This Twitter thing. Apparently it broke the news that a plane crashed in the Hudson a full 15 mins before the mainstream media. This, by tweeters, twitters or twits (or whatever they’re called) who admire, advocate and are generally addicted to Twitter say what a great thing this is. I would ask, is it really? Isn’t Twitter merely the product of, and symptomatic of, a culture which is so obsessed with speed and brevity that it’s impossible to find a decent, informed news discussion show on tv or radio now? Fifteen minutes quicker. I mean really, who cares?
Or is that unfair? Am I sounding curmudgeonly?
I think speed of communication and the technology involved is great fun, and I don’t think Twitter is a nonsense in and of itself. But it’s just that – fun. It’s not changing the world, is it?
No doubt I’ll be a twit(ter) myself by Summer… *sigh*