Los Angeles, California - Hundreds, if not thousands, of news directors around the world are opening Twitter accounts today trying to download information on the recent Iranian election protests taking place there, because all other traditional media outlet sources have been ordered blacked out, journalists kicked out of the country, with a blockade of the Internet in affect as well.
"Twitter may have started off as just another social site," said Henry Peterson, news director for a TV station in Los Angeles, who openly shared his personal experience. "But today it has proven itself as a valuable tool in navigating information in the twenty-first century."
However, until those news directors go through the learning curve, many have desperately turned to their kids with Twitter accounts of their own. In the meanwhile, asking them for help in keeping them update on the latest world events.
"I consider myself a well informed person. After all I'm in the news business," said Mr. Peterson. "But this Twitter thing just snuck up on me. Now I got to take my 11-year-old daughter with me everywhere I go. It's no way for her to spend her summer vacation, but I got no choice here."
Mr. Peterson looking into his rearview mirror then called to his daughter who was busy Twittering away in the backseat of the car.
"While Jenny, honey, what's going on in Iran today?" asked Mr. Peterson as he pulled off the 101 freeway, heading for work.
"Well, more violent protests are expected with no sign of the incumbent conceding to the will of the people," said Jenny, as she blew and popped a bubble. "Daddy, what does incumbent and conceding mean?"
As Mr. Peterson explained to his daughter what incumbent and conceding meant, he stopped off at security to get her a visitor's pass before entering the news station.
"Oh no," said Mr. Peterson, grabbing his growling stomach.
"What is it daddy?" asked Jenny, while still Twittering and blowing bubbles.
"Daddy's stomach is acting up again," said Mr. Peterson. "You'll have to tell me more about what's going on in the world, while I'm in the men's bathroom."
"Yuck, no way," said Jenny, as her father grabbed her by the hand and dragged her inside.
Standing outside a stall facing a white titled wall, little Jenny Peterson continued to Twitter away while trying to see through her squinting eyes.
"Honey are you still there?" said Mr. Peterson from within the stall.
"Yes daddy. Please hurry. Okay?" replied Jenny, trying not to pear over her shoulders at the sound of flushing toilets and urinals all around her. Suddenly Jenny screamed.
"Oh my God!" let out Jenny, misbelieving the Twitter message she was reading.
"What is it? Did the Ahmadinejad get overthrown? Did the North Koreans fire another Taepodong-2 missile? What?" asked Mr. Peterson standing up in his stall with his pants dropped around his ankles. "For God sakes Jenny! Tell me what's happened!"
"Jill just got her braces off!" replied Jenny, as she nearly dropped her cell phone still in an excited state.
"What?" said Mr. Peterson. "You're giving me a heart attack here. I was talking about news of the world. What's happing out there?"
"Oh that. Let me check," said Jenny chewing gum and blowing a bubble while Twittering. "Yup, the world's okay...for now -- Just wait 'til I get home and give Jill a piece of my mind. Then it will be the start of world war three!"
"What?!" repeated Mr. Peterson from within the stall. "World war three?!"