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  •  Marcel Proust. (2+ / 0-)
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    rserven, jessical

    Twitter doesn't have enough characters for him to express the first hints of the smell of madeleines, much less a remembrance of things past.

    It's a trend that's good for 140 character microfiction.  But communication?  That's another matter entirely.

    •  email, on the other hand.... (2+ / 0-)
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      rserven, davidseth

      ...is entirely accessible.  And I really think it does revive some of the joy and depth of pen and paper correspondence.  

      ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

      by jessical on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 03:22:49 PM PDT

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    •  Some Proust in Twitter: (1+ / 0-)
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      davidseth

      Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

      The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

      As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and scie

    •  Proust is not always an appropriate mode... (1+ / 0-)
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      rserven

      of conversation. If I'm reconnecting with a friend I saw two days ago, I really don't need 3500 pages on how his afternoon tea went ;)

      Twitter and "Proust-Mode" both have their purpose - that doesn't make one worse or better. What makes twitter untenable right now is that it is hard to apply any kind of filtering - there's a flood of micro-updates.

      If we could focus on the relevant one, it would make communication so much more powerful. Guess what I'm spending my spare time on? ;)

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