Twitter as a public notepad

I don’t know what came over me this morning, but I got an idea after watching a speech by Elizabeth Warren on YouTube. I was in tears, the ideas were so simple and compelling, and so rarely talked about. We are a country of people, not corporations — but we’ve lost track of that, and we’re stacking the deck against the people. But then I remembered, she hasn’t said anything about the NSA spying on the American people. One idea led to another, and people responded, and I kept going. I wanted to get all of it down here in one place, before moving on into 2014.

The tweets

  • Watching Elizabeth Warren’s speech at the DNC, literally in tears she’s so great, except — what has she said about NSA spying on Americans?
  • Same thing with Ezra Klein. What an up-and-comer. So smart. Always has the right answer. Except on NSA spying on Americans. Crickets.
  • I live a few blocks from Times Square. It’s already crazy here. Why do people stand in the street? Most don’t get to see the ball drop.
  • My opinion about the NSA. Politics in the US stops until it’s over. Nothing. It’s unacceptable. Outrageous. Fascist. Un-American.
  • The @paulg story is opportunism by Gawker and this new publication. Headline should read: Graham is not a politician. That’s the real story.
  • Truth: @paulg has a narrow view of who can make a contribution in tech. However: That’s his right as an investor and human being.
  • For example, I’d like @paulg to tell the students who come to Startup School that being an entrepreneur isn’t the only way to contribute.
  • I was forced to be an entrepreneur when I was young because there was no other way to be creative. Wasn’t a good fit. Yet I did contribute.
  • It’s always been a struggle. To this day people describe me as an entrepreneur. I am not an entrepreneur.
  • People say I’m a lousy entrepreneur. True! I’m also a lousy polo player.
  • If I were in my teens today, Zuck would not be my role model.
  • You know who would be my role model? Banksy! 🙂
  • Evan Williams is an entrepreneur. Aaron Levie is an entrepreneur. James Hong. Nothing wrong with being an entrepreneur.
  • But — don’t expect entrepreneurs to love your creativity. It’s not what they do.
  • One of the good things about the Gawker-created mess is that we can talk about @paulg. In other times, VCs are very much a forbidden topic.
  • Online discourse would work better if it was always understood that there’s a difference between The Truth and Your Opinion.
  • It’s time for the Knicks to call Phil Jackson.

About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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