Can Twitter ‘kill’ Stories, Poems, Histories or Novels?


Tweeting has become a favourite with humans, in multiple languages and colourful brief statements. This tweeting has nothing to do with chirping birds but with Larry Bird, a legendary NBA player , who was so much a favourite with the founders of Twitter that they created their icon keeping his name in mind.

Then of course there are the American President and the Indian Prime minister who love to tweet!

Officially, Twitter was launched in 2006. The service grew by leaps and bounds. By 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day. In 2013, it was described as “the SMS of the Internet”. Twitter had more than 321 million monthly active users by 2018. And now, they even have poetry on Twitter!

Yet an occassional protest rebels against tweeting as does this essay which says: “In reality, social media is not literature, and tweeting is not writing. The text, the tweet, the post — these hasty bits of content do not give access to the deep well of the hidden mind. They can’t make you better, but they can make you worse.

I say this from a conviction that society, having gone insane — caught in a fever, lost in war, entangled in corruption, deceived by political promise — regains control of its narrative by creating literature. Novels, histories, poems.”

Read more on what this blogger from South Africa has to say in this article in Bizcommunity.

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