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It removes them from their context. And here is where the annoying elitism comes in. It is anti-twitter. Partly this is that it is not twitter--it is a book, while t On the one hand, this book is okay. Partly this is that it is not twitter--it is a book, while twitter is online. But there is a kind of smugness to these stories. They are prettier than the news articles, and somehow that makes it better or something along those lines, perhaps.
And I would agree with that, but the effect of taking the news and putting it into a book, porn reviews and world news and all, is that it is silly. While a thing like twitter exists to carry all kinds of stories, it mostly exists to link all of the world together. Here, we have all kinds of stories, but with no link, no context, no life. It is dead stories polished a bit and printed on dead trees.
As a person who has no interest in twitter, I found in this book that at least twitter is alive. It has life, and characters, and meaning. Here, there is only a profound lack of attachment to anything. That's fine, I suppose. Perhaps it's supposed to be about being dead. About summarizing nothing for no one, and disconnecting news from life. In which case I got it all wrong. I would still leave the 1 star rating though. View 1 comment. Since reading Anti-Twitter I've been thinking more and more about what Twitter is.
I guess that's one effect of studying what it isn't which is what the book does in the seams. I know Twitter is used most often and most successfully to disseminate gossip and rumors. The funny thing about gossip and rumor is that it's used to make something ugly seem nice and harmless - so the reader starts to think that ugly isn't so bad.
Anti-Twitter reverses that process. Twitter helps politicians and journa Since reading Anti-Twitter I've been thinking more and more about what Twitter is. Twitter helps politicians and journalists sell ugliness; Anti-Twitter reveals what you bought. I know most people don't want to know that what they have been consuming as fact is actually crap, but I would rather know.
That way I can stop swallowing it. Aug 03, Daniel rated it it was amazing. I really didn't expect to like this book so much. Read in a very short span while waiting at the gate at the airport, I absolutely loved how more honest, human, and thought-provoking these short takes on news stories were compared to the blather of CNN talking heads that was being pumped on screens throughout the terminal.
By deconstructing news items from across the subject spectrum and re-communicating them at their simplest and at times most absurd, Jaffe creates something really powerful whe I really didn't expect to like this book so much. By deconstructing news items from across the subject spectrum and re-communicating them at their simplest and at times most absurd, Jaffe creates something really powerful where you don't know whether to cry, laugh, or take a drink when considering what humanity does on a regular basis.
Though so short, it is the kind of writing that loses its impact with too much at once, so I found the amount here just right. With Anti-Twitter Harold Jaffe distills the contemporary world to its essence, bringing the reader stories of exactly 50 words inspired by recent news items and information sources. Often he deconstructs the framework of original texts to present that which lies at the core, the "inner truth" that had been hidden behind the story's original construction.
Anti-twitter covers the gamut of contemporary culture, from machine sex to human trafficking, from text messaging to torture, from art to a With Anti-Twitter Harold Jaffe distills the contemporary world to its essence, bringing the reader stories of exactly 50 words inspired by recent news items and information sources. Anti-twitter covers the gamut of contemporary culture, from machine sex to human trafficking, from text messaging to torture, from art to anorexia.
Most importantly, Anti-Twitter documents and relates our frenzied times with keen observations and wit. Feb 07, Stella Karl rated it it was amazing. This text really surprised me. I was assigned this reading in a class taught by the author, Harold Hal Jaffe. I assumed the book would be elitist and dense but boy was I wrong. It was stark and honest wile touching and subtle. Jaffe is unapologetic about his viewpoints without being exclusionary. The amount of meaning he is able to insert into a 50 word piece is impressive to say the least. April 23, at pm.
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