly devlop resorces4humankind/not pollute&destroy;but cant alter naturl chng (sic)


Copenhgen=arrogance of man2think we can change nature’s ways.MUST b good stewards of God’s earth,but arrogant&naive2say man overpwers nature

Even putting aside that she mistook charged particles for periods of time, Palin’s tweets are effervescent with her own brand of sparkling stupidity. The science necessary to understand climate change can’t possibly be more arrogant than the person who rejects it in favor of her religious presuppositions about the world. The contention that we “can’t alter natural change” (whatever the fuck altering natural change entails) is trivially refuted by a stroll around Chernobyl; in the context of climate science, it’s a statement that can only be formed in an intellectual vacuum unperturbed by the intrusion of facts.

Sarah being Sarah is more than I can handle this early on a Sunday morning.

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