[Marxism] Fwd: LENIN'S TOMB: Twitter warning

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 29 07:32:33 MDT 2014

Richard Seymour gets it right:

First, clearly, 140 characters makes a difference.  It's supposed to. 
The concision demanded by this form lends itself to, among other better 
things, the formulation of statements in the form of sentiments and 
platitudes.  It is not a format best suited to rigorous argument, but to 
the emphatic reiteration of dogma and sentimentality.

Second, Twitter is a marketing platform, which is designed to foster 
short-term buzz and hype.  It would be absurd for me to be pious about 
this aspect of Twitter, since I depend upon it to circulate my writing, 
and advertise upcoming events.  Still, this has effects.  The whole 
point of Twitter is that to fully participate in it, one has to get 
carried away with passing frenzies.


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