Ebola and the Political Twitterverse: Marc Andreessen’s Tweet of the Week

Ebola and the Political Twitterverse: Marc Andreessen’s Tweet of the Week

Cartoon by Branco.
Cartoon by Branco, via LegalInsurrection. Reprinted by permission. (See link below)*

WASHINGTON, October 18, 2014 − The advertising and media blitz for Election 2016 is going into the final stretch. Plan to see more ads, more personal attacks, more Madison Avenue-style sliming. And if those robo-calls haven’t started, they will be shortly.

But the Internet has been gradually growing in importance in this election as candidates and individuals alike put in their two cents’ worth as well. Republicans and even Democrats disenchanted with the deteriorating situation in the U.S. under the current Administration are starting to weigh in not only in personal blogs but via Facebook and Twitter.

The Twitterverse in particular is in a frenzy over the Obama Administration’s haphazard and arguably dangerous treatment of the spreading Ebola epidemic. After the CDC thoroughly muffed Ebola protocols, if indeed there were any, the Administration belatedly appointed (without consulting Congress, of course) a new “Ebola Czar” to clean things up. But in typical fashion, they appointed as “Czar” the same political hack who wasted nearly a trillion dollars of taxpayer money on the Administration’s much-ballyhooed but entirely failed “stimulus” program.

This week’s increasingly frightening case of political and governmental incompetence apparently roused the ire of Marc Andreessen, the wealthy entrepreneur who spearheaded the original web browser project, Mosaic, which eventually turned into Netscape. Unlike most of his Silicon Valley neighbors, Andreessen seems to understand what’s been going on, and offered yesterday the following Tweet that says it all.

* Cartoon by Branco, courtesy of LegalInsurrection.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17