Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I tweet, therefore I am

Ego tweeto, ergo sum

Margaret Wente
Globe & Mail

If you thought Facebook was banal, try Twitter. It makes people who write their thoughts on Facebook sound like Shakespeare.. Twitter and Facebook are creating a new world of digital intimacy

Why, then, do people tweet? Is it really hunger for community? Is it, as one Twittering friend suggested, a safe substitute for talking to yourself, something that other people tend to find disturbing? Is it one more symptom of mass attention-deficit disorder – yet another excuse to distract ourselves from the dull or difficult tasks at hand?

Is it really fear of dying, as my colleague Ian Brown suggests? Maybe Twittering is just another way (like getting and sending e-mail) to reassure ourselves that we exist: Ego tweeto, ergo sum


  • At 10:33 AM, March 31, 2009, Blogger Thotman said…

    Blogging lets us voice thots we find important, usually with a very small audience. US... Twitter lets us shorten those thots into tiny tiny bursts of insight for a couple more of our fellow human beings. It shows that we value even small numbers of individuals so much we wil grace them with our most concise and pertinent ideas. Pretty cool that we want to shape everything we touch in our own image.... wouldn't you agree?


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