Thursday, April 23, 2009
The slow trickle continues. A few days ago, I sent my Agent the link to this blog. And held my breath and let those trademark tidal waves of worry buffet me: Is the site too edgy? Are the topics alienating? Does anyone care what I have to say? Thankfully, a response came in short order. She likes the blog! Now this is incredible news as she is at the helm of my very rookie literary career. BUT. She had a comment. And said comment was something along these lines: Your posts should be shorter. People are on Twitter these days and they don't have tolerance for longer essays. And though a fan of the longer, more meandering, philosophical essay, I knew one thing and knew it immediately: she was right. And another thing hit me: maybe I should check this Twitter thing out? Perhaps there is no better way to practice spewing exceedingly short and meaningless bits of personal information into the atmosphere?
Maureen Dowd's Op-Ed To Tweet or Not to Tweet got me thinking that it might behoove me to start tweeting if not just to experience first-hand another seismic shift in technological tectonics. Is Twitter just the latest and greatest avenue for celebrity chatter and self-aggrandizement? Is its popularity problematic evidence of society's shrinking attention span? Dowd asked Twitter's founders (whom she deemed quite charming unlike their invention): "Was there anything in your childhood that led you to want to destroy civilization as we know it?" And they laughed it off. But is this tweeting thing a laughing matter? Not sure yet. But if Oprah and Agent deem life tweetworthy, then maybe, just maybe, I can be convinced.
How's that for short and tweet? No, it's not under 140 characters. But it's a start.
[Okay: indulge this philosophic-meanderer in a few more characters, will you? An Earth Week Inquiry: Why is it that so many modern technological toys (think Apple, Mac, BlackBerry, Twitter) are named to conjure natural goodies -- like lush fruits and sweet birds? Is this meant to distract us from the fact that these are decidedly unnatural gadgets?]