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On blogging and twitter-ing


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Blogging is already a form of hubris, but twitter-ing takes it to a whole new level. “Listen to me world. This is what I’m doing, this is where I am, this is what I’m thinking about something that doesn’t really matter or pertain to the world-at-large.” I know the whole argument of “if you don’t like it don’t listen to it” but it’s the act of broadcasting itself that gives away the self-importance and self-absorption we all feel – whether as members of present-day society or as biological creatures in a never-ending struggle (I use the term loosely) for survival.

But it’s good too. Whereas before a cartel of publishers (of books, music, and videos) decided that this or that person is worth listening to, now every Joe and Nancy has the opportunity to be heard. Let them stand on the merit of their words. But that brings me back to the point I started with: there’s not much merit to tweets of the sort “I’m at X location” or “I’m watching X music video by the latest pop star”. I’ve been lurking in the Twitter-sphere for the past few weeks and people write inane and self-absorbed things for the most part. I envisioned blogging and “social media” to be more about sharing thoughts on things and events we share and participate in together, as opposed to broadcasting to the world what I’m doing in my pajamas on a Sunday morning and thinking it matters.

I also see merit in Twitter’s inherent brevity. Reading an unknown person’s blog post is a big investment in time. I see Twitter as a good introduction to someone’s writing ability and sphere of interest. It’s easier to read, in 140 characters or less, what someone cares and writes about than visiting their website and reading an entire paragraph of (what I consider) nonsense and leave feeling annoyed and crappy for having wasted my time.

I guess my point is: Bloggers and twitter-ers should write about stuff that matters.

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