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Mark Yudof, go to someone else’s party.

February 1, 2010

So, I’m having a bit of a hard time with something, and I’ve been a little nervous about mentioning it in public because frankly it could well be slander depending on how I phrase it, and I just don’t know how diplomatic I want to be.

Thing is, Mark Yudof follows me on twitter.

That’s… well, that’s weird enough as it is. Yudof is the president of the University of California. I’ve never met or spoken to the man. I have occasionally sent him angry emails, because being a conscientious UC student requires one to send angry emails at one’s president once in a while. However, I certainly have no personal connection with him. And while I did use my Twitter for a short time while involved with the UC Occupations, I rarely tweet about anything that University administrators should be especially interested in.

My twitter is a personal thing, a toy, a microblog where I talk about what I ate for breakfast and how cool my Translation Theory class is and how I think that kid in my lit section is super cute. Mark Yudof does not need to know these things. I don’t want my dad’s boss showing up at my birthday party, and I don’t want my university president following me on twitter. Mark Yudof is, in fact, disinvited from the party that is my twitter.

But Kirby! You say. Why not just block him and continue blithely tweeting about porn and ice cream as you are wont? Well, the same reason I wouldn’t kick my dad’s boss out of my birthday party if he showed up: I don’t want him there, but I don’t want to get in trouble for kicking him out.

See, a friend of mine, @Benladen, just got suspended from twitter because Yudof decided that he didn’t like his tweets. (My dad’s boss just kicked my loud, drunk friend out of my party.) I do not think he had the right to do this. I do not think Yudof has the right to BE on twitter. But we can’t tell him to leave, because then he might kick US out. It’s not fair, and I feel invaded in what was a safe, fun place for my peers and me. If I want to get to know him, I will approach him myself. It’s inappropriate for him to try and get to know me in this way, because I feel so pressured and trapped.

I don’t follow him back. I don’t expect him to actually read most of my tweets. (Thank god.) But I’m very, very angry about the suspension of @Benladen, and I wish someone would convince Yudof that @mark_yudof has other, cooler parties to go to.

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4 comments

  1. Hi Kirby,
    I’m on Twitter and I’ve noticed that people parodying Yudof have had their accounts suspended for “strange behavior.” Do you have proof that Yudof or his minions is behind this? I’m gathering info.
    Thank you,
    Bronwen Rowlands


    • I don’t have the screencaps currently but I can get them for you pretty quickly. Are you gathering info for anything in particular?


  2. I’m a clerical worker at Cal; have been for 25 years, and am appalled by Yudof/Blum/regents destruction of UC and of the lives of workers and students. I try to do my bit by passing on to the press stories I think they should hear. I’ve been discussing the likelihood that UC’s “strategic communications” machine is pressuring Twitter to delete Yudof-critical accounts with Nanette Asimov at the SF Chronicle. That said, I certainly understand if you feel that saying anymore would make you vulnerable. It’s OK.


  3. I doubt this’d hold up in a court of law or whatever but here’s my evidence, for what its worth.

    and you might want to follow up on http://twitter.com/IlllllllllllllI/status/8892297059

    oh hi its good to meet you all



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