Thursday, July 19, 2007
There were some protests in response to my dismissal of the social networking site Twitter. So, fair-minded as ever, I bring you a defence of this new triumph of hyper-connectivity. Clive Thompson argues that, using Twitter, he began 'to develop an almost telepathic awareness of the people most important to me.' He goes on, 'Twitter and other constant-contact create social proprioception. They give a group of people a sense of itself, making possible weird, fascinating feats of coordination.' Hmmm, well, yes. But Thompson does then admit that Twitter can be a 'massive time-suck'. Exactly. Twitter consumes your days with contact. But other people, when they are there all the time, are hell. Twitter creates a constant state of being interrupted. Why, therefore, is it not simply a massive increase in the power of one of the most irritating and enervating aspects of the modern world?
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:45 am