Sunday, February 03, 2013

"Twitter, Instagram, Vine: Fast track to nitwit"

Twitter, Instagram, Vine: Fast track to nitwit, article.

I'm not sure why we are becoming obsessed with trying to express ourselves in tiny amounts.
You cannot have a meaningful conversation with another human being on Twitter. You cannot produce photographic art of any value within the limitations of a service like Instagram, and you sure as hell cannot produce film as art with Vine [Vine has a six-second limit on videos shared - ed].


Anonymous said...

It usually turns out that people who talk like that aren't producing anything of value in any other form either, they just use it as an excuse to not even bother.

Alex Greene said...

Cicero may once have said "Brevity is a great charm of eloquence," but he never had to contend with a limit of 140 characters.

You're not eloquent if you have nothing meaningful to say in the first place.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Quite. :-)

Ken said...

Apparently people are becoming noticeably less able to deal with things over a longer time scale, they do everything now based on short attention spans. How can you plan projects of years duration if at most you've sent a twitter message, and the longest thing you've read is a blog post? Twitter does have it's place, as it is great for directing people to longer more involved work, but not as a major form of information supply.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Indeed, that's really what I *do* get out of Twitter: links to good articles, sometimes.

Time is 99% mental (not as in "insane"... or?), and it really does seems it's speeding up world-wide, and our attention span shortening. I don't think we can blame electronic media entirely. Maybe they are effect as much as cause?

Bruce said...

One question worth asking is, "Who benefits from this trend?" Those who currently hold economic and political power are the major beneficiaries. Bread and circuses in Roman Times as well as religious holidays in the middle ages served the same purpose as the shortening of attention span does now.

I'm not saying there is some master plan organized by a cabal, just that this behavior has been encouraged by the powers that be for a long time. The structure of TV shows and commercials comes to mind as an example.

Anonymous said...

he never had to contend with a limit of 140 characters.

He could have handled it. The Japanese are able to say a lot in a certain well known type of very short poetry. Don't assume that everyone in the world shares your shortcomings.

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