Reading Blog 18 – November 13, 2015

“Why Twitter Will Endure” by David Carr, written for The New York Times.

In today’s reading, David Carr discusses how Twitter has become such an important tool in today’s culture. It’s lightweight, fast, and easy to use, which is why it is so appealing to the masses. Carr argues that Twitter’s main feature is to disseminate news and information to people all over the world. Twitter provides people with short bursts of information which communicates to its users the main points of certain news stories or events. Not to mention, Twitter provides its users with an endless stream of information, allowing its users to constantly be up to date. Though connecting with people is not it’s main feature, Twitter does allow its users to engage in conversations with each other. Twitter is initially a non-reciprocative platform, meaning you don’t have to follow people back if you don’t want to. This lets people pick and choose who they want to hear from, or how they learn new information, Though it is non-reciprocative, a lot of people plug into discussions with each other. Twitter may not improve one-on-one communication, but it does help with bigger forum discussions about certain events or news stories. Through its customizable hashtags, Twitter became a platform that defines the important topics going on in the world. It helps people discover what other people think is important, and give their feedback on that topic. In conclusion, Carr argues that all of these beneficial functions will help Twitter serve as a tool for future generations.

Links:

  1. “Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st Century?” – http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=7979891
  2. “The Unbearable Lightness of Tweeting” – http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/02/the-unbearable-lightness-of-tweeting/385484/
  3. “Anyone Who Says Twitter Is Nothing But A Distraction Doesn’t Understand Twitter” – http://www.businessinsider.com/the-distraction-trope-2011-2

Discussion Questions:

  1. According to Carr, Twitter is not a platform that requires reciprocation. Therefore, how can the public makes sure that they aren’t just hearing perspectives on Twitter that support their own personal views? How can we make sure we stay unbiased in political situations?
  2. In the future, do we see Twitter taking over major news networks?
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