Kung may Class President lang sa Twitter, then na-ilista na nya ko sa noisy boys, especially for today. Pano naman, ang daming nangyari: nag-overtime UP-UST sa UAAP basketball kanina; ina-announce ni Ines Ligron sa blog nya na si John Galliano nag-design ng national costume ng Japan—only to find out later that the purported dress has already appeared in a Japanese designer’s website. At apparently, ang dami kong Twitter friends na interesado pala sa Miss Universe pageant (at hindi sila bading, lol) kaya ayun, more more chika!
I was supposed to post that first sentence on Twitter but that would have been obnoxious.
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According to The Shallows, a new book by technology sage Nicholas Carr, our hyperactive online habits are damaging the mental faculties we need to process and understand lengthy textual information. Round-the-clock news feeds leave us hyperlinking from one article to the next – without necessarily engaging fully with any of the content; our reading is frequently interrupted by the ping of the latest email; and we are now absorbing short bursts of words on Twitter and Facebook more regularly than longer texts.
I’ve shared a similar observation with friends: Twitter has made it difficult for me to write long blog entries, or even articles. While brevity is a virtue, it impedes the art of reflection and deliberation—no wonder Twitter has no ‘edit’ button 😀