David Carr:

There is a visceral quality to Twitter that can bring stories to a boiling point. Ron Mott, an NBC correspondent and a social media skeptic, watched Twitter turn up the heat on Wednesday and tweeted, “As powerful as our press have been through years of our democracy, social media raises temp on public officials like never before.”

When I came back on to Twitter I mentioned three reasons why, but I left off one important reason: when news breaks, Twitter is the best place to learn about it. Whether it’s an accident on a local highway, or something as tragic as Ferguson, Twitter is where the latest information resides.

Posted by Ben Brooks