This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 17, 2010 - Last week, Slate published an article, "How Blacks Use Twitter: The latest research on race and microblogging." Now, I'll admit that I can't tell you why, but my general sense of Slate is that it's intelligent, thoughtful, edgy. So when I clicked through to the article I expected something, well, intelligent, thoughtful and edgy.
One and a half out of three ain't bad. I found a fascinating piece that was only edgy in its blatant -- yet blind -- wielding of sweeping generalizations.