Tweeting Drone Strikes


I started this Twitter account because I expected no one to follow it. In some ways, that was the point — I didn’t really think anyone wanted to be interrupted by all this data. The fact that 19,000 people want their timeline to be flooded with reports of old U.S. drone strikes is beyond surprising to me.

For New York Magazine, Joe Coscarelli interviews Josh Begley, the NYU grad student who’s been tweeting every recorded US drone strike from the account @dronestream.

It’s a short but absorbing interview, touching on not only the horrors of drone strikes but also the power of narrative to convey those horrors.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →