Sunday, February 23, 2014

The problem with twitter

Tweeting's true believers run short on wisdom.

Twitter gets the brevity of aphorisms right. It doesn’t much do the wisdom.

Aphorisms may die as clichés. They weren’t born that way. The old-school tweets of Hoffer, Pascal, and La Rochefoucauld hit the reader quickly. They developed glacially after careful thought. The best sound bites go down fast but take a long time to cook.

Before tweets, bumper stickers, sandwich boards, and peanut-gallery chants advertised shallow conformity. Twitter, to borrow from an ancient aphorism, is old wine in a new bottle
It’s just another case where speed kills.

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