Liz Gannes

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Obama Starts a Tumblr

While Republicans say they’re now armed and ready to use Twitter in the 2012 election, President Barack Obama has jumped to the next social platform: Tumblr.

Obama’s Tumblr launched today with a couple of casual posts that are clearly not written by the president himself. An anonymous staffer writes that the Obama reelection campaign plans to use Tumblr as “a huge collaborative storytelling effort.” That will be done using Tumblr’s popular reblogging feature to pull in content from other Tumblrs, as well as direct user submissions.

The best part is a meek plea for decency, so rarely found in political discussions online.

There will be trolls among you: this we know. We ask only that you remember that we’re people — fairly nice ones — and that your mother would want you to be polite.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work