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Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 10:18 am
The case against — and for — Twitter

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stanleylieber
stanleylieber
Stanley Lieber
Mon, Apr. 13th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)

twitter is just asymmetrical chat. it's almost exactly the same as the way many people have been using irc since the '90s. you idle most of the time and then every once in a while you say something. a little while later, someone else, who has been idling most of the time, reads what you wrote and maybe responds. a little while later you read what that other person wrote. my twitter usage pattern is basically to have twenty or thirty such time-delayed conversations taking place at once, basically forever.

analogy: the literary/screenwriting cliche of two individuals who carry out a chess game over a long period of time, pausing between moves to go about their lives. think of the scene in 'blade runner' between mr. tyrell and the guy from newhart.


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stanleylieber
stanleylieber
Stanley Lieber
Mon, Apr. 13th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)

once mobile hud-like interfaces are a reality and have become sufficiently invisible owing to daily use, i expect that this sort of shared stream of consciousness, in one form or another, will become part of the human condition, much as books and literature are considered fundamental elements of civilized culture. asking "what is the point of twitter" seems to me to be drastically beside the point. people are using it and some of them are using it unselfconsciously. i can say i never stopped to think much about what twitter "means" until the hype about it began to permeate popular culture in america to the point that it is being mentioned in advertisements for other, unrelated products. up until that point i simply viewed it as yet another network service.


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stanleylieber
stanleylieber
Stanley Lieber
Mon, Apr. 13th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)

'analogy: the literary/screenwriting cliche of two individuals who carry out a chess game over a long period of time, pausing between moves to go about their lives. think of the scene in 'blade runner' between mr. tyrell and the guy from newhart.'

perhaps notably, in the film, neither character stops to ponder the structural "meaning" or "usefulness" of carrying out the game of chess in just such a fashion. the play is the thing.


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