Still, I continue to seek a more effective approach or, to be more accurate, attitude towards Twitter. Tonight I realized that one of its unexpected advantages as a platform might be the highly ephemeral nature of its content. While poring over the list of who and what I'm following, I stumbled upon the name of a performer who recently passed away. Assuming that his feed would have been turned into a shrine by friends and fans, I was surprised that it had instead assumed the function of a memento mori because it simply came to an abrupt end:
I'm not sure how this insight will help me to make broader sense of Twitter. But it does occur to me that the service is full of accounts that also come to an abrupt end for less drastic reasons. Of course, the web more generally is awash with sites and feeds that linger on as virtual ruins long after they have ceased to be updated. Maybe the "little ends" betokened by such abandonment tell us something about changing attitudes about death. For my part, though, the fact that I know that the performer mentioned above passed away imbues his final public statements with a gravity at odds with the everyday experience of the internet.