Why Twitter Sucks, Alexander Zaitchiks spot-on cover story for last weeks Sacramento News & Review. Twitter brings us within sight of an apotheosis of those aspects of American culture that have become all too familiar in recent years: look-at-me adolescent neediness, constant-contact media addiction, birdlike attention-span compression and vapidity to the point of depravity, Zaitchick reasons, in a 277-character thesis statement that surely would feel like a damn dissertation to those who tweet daily or, God help them, hourly. Besides being required reading for anyone with an acute distaste for social networking sites and an unhealthy bent for conspiracy theories spoiler alert: it equates the language-slaying, narcissist-enabling service to a global pandemic the article is also OMG, LOL funny. Among the better passages:
How can you not hate a site that encourages people to post, At the parkI love squirrels! and F@*k! I forgot to TiVo Lost last night. How can you not want to slap these people with a mackerel?
Just last week, (tech blogger Clive) Thompson contributed to Twitters national epic psychosocial genome project by tweeting: Im extremely sad that I cant find Liz Phairs Rocket Boy to blip on blip.fm. Frowny faces all around, Clive.