I’ve been really late on this whole Twitter thing. It’s a wonder that it still exists, I was expecting it to die out as soon as I realized what it was and how to use it. Thankfully, it hasn’t and I still have time to not only get into it, but blog about it too.
My first exposure to Twitter was a Penny Arcade comic:
Needless to say, I wasn’t really motivated to delve further into the Twitterverse. Then it got biiiiiiig, but I was still reluctant. Because, well, I am a very lazy lady. But when Marple and I started this thing, we decided to get an account. Jezebel regularly do a sort of Best of Twitter post, which I have always enjoyed, but with an account of my own, I decided to make the most of it. And so I dove into the Twitterpool. And I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
I have already mentioned that one of the things that Twitter has contributed to my life is updating me on what’s going on in the world, some tweets are just straight up newspaper headlines. There has been so much tweeting recently about Haiti, and how to donate and what you can do to help. It might seem shallow at a glance, but I’m sure that it’s done some good (there’s probably a way to check that, but again, I am a lazy lady, and I think you get the point). Yesterday, the iPad was released and the twittering about that was just crazy. Almost everybody was either praising it, wanting it or calling it a female hygiene product. I think the childish puns are my favorite part.
We all know that it’s a great way for celebrities to connect with their fans, and blah blah blah. There are two types of celebrity twitterers that I love:
1. The funny, observational and at times mean twitterer:
2. The batshit crazy twitterer
Oh, they amuse me. I don’t find anything malicious in mocking them because they put this out there themselves, it’s not a candid cameltoe paparazzi picture, this is voluntary. I must say, I am a bit disappointed by Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. I find them so deliciously awful (although I totally respect their upfront famewhoring attitude), and their tweets are so very blah. Shame. They are just going to have to work harder if they want me to follow them.
All in all, I just wanted to let the world know that I am cool with Twitter. So tweet away, my pretties, I’ll see you in the news feed.
Do you still read newspapers, or do you read them online? Or are you satisfied with watching the news on tv? Maybe you prefer blogs, or even Facebook statues and twitter. Does it really matter where we get our news from?
Of course it does. Let’s get the main and most obvious issues out of the way: legitimacy, accuracy and neutrality. If you’re lucky, you will get two out of three.
I voluntarily get most of my news from Mr. Jon Stewart and Mr. Stephen Colbert, and that’s just how I roll. I do not see anything wrong with having them as sources just because they are comedians as well. Serious issues do not have to be discussed in black & white print or by surly old men. I like a little comedic perspective with my politics and current affairs, thankyouverymuch.
However, I inadvertently also learn about current events via twitter and Facebook statuses, these are not the news sources that I choose, but I can’t really avoid them. They are not my first choice, but they do get the information out into the world so you can then go on and pick your news source and learn more about it there. Marple commented a while back that although she has never watched Idol, she knew a great deal about it, due to Facebook statuses. I learnt that Patrick Swayze was dead via Facebook statuses, and the recent earthquake in Haiti was tweeted before I could hear about it anywhere else. If I think back, I learnt about 9/11 on somebody’s AIM away message (“Watching the towers fall” prompted me to turn on the tv).
Is this a bad thing? I mean, as long as the information is reaching people and prompting them to look into it further, isn’t that what really matters? After I hear about these things, I will usually go online and either google it, or go to my usual blogs, read more there and then follow their links. Lazy? Perhaps. But this has become my own ritual instead of reading the morning paper over breakfast, and not only because I prioritize sleep over most things. So I guess this is better than either forcing myself to read the newspaper like it’s homework, or not even bothering at all.
I can see how our attention spans are getting smaller, but I don’t think it’s necessarily only because we are getting lazier, but because the amount of information is growing too fast. We need to divide our focus between all the different headlines that are thrown at us, and getting it summed up with emoticons in 140 characters or less can be seen as time efficient. Maybe, we’re just learning to manage our time better. Or we could all be headed downhill towards a pit of ignorance.