So if the U.S. government actually wants closed societies to unblock the channels of communication enjoyed in the rest of the world, perhaps social media and diplomacy are best not mixed within the very government circles that espouse those principles of free speech. Or perhaps they should own their gaffes and use them to embrace the beautiful, messy, cacophony of voices that we like to call the First Amendment.

Meanwhile, Cohen continues to tweet the sort of information that blurs the line between professional and personal, (Anyone else sooo excited for the season premiere of Entourage?) in the sort of dispatches that the Times called “youthful indiscretions.” Or that you could also call “the sometimes messy but always glorious result of free speech.” Whichever.

Alexandra Fenwick is an assistant editor at CJR.