I thought I’d end this saga with a little snark. Thus the title. Because considering what’s playing out in Iran, this issue doesn’t register on the map. But the ineptitude of it all has reduced State’s “official” blog to a joke, which is another reason the title is fitting.
Via HuffPost: An image grab taken from Iran’s satellite English-language official Press TV station shows a burning bus during a demonstration in Tehran on June 20, 2009.
Considering the story is unfolding online through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and the blogs, it does render judgment on Dipnote. It’s irrelevant. Because as human rights violations play out in Iran, with Pres. Obama offering his strongest statement addressing this subject to date, which I posted earlier, Secretary Clinton’s “official” State Dept. blog remains silent on all things Iran.
The first tweet I did on Iran and Obama was on 6.15, with a post follow up. With nothing showing at State’s blog, I followed up with quite a few tweets on the issue, with the ridiculousness of the situation irresistibly inspiring a little snark; then finally asking Howard Kurtz, Stephanopoulos and Gregory if they had an answer, because… well, I couldn’t resist.
When Obama made his first statement from the White House it was broadcast across the globe. As of that moment, my YouTube page was more current on the Iranian crisis than the State Dept.’s “official” blog.
No one expected a political statement from Dipnote. But if State is going to have a blog it should at the very least keep up with earth shattering news out of the Middle East, especially on Iran. Instead, State maintained an Iran blackout throughout the most historic moment in Iran’s history since 1979.
I also believe HRC is likely not hands on with Dipnote. But considering this is a huge human rights story you’ll excuse me if I ask why not?
To have State’s “official” blog in censorship mode over Iran during a “cyber revolution,” while Secretary Clinton is being touted as Ms. Tech SoS is laugh out loud hilarious.
I have continued my tweets and tweaking State on the subject that ended up in a back and forth that included a very lame response from someone at DipNote that sounded strangely like diplo-speak 101.
So, if or when State responds to the historic Iranian drama playing out, it will be the last blog on planet earth to acknowledge a “cyber revolution” that happened while Secretary Clinton’s official State Dept. blog slept.
It’s at this point you’ve really got to ask: What’s the purpose of Dipnote? Easy. It doesn’t have one.