An Update, of Sorts

In thinking about my last post about literary culture, I meant to post a New York Times article about the new literary culture surrounding Twitter.  However, I can't find the link I was originally thinking of. But! Here's one from the Boston Globe, and here's a link to a different New York Times article, in which Twitter gets a style guide that's very much unlike Strunk & White.

Twitter is an interesting site to use--I confess to having an account there--and it's even more interesting to use Twitter language in everyday use.  For example, I've heard, on more than one occasion, that someone will "Twitter me later," a pronouncement which elicits both quite the laugh and a significant eye roll (although, admittedly, not from the same person).

In debates about literary culture and its (d/)evolution, it's worth examining, I think, where, if anywhere, 140 characters (or less) gets us. How does such a short amount of space alter the way we publish and receive information? Do we really just need 140 characters to get our point across, or have we become so technologically ADD (my own phrase) that all we can tolerate these days is something that short?

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