Resist twitter!

It intensifies the fragmentation and superficiality of our information landscape and hence knowledge. It encourages the compartmentalization of our experiences. It will condition us to receive information in bite sized chunks and provide further distraction to the here and now. We reduce our entire universe into a ‘twitter’, one of many, all jostling and hoping to be noticed, each more cleverer, or wittier or funnier than your last or some other person’s one. It creates more distance than it draws people truly closer. Some may say that the same could be said of status messages on messengers. I disagree. The difference is that in the latter, you can chat the other person up and interact thus learning more about them. In twitter there is no such opportunity.

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Fahri Azzat practices the dark arts of the law. Although he enjoys writing and reading, he doesn't enjoy writing his own little biographies of himself. Like this one. He wished somebody else would do it for him. He has little taste in writing about himself in third person. He feels weird doing it. But the part he finds most tedious is having to pad up the lack of his accomplishments, or share some interesting facts about his rather uneventful life, as if there were some who found that oh-so-interesting; as if he were some famous person, like Michael Jackson. When he writes these biographies, the thought, 'Wei, Jangan Perasaan- ah!' lights up in his head. So he usually just lists what he got involved with, positions he held and blah, blah. But this time. Right here. Right this very moment. Uhuh. This one. This one right here. He's finally telling it like it is.

Posted on 23 April 2009. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.

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3 Responses to Resist twitter!

  1. It does serve a purpose and provides us choice of communication for specific situations we are in and specific information appropriate for sharing in that manner. May I say, it's complementary to others. :-)

  2. Michelle Gunaselan

    Actually, that's not true mate. I'm very close to my Twitter friends, and we meet up regularly. Even going on holiday with them. It's not much different than FB, to be honest. In fact, I love my Twitter more than my FB now as that has some retarded number of friends like close to 1000. People who share same interests, and who I need for work – but not necessarily ALL of them are "friends." On Twitter, I have but less than 30 people. Close friends who I let see my updates, they are privacy protected, and I love it. I am more myself there, than I can be on FB. I like the fact that it's 140 words – it's not about compartmentalizing, it's about being brief, and hey I'll catch you later for a beer :D

  3. “The difference is that in the latter, you can chat the other person up and interact thus learning more about them. In twitter there is no such opportunity.”

    That’s nonsense. You have direct message feature. You want more interactions? Write a blog to share your idea and tag the link and the person in a new tweet.