Entries in twitter (29)


This month's Findings

Three things I underlined in the latest edition of one of my favorite regular features in magazines:

1. American drivers at crosswalks are less likely to yield for black pedestrians.

2. Mystical experiences are not ineffable.

3. The tweets of the rich express more anger and fear than the tweets of the poor, which express more disgust, sadness, and surprise; joy does not vary.


Terrible advice for a young writer?

Alice McDermott to Joe Heim in todays Washington Post Magazine:

"I guess I cringe when the discussion leads to, rather than books and sentences and characters and the stuff that writers are supposed to be concerned with, how to have an online presence and how many followers you have on Twitter. That stuff always makes me uncomfortable."

Agreed. At this point, though, for better and for worse, aren't both important?


Rule No. 953 in the May Esquire

Events that are inappropriate to live-tweet: Your delay waiting to board; your delay waiting to take off; your delay waiting to disembark; your delay at the baggage carousel; the mix-up at the car-rental place; the traffic on the way home from the airport; the accident causing the traffic jam; the accident that you've just caused because you're tweeting and driving; your own death.


Lisa Lucas in Poets & Writers

"Digital media is tricky because the way you interact with it is all over the place — you see a link on Facebook or Twitter, then maybe scroll through, but it's difficult to see the whole picture, which is easier to see in print." Click.


Tom Verducci on Derek Jeter

This paragraph in this week's SI in his cover story on "the most familiar player there ever was":

Jeter played his first game in 1995, two years after the Web browser was introduced; he won his first championship in '96, the year of the first high-definition boradcast; he was named to his first All-Star Game in '98, the year Google was founded; he was third in the American League MVP voting in '99, the year the commercial camera phone was introduced; he won the World Series MVP in 2000, as the Yankees began to form the YES Network; he notched his 2,000th hit in 2006, the first season with TMZ and Twitter.


Do libraries need books?

1. Me on my Times blog: Florida's newest institution of higher education has a library with no books.

2. Ben on Twitter: A library without books is not a library. It's a room, or a space, but it's not a library.

3. Clive Thompson in the new Wired: ... what about books? Public Library Association research shows that people have checked out slightly fewer materials in recent years. And Pew found that about a third of patrons are opposed to makerspaces if they displace books. But while I'm just as sentimental about the primacy of hard copy, the librarians aren't. As they all tell me, their job is helping with access to knowledge — not all of which comes in codex form and much of which is deeply social. Libraries aren't just warehouses for documents; they're places to exchange information.


On using your neural reset button

Every status update you read on Facebook, every tweet or text message you get from a friend, is competing for resources in your brain with important things like whether to put your savings in stocks or bonds, where you left your passport or how best to reconcile with a close friend you just had an argument with. Click.


Teju Cole on Twitter

In the August Wired:

Twitter engages the part of me that makes sentences. I try to shape a sentence that works. And I know this because I sometimes put sentences out there that don't really work. With most other forms—if it's good enough, it's good enough. But I read poetry regularly. And poetry is where I see that every single line has a certain punch and precision to it. Being on Twitter has allowed me to participate in a similar kind of practice. When you're writing fiction and longform prose, you think about the best sentences, of course, and you work on them. But when you're tweeting, the sentences are isolated, they're naked, and so there is that much more scrutiny on how they work.