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The Apex of Reflex Without Reflection?
I continue to be fascinated and at times repulsed by the uses to which Twitter is put. I know I'm probably making a specious distinction when I complain about the degree to which Twitter and Facebook updates short-circuit reflection while mourning the decline in personal blogging of a wordy sort at sites like Live Journal, but I can't help myself. Take this Tweet from this morning, for example:
I just burned my tongue! Making some soup, and burned it while tasting. What a day.
My first thought was that it was an April Fool's provocation. But given the frequency with which this particular person posts -- and often about the need to post more frequently -- I am pretty sure that it was sincerely intended. Perhaps "intended" is too strong a word, though, or insufficiently intended. To repurpose one of my favorite analogies, most Twitter content is analogous to the category of manslaughter, an action undertaken on the spur of the moment without deliberation, rather than first degree murder. "I just burned my tongue!" is only slightly more pre-meditated than the exclamation one spits out upon burning it. I think I'll make an update playing off that convergence: "I just posted to Twitter!"

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From: ext_136530 Date: April 2nd, 2009 06:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

from Tomás

There really is something there, I think. Certainly there are many types of tweets, but I'm noticing the preponderance of those more mundane ones, too. It's kind of a bursting of the voyeuristic bubble I always felt was there in Twitter (the early period, at least, which is clearly dead). It just might suggest that proverbial "fly on the wall" would die of sheer boredom 99.9% of the time. Hmmmm, maybe that helps people feel a little better about their own lot.
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