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Tweet Narrative

From The Stranger, probably my favorite story about Twitter ever: Paul Constant Reviews Twitter. He writes every paragraph in 140-characters. Each item actually could stand alone as a tweet, but it also works as a narrative.


the first time I tried to read this, when it was in print and the 140-character structure wasn't obvious, I didn't get much past the second sentence ("Faster than they told YouTube, people told Twitter what was happening.") because it was so meaningless and was followed by one that I fundamentally disagreed with ("In breaking news, eyewitness reports are almost always more valuable and interesting than a journalist's accounts.")

Trying to read the whole thing now, possibly getting a better sense of the point, there are sections where I can't tell if you're supposed to read from top to bottom or bottom to top.

posted by josh at 3:00 AM on July 13, 2009

I found it easier to crank the font size.

posted by Andy Baio at 10:50 AM on July 13, 2009

I think that this is a fascinating performance piece about the strengths and limitations of the 140-character format and the ephemerality of the medium. Taken individually, and floating on the surface of a stream of thoughts, each of these paragraphs might seem profound. In print, or in collection, many of them beg for falsification, argument, and further discourse.

posted by josh at 11:51 AM on July 13, 2009

Tom Ewing's Pitchfork column two months ago did the same thing, and better.

posted by Matos W.K. at 11:20 PM on July 13, 2009

(I like Constant's writing plenty, but credit where due.)

posted by Matos W.K. at 11:22 PM on July 13, 2009

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