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The green Twitter pic/Iran thing (a quick aside)

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A screen shot of John Mayer's Twitter avatar on June 24.

A screen shot of John Mayer's Twitter avatar on June 24.

For those of you living under a rock, a lot of people have put a green tint over their Twitter profile pictures to represent their support of the ongoing protests in Iran (for the people who lost the disputed election). I found John Mayer’s Twitter avatar unique because it was honest: He doesn’t know that much about the situation. I don’t know much about the situation, either, save for the fact that I oppose people being gunned down in the streets for speaking and demonstrating freely.

It was with that lack of knowledge that I didn’t even think about tinting my picture green (full disclosure: I did, however, switch my time zone to Tehran to help “hide” Iranian Twitter users from being tracked down based on their location). It just seemed like something you don’t do, to me. It seemed like a Twitter fashion statement. Remember that kid in high school who said he liked some semi-obscure band, but really only knew one or two of their popular songs? Or you know those people who show up to baseball games wearing Yankees caps just because they win all the time and they’re the only team non-baseball fans seem to know about? It was like that, only on a much (obvioulsy) higher level.

When pressed about it, though, I have to confess that there’s really nothing wrong with tinting your Twitter picture green. (I don’t know if I have to point out that I was only talking about “some people” (and I don’t even have specific people in mind), but I guess I just did to be clear.) Even if there was, I certainly wouldn’t be the enforcer when it came to wrist-slaps.

Two things linger: (1) I appreciate John Mayer’s honesty and (2) I wonder what an Iranian protester thinks of this.

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  • No matter the cause, good or bad, there will always be people just following along to follow along. Trying to weed them out is a waste of time. I guess I just don’t see the benefit in questioning people’s motivations when we all agree that it’s a worthy cause.

    I can also imagine it’s pretty discouraging for those out there that really are involved and are taking action to hear people questioning their motivations.
    You point out that you’re only talking about “some people”… but no one knows (including, you admit, yourself) who you’re referring to… so what’s the point?

    Thanks for blogging about this… this topic definitely deserves more than a couple tweets!…

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