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Friday, March 6, 2009



A few weeks back, I started a Twitter account. Then the Republicans just killed it, with all the flair of a middle-aged dad embarrassing his teenage kids by trying to rap along to Soulja Boy.

I have more to say about that, but ESPN's Bill Simmons captures why I have issues not just with Twitter, but how it and other things are affecting writing on the Web:
The more interesting angle for me is how Twitter and Facebook reflect where our writing is going thanks to the Internet. In 15 years, writing went from "reflecting on what happened and putting together some coherent thoughts" to "reflecting on what happened as quickly as possible" to "reflecting on what's happening as it's happening" to "here are my half-baked thoughts about absolutely anything and I'm not even going to attempt to entertain you," or as I like to call it, Twitter/Facebook Syndrome. Do my friends REALLY CARE if I send out an update, "Bill is flying on an airplane finishing a mailbag right now?" (Which is true, by the way.) I just don't think they would. I certainly wouldn't. That's why I refuse to use Twitter.

I'm done with Twitter before I even started. (Facebook's OK, though.)

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