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Ashton Kutcher & EA & CNN & Twitter Usher Armageddon

We're all doomed.

If CNN wins, I believe Ashton will have to eat that jaunty hat.
Though it's been around for a while, Twitter has become incredibly high-profile and incredibly divisive in the past few months. My original reaction to the idea of “microblogging” bordered on anaphylactic, but then it actually came in handy during E3 last year, allowing us to provide brief updates during the day when we didn't have the time to write. Eventually I fully got on-board with what Jeff succinctly describes as “a random IM that everyone can see.” It's a stupid idea, and stupid ideas are fine in the right hands and in small doses, but ever since Twitter hit the mainstream vernacular and the TV news fluff stories started pouring in with anchors shouting “I just don't GET this whole Twitter thing!” I knew we, as a society, were headed for trouble.

And trouble, it has arrived. In the form of, unsurprisingly, Ashton Kutcher. Earlier this week, the Punk'd'er challenged CNN--that's right, the Cable News Network--to see who could collect 1,000,000 followers on their Twitter account first. If he won, Kutcher promised to “ding-dong ditch” Ted Turner's house. That this Twitter race was enough of an event that I had read about it elsewhere was worrisome enough, but now EA has escalated the situation, offering a prize of every game EA publishes in 2009, as well as an appearance in The Sims 3, to whomever ends up being Kutcher's 1,000,000th follower. To be crystal clear here, there is now a significant bounty for people willing to pretend to be interested in what Ashton Kutcher has to say in 140 characters or less.

I don't think any of this absurdity would bother me if I thought that the Kutch was at all aware of its absurdity, but I can't shake the feeling that he's oblivious to any subtext, and just really, really wants the attention. That said, I can't fault anyone for getting into the mix now that EA is offering that prize. Times are tough, and apparently we're so starved for entertainment that we're paying attention to a popularity contest between a second-tier celebrity and the news.
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Posted by Ryan
If CNN wins, I believe Ashton will have to eat that jaunty hat.
Though it's been around for a while, Twitter has become incredibly high-profile and incredibly divisive in the past few months. My original reaction to the idea of “microblogging” bordered on anaphylactic, but then it actually came in handy during E3 last year, allowing us to provide brief updates during the day when we didn't have the time to write. Eventually I fully got on-board with what Jeff succinctly describes as “a random IM that everyone can see.” It's a stupid idea, and stupid ideas are fine in the right hands and in small doses, but ever since Twitter hit the mainstream vernacular and the TV news fluff stories started pouring in with anchors shouting “I just don't GET this whole Twitter thing!” I knew we, as a society, were headed for trouble.

And trouble, it has arrived. In the form of, unsurprisingly, Ashton Kutcher. Earlier this week, the Punk'd'er challenged CNN--that's right, the Cable News Network--to see who could collect 1,000,000 followers on their Twitter account first. If he won, Kutcher promised to “ding-dong ditch” Ted Turner's house. That this Twitter race was enough of an event that I had read about it elsewhere was worrisome enough, but now EA has escalated the situation, offering a prize of every game EA publishes in 2009, as well as an appearance in The Sims 3, to whomever ends up being Kutcher's 1,000,000th follower. To be crystal clear here, there is now a significant bounty for people willing to pretend to be interested in what Ashton Kutcher has to say in 140 characters or less.

I don't think any of this absurdity would bother me if I thought that the Kutch was at all aware of its absurdity, but I can't shake the feeling that he's oblivious to any subtext, and just really, really wants the attention. That said, I can't fault anyone for getting into the mix now that EA is offering that prize. Times are tough, and apparently we're so starved for entertainment that we're paying attention to a popularity contest between a second-tier celebrity and the news.
Posted by SaucySala

Man, twitter is totally dumb.

Posted by Kraznor

Gross. I seem to be reading about Twitter everywhere now. Newspaper today was talking about "Local Politicians all aTwitter over new networking platform" or some such garbage. Yay. But how else can I keep up to date on what Alex Navarro and Wil Wheaton are up to?

Posted by TripMasterMunky

Uh..okay? Weird post.

Posted by Coltonio7
Posted by Scooper

Kutcher is a twitter-dick.

Posted by MacGyver

i getting that EA prize bitches!!!!!!!

Posted by TooWalrus

I can't picture him doing anything other than That 70's Show. Sorry, but you'll always be Kelso in my book.

Posted by DeepSpace9MM

The fail whale cometh.

Posted by LeoMinor

No, armageddon started when Diane Sawyer first described to people what 'sexting' was.

Posted by Paradigmer

DING! DING!

Posted by FallopianTube

I wish the cold war went hot

Posted by Diamond

I love twitter because I can totally stalk celebrities like Jeff without even leaving my room!

Posted by TechnicallyProficient

I'm not interested in any of his 140 characters unless they spell the phrase "I'm 2 degrees from nailing Bruce Willis".

Posted by WallacetheGreat

This is one of the reasons I'm ashamed I made a Twitter account.

Posted by Diamond

Oh yea, and Major Nelson once posted something I told him about on twitter literally 2 minutes after I twitted him so that made me feel special.

Posted by TwoOneFive

this is insane. should i sign up?

whats the number up to?
Posted by Wright

lol! it's going to turn into an ebay auction when it gets close to 1 million.

Posted by BiggerBomb
Ryan said:
" the Kutch "

>.>

No.
Posted by mussbus999

This makes twitter look bad

Posted by JJOR64

Lets have a race with them and get Giant Bomb to a million followers!  Who's with me?

Posted by TobyD81

I think Kutcher does recognize some of the absurdity of this, but not the suggestion that he has as big a voice as CNN.

Posted by RHCPfan24

I followed Ashton before and "unsubscribed" because his tweets were really inane and stupid. I may try to hop on again to be the 1,000,000th follower, but there are slim chances of that happening.

Also, "ding-dong-ditching" Ted Turner's house? Seriously? Good luck with that; running away from his front porch on his 100,000+ acre house really will be a surprise.

Posted by Teptom

Guy's losing by about 25,000 followers. 

Posted by Reverseface

Ermm what does ding dong ditch mean..RAISES EYEBROW ABIT LIKE THIS O.o

Posted by WholeFunShow

I'm determined to find a non hat related use for the word 'jaunty'.

Posted by Artemis_D

I don't understand why a regular person would have any use for  Twitter.  I mean, really... what are you going to Twitter about?

Oh oh, you're getting ready for work now?  That's great, good for you.  What's that?  You can't decide if you want Taco Bell or McDonald's for lunch?  I can't wait to hear how that turns out.  You've decided on Taco Bell?  Cool cool.

Thank God you've got a Twitter account so I can follow all of these exciting events.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Twitter was attacked by three worms/bugs that can potentially infect a users computer when they visit certain pages.

Posted by Jaded

I've been following Kutcher for a while now, and actually find him pretty interesting at times. Yeah, this stunt is goofy, but it's been pretty interesting watching some of the qik vids he and MrsKutcher post, particularly when they turn the tables on paparazzi and watch them scatter like the cockroaches they are.

As for the too cool kids that thing Twitter is totally dumb, well, most of the people around you probably think that commenting on a gaming site is just as pointless and dumb.

Posted by broqz

twitter seems to just be another fad in the art of self promotion.  it might have some viable uses like a myspace or blogs might.  but as often happens it's use is being twisted and perverted.

Posted by GreggD

This is going to end hilariously, if you ask me.

Posted by NickNorman

This is like the fifth story I've seen about this. Who knew Ashton Kutcher was this big? Unless it's Ted Turner everyone cares about...

Posted by LiveOrDie1212

Kutcher is a fuckin douchebag, i hate em. i also hate CNN. Ashton Kutcher and CNN can both go to hell!!

Posted by Saerg

The funny thing is that CNN didn't even have control over the CNNbrk account in till today, it was made by some random dude... and they're making bets about it?

Twitter is a awkward site though. Took the Myspace "friends" phenomenon and ran with it. I use it as my weird way to vent when my IM butt buddies are away and no ones within my vicinity.

Posted by Cody

I'm not a fan of any cable news network or Ashton Kutcher, and I think I just lost a little respect for EA for even getting involved in something like this.  But to be clear, I do find Twitter extremely useful.

Edited by ahoodedfigure

Shazbot, the rainbow jacket made me realize something!

In Mork and Mindy, the aliens grew younger as they grew older (the elders looked like kids).  I think Ashton Kutcher is actually a younger Mork, and the demi-moore is some sort of genetic modification of a Mindy clone...









Must go back to bed.  Forget everything...
Posted by Seram

This is stupid.

Posted by Milkman

That's a lot of games...I'd pretend to be interested in what Ashton Kutcher has to do say for that.

Posted by Aaron_G

I am waiting to follow Ashton Kutcher on twitter now. 

Posted by Cerza

HAHA! I hate Twitter, but I love the article. Great post Ryan!

Posted by MrKlorox

@ahoodedfigure:


That is the only thing I've read that made any sense at all in a very long time.
Posted by RichardLOlson
Well this is a new low of the kutch.
Posted by MeatSim

Twitter is now officially played out.

Posted by Crono

I really dont know how to feel about this one.  On one hand, I hate Ashton Kutcher, on the other, I like the idea of free games...

Posted by sneakysnake128

4chan will win.

Posted by Johanz

Why does anyone twitter, at all? If you want to write a short blog, just write a short damn blog! Why must people use these strange applications that just restrict and limit, and makes stuff like this happen?

What happen to good ol' blog pages, people can write short entries there too!

Posted by Hamst3r
Johanz Why does anyone twitter, at all? If you want to write a short blog, just write a short damn blog! Why must people use these strange applications that just restrict and limit, and makes stuff like this happen?

Not very good at reading, are you? Ryan said why in the first part of this article. Rather than make a new Giant Bomb article for something as simple as, "This press conference is long. EA has announced ___________.", he can make a tweet about it. Also, let's say he wants to share a link to something that really has no purpose being on Giant Bomb. Twitter's good for that. Or Perhaps he wants to bring up a normal life issue (car broke down, need a new car) to the people that care about him? Twitter lets him tell all of them faster than email or calling.

The best use of Twitter is for anyone that actually does have something to talk about and not a lot of time to talk about it.

For the average person, that last part is all Twitter is good for. It's not for you to follow, it's for their family to follow. I follow my step dad's Twitter so I know what's going on "back home" without having to call about every stupid little thing. They're not going to call me because the dog's at the vet, but I'd still like to know.

For me: I don't want to fill up my blog with tons of little one paragraph posts. I also don't want to write a 5 paragraph post about every little thing I'd like to share. Twitter is good for that.
Posted by SuperMooseman
Saerg said:
Twitter is a awkward site though. Took the Myspace "friends" phenomenon and ran with it.
Er, no. There are no similarities between being friends with someone on MySpace to following someone on Twitter. MySpace did not invent becoming friends with someone on the internet, so I've no idea what your statement really means.

Either way, the one millionth follower shall be me. It shall be. Maybe.
Posted by Jimbo_N

Ashton is a crazy tweeter. He also gathered a massive amount of users a while back to try and "crash Twitter with love" by sending lovenotes to Demi Moore all at the same time.

Posted by Pazy

I dont like either Ashton Kutcher or CNN but I like CNN less. Im gonna join his feed.......

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