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Month: September 2011

9/11, Twitter, and the kind of time-warps allowed therein

9/11, Twitter, and the kind of time-warps allowed therein

The Next Web has an interesting analysis on The Guardian‘s well-intentioned but ultimately badly-received Twitter account chronicling the 9/11 attacks as if they were 10 years in the past: @911tenyearsago. The article itself has got a pretty good take on the entire affair, but here are my own thoughts on it.

For me, the failure of that account is twofold. Twitter, for better or for worse, is a medium that is for the here and the now. From “What are you doing?” to “What’s happening?”, the purpose of Twitter has always been present-tense. To have an account trapped in the past tweeting about events as if they were happening in the present, is not just incongruous but also misleading and, for those who harbour traumatic memories of that day, very hurtful.

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