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2009-03-22 01:55

Executive summary of what follows: you must subscribe this very instant to Christopher Walken’s Twitter feed. Now I’m in love with him too.

I’ve been so negligent about Mikarrhea in recent months and years I’m not even sure at this exact moment whether I’ve ever previously confessed here (as opposed to on Facebook) my raging adoration for Glenn Greenwald. OK, a hasty search demonstrates that I have at least introduced the topic.

Today Glennzilla had some lovely disparaging words about Twitter (a word I personally associate more than anything else with the conclusion of “To Autumn”) that resonated with me. I, too, even prone to (or undefended against) self-revelation as I am, can’t seem to find a use for it. My Facebook page gets whatever tweet-material I have to offer.

So here’s Glenn’s take on Twitter. What I love most about it is his endearing conviction in the worthlessness of his own feed, even as he advertises it.

John Cole confesses to what he acknowledges is a “Get off my lawn” sentiment in questioning the purpose, value and appeal of Twitter. At the risk of appearing as crotchety as he does, I share that bewilderment. About Twitter messages, John says “they all read like cell phone text messages between 12 year olds,” and indeed, the only purpose I can discern is that it provides a format for expressing thoughts that are too inconsequential to merit a stand-alone article or post. For precisely that reason, it is unsurprising that Twitter has become a huge hit among our media stars, for whom triviality is a guiding principle.

But, pre-Twitter, did we really have a shortage of venues devoted to petty musings? I’d say the opposite is true. In any event, for those interested, I do have a Twitter feed which I’ve been using sporadically in a thus-far-futile attempt to find any real purpose to it (though it does seem to work reasonably well for concise derision). Those interested can find and follow my Twitter feed here, though I recommend as worthwhile neither Twitter generally nor (at least thus far) my Twitter observations specifically.

Even better, though, is the fact that Glenn later posts an update in which, after citing some defenses of Twitter, he mitigates his criticism somewhat:

[O]n Twitter itself, The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer says that the only way someone would doubt the value of Twitter is if one has not been reading Christopher Walken’s Twitter page. Having just perused it, it’s hard to argue with Sewer’s point.

Christopher Walken is fucking hilarious! OMG! THAT’s what Twitter is for!


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