Kutcher’s Defeat of CNN Indicative of State of Twitter?
At 11:13 p.m. Thursday PT, Ashton Kutcher beat CNN by becoming the first Twitter user to have over one million followers. In their report of the outcome, CNN stated that Kutcher’s win may indeed be indicative of the larger state of the micro-blogging service:
Some online writers told CNN that the contest is symbolic of the state of Twitter, which gained media attention because of its applications for news organizations, but is starting to be dominated by strong personalities with cult followings.
Kutcher reiterated this view.
“This is David versus Goliath,” Kutcher said. “This just shows how people want to get information. It is about us. It means that one man can have a voice as loud as a media network.”
Also, if Twitter is a reflection of the larger American culture, is it really a good thing that personalities outweigh established media organizations in the American mainstream? Is it symbolic of a changing of the guard, as Kutcher put it, when the one man with a voice is a celebrity whose fame increased exponentially after marrying a much older Demi Moore?
BTW, hotass Soleil Moon Frye’s over-exuberance was more than a little awkward to watch.