Monday, March 12, 2012

"Unspeakably irritating"

Apparently Jonathan Franzen critized Twitter by saying it was the "the ultimate irresponsible medium."

The full quote is:

“It’s a free country. People can do whatever they want within the law, and even some things not within the law…I personally was on Facebook for two weeks as part of a piece of journalism I was writing — it seemed sort of dumb to me. Twitter is unspeakably irritating. Twitter stands for everything I oppose…it’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters…it’s like if Kafka had decided to make a video semaphoring The Metamorphosis. Or it’s like writing a novel without the letter ‘P’…It’s the ultimate irresponsible medium.
In response, some folks on Twitter have been posting to #jonathanfranzenhates, mostly proving his point but there are some funny lines, like:

 the moon.Its light is unspeakably dishonest + no more than a reflection

 Wordprocessors. *Real* writers etch their words onto the parchment through quills filled with their own blood & saliva

 Emoticons, because it takes 600 pages to accurately convey emotion.

  Jennifer Weiner. Or is it the other way around?

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