Thursday, June 04, 2015

So Much Extra Space in a Tweet

I was thinking yesterday about how the major issues of our day are debated on Twitter, where everyone is limited to 140 characters, and how this does not lend itself to a full, nuanced treatment of topics. This week in particular the issue has been Bruce Jenner's transition to Caitlyn Jenner. Most public figures who are tweeting about it are then having to issue several apology tweets later. You just can't say what there is to say in 140 characters.

Then I realized that the entire thing boiled down to whether you call him Bruce or call her Caitlyn. And that requires just a handful of characters. The world has no time for nuance. Pick a hashtag and we'll know which tribe you're in.

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