Thursday, January 6, 2011

2 be or not 2 be: thats the ?


Alfredo Triff

People say Twitter is the next big thing.

Methinks not.

While it is true that the Twitter phenomenon can be subversive, as we learned from Ahmadineyad's election coup in Iran (2009-2010), the blue birdie's song is essentially a one-way text-message operation (and a little less friendly than Facebook at that). And though there are clever tweets, the vapid seems to reign. Twitter is designed for "who" or "what" generates more attention. Content is secondary, almost a pretext for textlebrity.1

Twitter is defended in some quarters as "social phenomenon." This writer, for instance, uses Lacanian theory to make his point:
Social networks may be the new form of social life that is arising in the midst of the degradation of the Symbolic Order and the consequent fragmentation of Imaginary reality. The hallmark of this new form is that people are shifting their orientations away from the Symbolic Order to each other. The Symbolic Order no longer serves as a locus from which guidelines for living emanate. The representatives of orthodox knowledge, experts, are being supplanted by me "wisdom of crowds," evoked through social networks.2

I'm not convinced. Surely, "texting" is not the problem. What I object to is the platform's self-imposed 140-character limit. Why? The idea cannot be that compressing meaning is necessarily better. What happens is that in our increasing (over)crowded space for attention, less is more.

 This blogger cleverly imagines a -possible- Shakespeare tweet:

"2b or not 2b: thats the ? whthr tis noblr 2 suffr slings+arrws of outrgous frtune or take arms vs sea of trbles & by opposng end thm, die: sleep: prchance 2 dream. theres rub"

Tweeter's minimalist credo is conditioned by our present global predicament: As space and time get more crowded, there is less space and time time to say anything. Like in food rationing, the more you get rationed, the hungrier you get.3

Then, there is this Sysomos' survey, which finds that nearly 60% of tweets come from 2.2% of Twitter's users, with 22.5% making up a full 90% of Twitter's activity. How should we read this fact? Imagine each tweet as a unit of exchange with a certain value. If so, the information that is digested by the majority of tweetizens in Tweetverse emanates from a minority. What makes this minority so special?


Moreover: What is the majority in Tweetverse doing? Absorbing the endless proliferation of tweets coming down the tweetpipe. Even if they tweet once in a while, they still get all this news content and information. They don't have to do very much to get a lot back. It's just a matter of connecting and immediately getting flooded with stuff. In Tweetverse, being happy means being inside the Tweetbubble.

The "social phenomenon" boils down to getting people's attention.

Something has changed: We used to pay attention selectively, at discreet intervals. The very idea of attention (from the Latin attendere) means directing our attention carefully. One cannot pay attention to everything. Since the platform is created for the constant bombardment of platitudes, one's attention becomes "enter-tained" (Lat. intertenere) literally "stopping in between" Tweeter's ever-changing content.

In Tweetverse one really doesn't pay attention. Instead, the tweet-addict passively absorbs the endless noise.


Don't take this post as an invective against Twitter. (Disclosure: I have a Twitter account). With McLuhan, I'm ready to say: "Twitter (the medium) is the massage." Only that this kind of medium leaves me empty.

As society, we've become less and less engaged with discourse, i.e., fighting with ideas, sweating a paragraph, looking for the best words, taking time to make the writing more lucid, richer.

How could this be good? 
________
1Celebrities seldom text. Instead, they send pics (and count with the most followers).  2 There are manuals that teach you how  to write your best Twitter. You learn "how to avoid the too-much syndrome," as if writing and too-big-to-fail were related. The writer candidly recommends "writing techniques for writing poetry and fiction." There are "twitips" such as this: "An example of Twitterville Grammar is leaving out unnecessary words such as that and which. People understand what you're trying to say without them." How about spelling? It doesn't really matter because "English is a living language and Twitter is just the place to have some fun with your word choices."  3 O. C. McSwite, "Administrative Theory & Praxis." Volume: 31, #1 (March, 2009).

37 comments:

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Feminista said...

Triff: Great point. I marvel at all of this. Particularly because my students really are into it but something tells me that they realize the quandary. But we don't know where all this is going.

Dissey said...

I use Twitter but basically agree with you. At the end of the day is like switching channels. Thanks.

Movieguydrummer said...

I believe twiiter wasn't really designed for friendship or posting thoughts and views. I believe twitter was made for Networking and updates. If you are in a field of entertainment or business or what ever it is, You would just tweet a brief update of what is coming next, or what has been planned. It's only for your fans or followers to know what is going on. It's technically driven more to celebrities or well known beings.

Ryan Charles Beharry

Le Bateau ivre said...

Twitter operates on a basis of "quantity as a quality".

the increasing emphasis of real time information (or entertainment) is becoming pandemic.

Could it be Twitter is just another outgrowth from the consequences of American lifestyles?

Let's think for a second. . .

Americans tend to work eight if not more hours a day. during this time of work they receive a sole half hour for lunch.

During lunch the average American will procure some sort of fast food which may take as little as ten minutes to eat.

After work, due to most Americans living a distance from their home they'll travel a considerable distance usually through traffic.

Etc, etc and etc.

The quintessence of my protracted example is simply that
BECAUSE AMERICANS LIVE A FAST PACED LIFESTYLE ALMOST ALL ACTIVITIES MOST BE ECONOMIZED IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE THE EXPENDITURE OF TIME WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF TIME.

Lithica Transparente said...

To be completely frank, I have very little idea of what Twitter is about. In fact, while reading this blog post, I had to turn to my fiancé and ask, “Honey, what does he mean by the blue birdie’s song?! I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT IS?!” and he, in turn, responded with, “do you see the picture of the blue bird? That’s the symbol for Twitter. Birds tweet when they sing.” and I followed it up with a very vacant, “oh, okayyy”.

I don’t feel the need to have more than one social media account. I’m content with the limited Facebook activity that I already have. In a way, the idea of using Twitter to give people a very limited scope of what my thoughts are, makes me cringe due to the fact that I can almost never say anything in less than 200 characters. For that matter, I can’t seem to say anything for less than 2000. Growing up in New England, I learned that the most powerful form of intellect that we as humans have, is the ability to use words. I have seen that via social media sites, so many individuals real time relationships have disintegrated once they connected online. Many of those people would use the excuse that once they saw their friends personalities through an “unbiased” medium such as the internet, they realized they had nothing in common, or very little. I find that I really doubt this. It appears to me, that they just chose to disconnect themselves from someone they may have already felt distant from in real time but felt forced to maintain a connection with due to real time societal pressures (such as family, or mutual friends). On the internet, one can say “well we never spoke, so I just deleted them, and from there, we just stopped talking in general.” which allows for that incredibly awkward moment in real life where people encounter each other at a mutual friends party and suddenly are forced to actually be polite to one another.

Another matter on a whole is the idea that Twitter, Myspace, or Facebook, can define a person. What is this nonsense? Have people really become so vapid that they can claim that their profile really and truly defines them? “I love the Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, and TheStart, so really, I’m a 90’s rock Goth type girl and there is nothing else about me of particular interest.” No, not really. I’m a much more complicated and interesting, quirky person. The idea that anyone can fully understand who I am and what I might be about from 140 characters from a “tweet” is at most, superficial. Hence, I feel that anyone who allows these medias to become the platform for their arguments in day to day life (example: A woman wants to compare China and Japan economically, but all she has to go on is a few tweets from a friend who recently visited both places and commented on the expenses there in 140 characters) is rather inane.

This may come off as elitist, or as alienating, but I’ve come to the conclusion that people who determine their choices and their ideas about a person, event in time, or political method, amongst so many other things, from a social media network, are just people who seek to avoid personal responsibility. By this I mean that the individual obviously has little desire to truly understand the people they claim to be friends with, their coworkers, society, and the world as a whole. They skirt by on superficial ideas formed by other people so that when the anvil falls, they can always blame someone else. “Oh I picked Sarah Palin because my aunt and uncle really respect her and follow her on twitter, and since I respect them, then I must therefore respect her.” or “I stopped talking to Sally because Anthony said on his Facebook that she lied about this and this and that.” , or “There was a Tsunami… somewhere. I can’t remember. Let me check Twitter.”. For me, personal responsibility comes from the intense desire to completely understand where you stand because of you, not because someone else or something else says you do, definitely not because of a social media network.

Christine (Nina) Elias

miamibourbaki said...

Go on. Don't mind me.

Desiree Dollface Doughty said...

i disagree with you because although i dnt use twitter i only know of it beeing displayed on one of the most popular music shows, 106 and Park on BET. because that show is so popular im guessing most if not all their viewers have twitter accounts. twitter gives people a doorway to connect not only with friends but with entertainment aswell and for that i say twitter is the next best thing.

Cecilia said...

Twitter it's an entertaining social network that is being used by so many people all around the world.People talk about everything that goes in their lives, but they also try to compete with others about stuff writing so many statuses in order to obtain more popularity than others. Facebook is also another social network very well known all around the world too, and in my opinion I believe that facebook is better than twitter because even though is full of drama it had other purposes too that are helpful in some way, such as, being able to communicate with family members that live in other places. In comparison to twitter, this network is about competing among each other.
Cecilia Garcia

Kayla said...

Social networks are definetly a government expirement. Sadly, if its not, its just another horrible get rich quick at the expense of everybody's intellegence scheme.

The human attention span has shrunk over the past century signifcantly. For example in the fifties there was a children's show called Howdy Doody that ran segments 15 minutes long. By the later part of the century there was a children's show called Sesame Street that ran segments less than five minutes long.

People in the fifties took longer to think, yet at a deeper level. People today think at lightning speed, yet nothing more than 140 characters. I personally would like the attention span of someone in the sixties.
I guess Twitter is not all to blame.

Additionally, all the hyperlinks scattered throughout the post doesn't help the learning ADD.

One thing I will give Twitter is that it allows that people to think. Northrop Frye defines thinking as the practice of articulating ideas (in the right words.) The only thing is that Twitter does it wrong.
If people took Twitter seriously as a way to really say and share something meaningful instead of promoting themselves Twitter would be beautiful.

The fact that its only such a small percent of Twitter users that create most of its content goes to show you how self-indulgent and irrelevent it is.

The question is, is all this bombardment of information good for us? Will the human mind "passively absorb the endless noise" till it babels incoherent shlush from Blackberries to the iPhone sitting across the table?

Its just funny that when the telephone was being sold to consumers for the first time people thought they would never leave their houses again. Now the same concerns are with electronic media.

~KAYLA DELACERDA

LYDIA said...

Part of me wants to completely demonize twitter for encouraging yet another platform for useless remarks and superficial relationships, but I must admit there is a very affective business side to it. Honestly, my first thought when I hear people have a twitter account is get over yourself. Does the public really want to know you’re in Vermont, eating lunch, or just woke up from a nap? I do not care to know minute-by-minute updates of someone’s daily activities nor would I like anyone to know mine. It seems so many who tweet are seeking praise, input, or envy in response to the very mundane details of their lives. When these details are society’s focus where do “the big questions in life” stand? Showcasing everything on the internet takes away people’s mystique and your desire to make a real personal connection, especially when most information received about our “friends” is from skimming facebook or summed up into 140 characters. The other side of this abbreviated social network is that it does provide an amazing platform for marketing. It offers up to the minute information and reminders while providing immediate feedback to businesses. Promotion does give twitter a redeeming quality but unless I have a business I need to market I refuse to sign up.

Lydia Lane

ItsMe said...

Coming from someone who does not have a little blue birdie on his shoulder with its standard-issue bullhorn, I must say I have mixed feeling about the phenomenon known as social networking. The sheer value of the term ‘social networking’ in this decidedly unsocial manner shocks me more than the concept of Twitter in it’s function and value. How can a short, usually misspelled and grammatically defunct, message sent out into the world where people ‘follow’ you (don’t get me started) possibly be a form of interaction? Yes you can post your comments concerning my comment, and someone can comment on your comment of my comment, but aren’t we all just obliviously going through a cycle of read-assume-type-send-repeat?
Where is the debate, the emotion, and the body’s linguistic value in these exchanges? At least in the realm of Facebook et al one can attach a picture to perhaps pass on the discerningly furrowed brow to those who wish to look at it. In the real world though, where people meet face to face and interact by doing more than tapping on keyboards and touch-screens, the function of our bodies and subconscious mind helps us to proceed in the interpersonal interactions we partake in; we read body language, we sense emotional levels, and we feel the level of intensity ebbing and flowing with the exchange of opinions.
When writing, and I use this term to mean the old-fashioned and archaic art of thoughts-on-paper, we use the time and space we are allotted by whatever medium we chose to write with/on in our favor; meaning that we write so as to accomplish the passing-on of our message. Unfortunately in the world of MyBook and FaceSpace the art of writing has been replaced with the art of digitized farming and photo hording. What is to come of the world we occupy now? What would the world be like if Homer had a Kindle, or if Oscar Wilde was on Gaydar.com? I honestly dare not think of that possibility, yet we must envision a world without modern literature, as the sun goes down on the world of print, Johannes Gutenberg spins in his grave.

miamibourbaki said...

the world of MyBook and FaceSpace the art of writing has been replaced with the art of digitized farming and photo hoarding.

Uhm, interesting, ItsMe.

ramitie001 said...

In this day and age the media has become one of our most useful resources; whether we want to stayed connected to friends and family or just to find out whats going on in the daily lives of others around the world. Personally i do have a twitter account, although i do not use it, i don't find tweeting about what I'm doing every second of the day be fascinating. There are many who love to do that but really i don't see the point in doing so. Twitter to me is not a very interesting social network "follow me and i follow you" where is the excitement in that. Now when there was a myspace, meaning when myspace was the social network, there were so many ways you could design your page, add a list of songs where when one enters your page they can hear the music, there were so much to keep you interested and wanting to go on myspace on a daily bases. I agree with Prof. Triff twitter is not the next big phenomena for in my opinion twitter is boring, there is not excitement nothing in my opinion to keep you wanting to be on twitter everyday...it's just a waste of time.

anabelcairo4 said...

Personally I do not like the idea of twitter because I see it as a portal of neglecting your own life and absorbing yourself with everyone else’s life. I have nothing against people who are avid tweeters but I agree that tweeters are simply seeking a new form of attention. In these instances, tweets are simply feeding into society’s need to be doing something at all times by avoiding any and all moments of boredom. In addition, I agree that people are suppressing their thought processes because of the 140 word limitations, which go hand in hand with the fast paced American lifestyle. I believe that twitter is further desensitizing society because it is encouraging electronic communication. If these social phenomena’s continue growing exponentially people will become more and more socially awkward and they will not be able to hold face to face conversations. However, I do believe that if used properly, twitter can be a very effective and efficient way to network and keep consumers updated on news event.

Zachary said...

I myself have never used Twitter and probably never will, because I believe that being on those programs are a waste of time, because it is just easier to call someone and talk a lot faster than to sit there for over an hour and type the conversation. I do not believe that twitter is rising to the top, because everybody uses Face book, and there is no need to have more than one typing conversation engine. I also believe that teenagers especially use these types of programs to have conversations, because this generation of people is so surrounded by technology that people are too lazy to pick up a pen and take the time to write a decent letter from the heart. So my answer stands that even though Twitter is a new talking program, that it will not grow that much, because Face book is more popular, and more people are familiar with how Face book works.

Zachary Frischholz

vivian.caro001 said...

The concept of tweeter, Facebook and all the rest of the social networks are quite ambitious, when it comes to marketing is a phenomena. The Facebook campaign for Obama for instance is going to make history, it has been said that a good percentage of President Obama’s campaign comes from Facebook.
On the other hand, humankind is lost boundaries in communication, one reads things like, taking a shower, walking out, haven’t been to the toilet today, too much information.
Talking about a different effect, In counties like Colombia, for instance, there have been kidnappings taking place, the social networks make it really easy for kidnapers, informing details like, I m just to leave the house, I ll be in our country house, I m wearing pink. I m on the road to whatever it is.
There is an intimacy issue here as well, thanks to the social networks, if you happen to open an account in Facebook; and you appear to be online, the senses of privacy disappear, as you are opened to chat all the time.
What I decided lately is to appear offline, so I do not feel obliged to answer to anything or anyone.

Heydy Rejas said...

I believe that twitter and facebook are completely two different social networks and was created for two different types of people. Both allow any person to communicate around the world but with two different intentions. Meaning that, facebook is intended for people who choose to keep in touch or make new friendships and exchange arguments about their personal lives and their mates. In order words exchange personal gossip. On the other hand, twitter is design for people who are in the public eye such as celebrities. It permits fans or anyone to follow updates of one’s current and future work. However the problem is that most people misunderstand this site and treat twitter as facebook. Also, the fact that one is able to express oneself in 140 words is more than enough to give a preview of one’s thoughts. These types of networks should not be treated as the primary and only resource to communicate with one another. Since, there is so much more in a person than what a status can say. If anyone allows such networks to be their only mean of social interaction then I believe it would be an error and loss of experiencing the real thing.

Madari.Pendas said...

As our society enters a new decade it does seem like our attention span is slowly dwindling away, along with our attention span. The whole concept of Twitter and Facebook is extremely ironic; these mediums are intended to make people more connected and social (I.e a “social network) but these website have actually distanced people and degenerated human connection into a just a few characters. For the younger generations the idea of calling someone to talk has almost become obsolete because it is so much easier to just a send a text message, post a comment or send a tweet. These types of activities actually create the opposite of these websites intended goals: they make people more anti-social. There is no personal interface between people, it is almost all behind a screen.

In George Orwell’s 1984 the thought police and the world state slowly eradicate as many words from the dictionary as possible because they believe the less vocabulary people have, the less they will be able to express themselves or even think. For instance, how can they know they feel depressed if they don’t know the words to equivocate those feelings. This is the equivalent to the 140 character limit on twitter. There is absolutely no way you can express a complete idea in 140 characters. So what do people do? They shorten and abbreviate words to the point where they are almost unrecognizable. It is a complete butchery of the language. In George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” the protagonist explains to a young women who only speaks in slang to “Remember that you're a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and the bible." How are we respecting our language when we tweet things like “can u bring me mcdonalds when u get home? im starving and my dumb car won't start..o can u take me to work too? paallleeassee” (by the way, when I put that phrase into my word processor spell check continually suggested revisions of almost every other word). Our society is supposed to be progressing forward, how will this ever happen if most of our communication is digital? How will our children become social and learn that life is not suppose to happen behind a computer screen?

My main issue with this type of medium is the hypocrisy it permeates. Most of the statuses or tweets are comments people make about their life or how great their day was, but I ask, if you really have time to comment about your life are you really living? I honestly believe if you are really engaged in your life and the events in it you do not have time to go to your computer, login, wait for a page to load and type about how much fun you had today. It may be an exaggeration to say that Twitter has ruined the way we experience life, but it has changed our thought process and the way we interact with our fellow human beings.

A major part of life is how we interact with other people, the smiles and laughs we share with our friends and the personal communication that creates life long friendships and bonds, an 140 character limit will not produce that. And along with our communication, Twitter has also stolen our right to privacy. We are not meant to know what every single thing a person does or thinks, there is suppose to be some mystery to people. Why would we ever bother to get to know a person if everything about them is already on the Internet? I will not be surprised when marriage proposals are done via Twitter, I just hope it never gets to that point.


-Madari Pendas

Katherin Aguirre said...

I was listening in the radio the other day; people were talking about how those people who do not have twitter do not understand nor want them to understand how it works. I do not think that is true. I do not have a twitter neither many people that I know but that does not mean that we do not know how it works. Justly because we understand its performance it’s why I do not believe that it is the next big thing. One of the reasons is the lack words that you have to be limited too, there are a lot of people who are uncomfortable with putting ideas with great meanings in cut words, and it is like cutting what you really wanted to say. In my opinion twitter is more like a gossip page; this is because most of the artists, if not all of them, have twitter. I do not believe that twitter will be the next big thing at least not like facebook might be.

Estefanny Espitia said...

Twitter is without a doubt a great site for those within the celebrity world because it keeps their most attentive fans informed of any future events. It would be jus great if it stopped there, but our compulsive drive for attention makes as do whatever it is that everyone is doing. The atrocity being committed in Twitter against grammar is deplorable. But besides that I believe the biggest issue with Twitter is that it can be a site with very fictitious information. Even though I do not have an account, it’s clear to me that some people use Twitter to feel good about themselves and they do so by bragging about their life. Bottom line is most of this information posted could be bogus. The user’s hunger for attention is fed by coming up with some outrageous post such us “Party tonight then tootsies then after hours till 3 p: m!!!” Chances are this person stayed home, ate a canned soup, and watched a Star Trek marathon. The reason for someone to write such thing could be on the fact that he/she is reading similar posts; therefore they want to falsely portray the awesomeness of their life as well. Consequently Twitter users may be writing and reading loads of lies.
PHI 2010 Estefanny Espitia

Patty said...

Twitter is becoming more and more popular each day. I do not have a Twitter account personally but I do have friends who do. It has never caught my attention to actually open up an account because I’ve never been interested on how it really works. I know most if not all celebrities have one. I prefer to use Facebook since is a page where you can post your information, post pictures of you and your friends and family; also you are able to meet people and interact with the friends you already have. However, I do believe that the world each day is more dependant on technology. In today’s society, people die if their phone breaks or gets disconnected because they cannot be without it for a second. In addition, not having Internet at home or in your phone is a major ‘crime’ nowadays, again people especially teens cannot go a day without checking their Facebook and Twitter page. I’ve noticed that people that meet and like each other start their relationship texting instead of talking on the phone. These social network websites are good in some aspects but the world is turning into a “cant live without my technology for a second.”
Patricia Santana
TR 11:15

Taraji_Mommy♥ said...

I myself own a twitter account I’m not a frequent user like many of my friends who have more than ten thousand tweets, but I do tweet a little now and there. When they have the little trendy topics I do join and speak my mind that’s about it. But I do agree with you I don’t believe twitter it’s the new best thing. But now and days people hardly read a book, but they take their time to go read someone else’s tweets to find out what a person is up to or the latest tee. So they could run back to their friends and gossip about what he or she wrote on their twitter account. Have you noticed everyone has a twitter account form TV channels to radio stations everyone is telling you to follow them. You don’t even need to wait to go home to tweet twitters is even on mobiles. Twitter has consume people lives now all they do is eat and think about posting a tweet

Saradgy Stgermain

christianserra said...

Mr Triff, to deny the popularity and immense marketing capabilities through Twitter would be foolish. The question of "2 be or not 2 be" can be easily be answered by stating that Twitter already IS. You imply that Twitter is stupefying our generation and degrading the English language. I would happen to agree with you on that point, but I wouldn't say Twitter is strictly to blame for that. Everyone that uses a cell phone now primarily relies on text messaging to communicate. Phone calls are becoming more and more obsolete. Why? Perhaps people don't enjoy talking to other humans anymore, or perhaps for the sheer convenience of it. Twitter is just part of this evolution where quick time updates seem really convenient for the user. I myself have a Twitter account, but rarely ever use it. If you don't agree with Twitter and it's 140 character conditions, stay away. If you feel like Twitter is an abomination, stay away. It's as simple as that. It wasn't for me, so now I pay no attention to any celebrity "tweet wars" or athletes tweeting about the previous nights game.

In summary, yes, Twitter is in right now. It has great capabilities for marketing and quick time updates for users looking to garner quick information. Is it lending to the degeneration of the English language within society? Yes, but Twitter is not only to blame. I wouldn't stress Twitter if you don't enjoy because we'd be naive to think a new more popular and trendy social network won't eventually come a long (Hello Myspace).

Christian Serra TR 11:15 am

Issiuh said...

I agree with you saying that Twitter it’s not “the” next social network after Facebook. In fact, I think we should ask ourselves if it is a social network at all. It connects people, but it doesn’t do it very well, instead of being a place when you can share your interesting or not so interesting thoughts, there is no one to hear you if you’re not that important.
It is used by celebrities, people in media, politicians, brands and companies. It’s used by institutions, newspapers, magazines, tv channels and stores. It is used to inform, not to have conversations, not to socialize. The big difference between Facebook and Twitter is that on Twitter you get bombarded with loads of information you really don’t want to know about. Who is Dave Grohl? Is really the new Britney Spears record that important to me? Human beings, as curious as we may be, preffer to focus on what we now. We preffer to scrutinize the life of our neighbor in a few clicks than to find out who is who in the ever-changing media.
So if it’s not a social network, what is it?
It has quickly developed, as you say, a format in which what generates more attention seems to reign. And that may be a useful tool at first when you’re trying to found out about global news. Except that 51% of Twitter users are from North America, and they seem to be the most active as well, and in the most cases, some news like aren’t as interesting as Miley Cyrus’ Birthday or the last episode of Glee. So is Twitter global? You bet. But is Twitter really working as a “reliable news source”? I don’t think so.

Beatriz Nieto. TR 11:15
PD: sorry about the other deleted comments, I had few little problems posting :).

Zane.Fresh said...

Honestly I agree and disagree because,actually no one knows what the big next thing is for social connection.As soon as Myspace was discovered every teen and adult had one.Soon as Facebook opened up to more than just College Users,children from ages 12 and up had one and even their momma had a facebook.Twitter had a chance to grow and take over social networking but,instead its used for celebrities to lass out on one of another about the most dumbest things.Social Networking for Twitter wont might bring back our use of words and sentences structure.Instead our abbrevation will become smaller than what we use now of days. Who wants a 140 character limit when we already have limits on texting on our cell phones which is 160 character per text message and 240 on picture text messaging. The lack of conversation wont increase due to topics or keeping up with each other.Honestly i dont think Twitter is the next big thing even if facebook is shutting down and if Twitter plans on being the next big thing it better step up to the plate and create triple as much things that facebook has.The word is everyone is going back to Myspace ,plus no one really wants to be a follower that doesnt have as much followers for themselves. Well if Twitter makes it to be the next big thing,at least you wont see a updated from peoples' status every five mintues talking about "Just Woke Up" or "Love The Birds Singing Outside" or etc. All i have to say is goodbye English Grammer,Hello Slang.

Jeff_Huertas said...

I believe that Twitter is a fun way for people to communicate and express their feelings, ideas and actions to others. It is an interactive way to keep in touch with celebrities and get their latest gossip and whereabouts, as this article has shown. The problem with Twitter and other social websites is that we are aren’t using it for the better, in my opinion we’re sucking the intelligence out of twitter users that use it to express their senseless ideas. If instead of giving much importance to celebrity gossip, we gave it to articles that contain intellectual facts, Twitter wouldn’t have all this negative attention. Staying connected and paying more attention to entertainment, causes you to waste time without you even knowing. After reading ‘bow wow‘s’ tweet, I couldn’t help but to Google that twitter argument, causing me to procrastinate in getting this response done. Another factor that doesn’t help Twitter is the self imposed 140 character limit. This limitation leaves you with no other choice but to misspell words and write without spaces. It began with text messages having a limitation and now Twitter follows. An example of these text limitations is getting accustomed to spelling “though” “tho” in order to communicate their idea without taking too much space, this then becomes part of their daily writing. Twitter should begin to spread more articles that contain current event or world issues and not give much importance to celebrities, this would give some hope in saving the Twitter users from only using it for gossip.

Jeff Huertas

david riascos said...

I dont have have a twitter and i never have had one so i believe that i am not in to good a position to completely have a full opinion about something i have never tried, the conclusion i have arrived to though from what i do know about twitter is that it obviously was successful and it might never meet the caliber of facebook but for what it is it has accomplished a great deal and attracted a lot of a attention for such a simple idea and i believe it will last be cause i dont see a reason for it to lose popularity or recognition unless it receives formidable competition.

Langone said...

After hearing all the hype about Facebook and Twitter I had to find out what all the fuss was about. To be able to properly critique and give a point of view on social networking you must try it for your self. Twitter is a great way for people to get news and the random celebrity gossip. Twitter is NOT like Facebook, you do not have to let cyberspace spy on your every action. Twitter does not require you to post picture of you and your family nor does it have you tag all of your friends and people you hang out with. People use Twitter to follow sports, news, message friends, and even to run businesses. Personally, I would have to say that Twitter is actually one of the websites I visit most frequently (next to google). Twitter is making an impact on our world and it didn’t even have a bogus Hollywood movie to back it up. You can follow journalists on twitter, comedians, musicians, news reporters, athletes, and celebrities. The only problem I can find with Twitter is that you have to try and be as internet-lingo savvy as possible. There are ways around this allowing you to type with your perfect grammar and punctuation though. I strongly feel that twitter is the way of the future and will soon grow bigger than Facebook (which really is not even in the same category as Twitter).

Eric Langone

Danny said...

Does anyone remember when MTV actually televised music videos?
Not shows that consisted of real people living falsified lives, which then is watch by real people in attempt to forget their own real problems.

Does anyone remember when humans composed music with instruments that took practice and dedication to learn?
Not a digital library of sounds and bass synthesized by a computer.

Does anyone remember when the world was actually the world?
Not a series of linked computers that in almost no time created a new definition for the word “reality”.

Twitter is nothing but a small appendage of the 21st century monster known as the social networking system. This system constitutes moving away from the physical world and keeping track of your friends via short vague statuses which are posted constantly throughout the day. Through this our social and thought processes are diminished due to the fact that there is no physical connections and the depth of conversation is diluted. Twitter and similar social networks are nothing but a cheap imitation of human relations. The problem is this virtual form of social connection is that it somehow has manifested itself into a reality. We worry more about what’s happening inside the confined space of the networks rather what is happening outside in the physical world. We loose touch with the real person and replace them with their virtual identity. This is the demise of physical human relations, which without we are less human than before.

You're not a photographer with a digital camera and photoshop. You're not a singer if you can’t match pitch without auto tune. Your not an artist if you can’t draw from you own imagination. You’re not laughing when you type “lol”. You’re not a human if you have lost your human ability to communicate in a real social environment.

Danny said...

Does anyone remember when MTV actually televised music videos?
Not shows that consisted of real people living falsified lives, which then is watch by real people in attempt to forget their own real problems.

Does anyone remember when humans composed music with instruments that took practice and dedication to learn?
Not a digital library of sounds and bass synthesized by a computer.

Does anyone remember when the world was actually the world?
Not a series of linked computers that in almost no time created a new definition for the word “reality”.

Twitter is nothing but a small appendage of the 21st century monster known as the social networking system. This system constitutes moving away from the physical world and keeping track of your friends via short vague statuses which are posted constantly throughout the day. Through this our social and thought processes are diminished due to the fact that there is no physical connections and the depth of conversation is diluted. Twitter and similar social networks are nothing but a cheap imitation of human relations. The problem is this virtual form of social connection is that it somehow has manifested itself into a reality. We worry more about what’s happening inside the confined space of the networks rather what is happening outside in the physical world. We loose touch with the real person and replace them with their virtual identity. This is the demise of physical human relations, which without we are less human than before.

You're not a photographer with a digital camera and photoshop. You're not a singer if you can’t match pitch without auto tune. Your not an artist if you can’t draw from you own imagination. You’re not laughing when you type “lol”. You’re not a human if you have lost your human ability to communicate in a real social environment.

Laura said...

Twitter is exactly what our current society needs. As time passes people have more contact with their electronics than with other human beings. It is impossible to walk in the street without seeing somebody checking their cell phone (myself included). We have alienated ourselves from this reality, and find comfort only in that reality. The Web. I agree to the objection about the 140 word limit, but it’s also what we are looking for. This society is doomed to get only a brief sense of reality, and that is what Twitter does. Short statements that contain information which we read but are unable to digest. Twitter fools us and makes us believe we are conscious of our surroundings, and aware of what’s occurring in the world. 140 words and we are up to date. Because after all isn’t the web our current and only reality?

Laura Vargas

Laura said...

Twitter is exactly what our current society needs. As time passes people have more contact with their electronics than with other human beings. It is impossible to walk in the street without seeing somebody checking their cell phone (myself included). We have alienated ourselves from this reality, and find comfort only in that reality. The Web. I agree to the objection about the 140 word limit, but it’s also what we are looking for. This society is doomed to get only a brief sense of reality, and that is what Twitter does. Short statements that contain information which we read but are unable to digest. Twitter fools us and makes us believe we are conscious of our surroundings, and aware of what’s occurring in the world. 140 words and we are up to date. Because after all isn’t the web our current and only reality?

Laura Vargas

Julio said...

First of all we have to realize the change the world has seen with the internet the last decade. Twitter, becoming one of it's phenomena. This virtual social interaction tool is merely a distraction or entertainment as you want to call it, but as I see it, it has no fundamental constructive purpose for society. Instead of a "social tool", I believe it is an antisocial tool were we become more inhibited and more selfish to the outside world. As for now, as much as Facebook they are both products of a capitalist world whose primary objective of the creators was to profit from them. However, the horizon for it's side effects is vast and with no sociological paths defined. For a moment, we just have to see beyond its mask and see the core of all these social medias. In a near future technological advances will "uninintentionally" make warm social interaction obsolete, by forcing people to rely and get adapted to virtual communication, which in the case of Twitter its communication based on "coolness". Riders on the storm.

Julio Moreno

Stephanie Rosa said...

Twitter is a ridiculous site that is maintained and used by ridiculous people. I think the world could do without Twitter. A site that encourages its users to forgo proper language and write in this indiscernible language with abbreviations and words shortened so much they begin to lose their meaning. “I iz genius” begins to form in my mind when I see or hear some of the things people feel are necessary to write about. I think people take Twitter way too seriously and need to take a step back, unclench and move on. I associate Twitter with Pre-adolescent teeny boppers that use it as a diary with a count by count of their daily lives.

Amanda said...

Social networking is one of this generations greatest addictions. Not a day goes by where most people don't pull out their phone and access their Facebook or Twitter applications (or in many cases, both). It has become so much a part of a person's daily routine that most people I know don't even realize that the first button they press on their phone or address they type in on their computer is Twitter or Facebook. Can anyone remember a time when we weren't constantly checking for photo comments or @ replies? Twitter in particular I find to be the most useless of all the social networking sites. At one point in time when Twitter was still new and practically unknown to most of my friends, I decided to give it a try. Unlike other websites, I found it to be much more difficult to grasp. The 140 word limit seemed pointless to me and it only took me forever to learn how to reply to someone. I had just about given up when suddenly everybody, including many celebrities had jumped on the twitter bandwagon. Now most people I know only use Twitter to stalk their favorite celebrities and to get the latest gossip. If that's what you are into then by all means, Twitter is for you. But for me, I feel it takes a lot out of real human communication. People are forgetting how to really talk to each other without the use of a social networking system, or should I say, over-use. In the recent months where I have had little to no internet connection, I feel great knowing that I'm not obsessing over my Facebook as much as I used to. Now I can focus on making actual human connections with people, without the use of a little blue bird.

Jessica said...

Twitter has been an ongoing debate in the social community and networking world. It truly is a growing phenomena amongst people and it seems everywhere i turn someone has a twitter account. I then have to ask this question...why? why does everyone have one? I mean is it really necessary for us to know that you have just walked your dog? Or that you have just woken up? I think not! Twitter is nothing more than an account for those who like to inform and or update on nothing more than themselves. I only see one point in having a twitter. If you are a celebrity, athlete, music artist, educator, or anything considerable to that nature, it may be more acceptable to have a twitter. This would provide an easy link to those who wish to know their latest endeavors, their next moves, and or updates within the entertainment industry or lifestyles. However, if you are twittering about how you came home and realized there was no more milk so you had to make a grueling trip to the store, really, I think there are more productive things you can do with your time then to inform the world or this shortcoming. People say being on twitter is a great way to be linked in and connected. But how about being linked in and connected with something that matters? How about volunteering, taking dance classes, spending time with classmates, family, friends and do activities? This is still being connected but on a more personal and productive level. We all can still be connected, we found ways to do so before twitter, and there will continue to be ways to do so after twitter.