I have mixed feelings about Twitter. Patrick and I use Popehat's twitter feed to promote posts and, occasionally, to engage in dialogue. But I'm still not entirely comfortable with it. I'm not quite in a full-blown you-kids-get-off-my-lawn grump about it like certain people, but I definitely think its a mixed blessing. It's not suitable for all communication.
Not everybody agrees. Some people think Twitter is perfect for all sorts of things.
Just ask Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. He tweeted his role in a firing-squad execution.
"A solemn day. Barring a stay by Sup Ct, & with my final nod, Utah will use most extreme power & execute a killer. Mourn his victims. Justice," was Shurtleff's tweet, about an hour before midnight when Ronnie Lee Gardner was placed before a firing squad.
Then, within an hour, Shurtleff tweeted: "I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner's execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims."
And shortly after that, the attorney general said on Twitter: "We will be streaming live my press conference as soon as I'm told Gardner is dead. Watch it at www.attorneygeneral.Utah.gov/live.html."
People who like this sort of think will like this sort of thing. Other people — like me — find it grotesque to the point of self-parody.
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