Monday, October 10, 2011

Twitter, Juan Williams and Chuck D help City Club of Cleveland celebrate 100 years of free speech

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When the City Club of Cleveland opened its doors in October 1912, Tweets were known as nothing more than weak chirps.
 
But Monday, as the institution began its 100th birthday celebration with a Conference on Free Speech, Tweets -- the kind that have revolutionized communication -- were the backdrop.
 
Poignant thoughts and probing questions streamed on stage in real time as those in the Allen Theatre audience and others following from afar via the social network Twitter contributed to the discussion. Guest speakers like Fox News commentator Juan Williams and rap icon Chuck D saw their provocative comments "retweeted" almost as quickly as the words escaped their lips.

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