Sunday, January 26, 2014

In an attempt to stop it vanishing up its own fundament, an interwebs warrior appears

Someone on a message board linked to an article they link-titled "problems with Twitter". Intrigued, I clicked the link and was taken to the New York Times' blog article Valley of the Blahs: How Justin Bieber’s Troubles Exposed Twitter’s Achilles’ Heel, written by a Jenna Wortham.

Already haring off after a white rabbit - a message board command to read a blog post about Twitter - I wasn't surprised when the article fell right down the rabbit hole.  Jenna is very sad about Twitter, which has stopped being relevant.
But Twitter isn't really about the most important thing anymore — it stopped being about relevancy a long time ago. Twitter seems to have reached a turning point, a phase in which its contributors have stopped trying to make the service as useful as possible for the crowd, and are instead trying to distinguish themselves from one another. It’s less about drifting down the stream, absorbing what you can while you float, and more about trying to make the flashiest raft to float on, gathering fans and accolades as you go. 
How did this happen?

A blog post about the ephemeral nature of Twitter. It's like the pot calling the kettle black, except it's a bit more like the 2-quart dutch oven calling the 4" omelette pan last year's shade of Monroe Bisque.

I fully expect to see a Usenet post about this blog post about that blog post about Twitter within the next quarter of an hour.

Yes, Usenet, for Jenna continues:
than exhausting. It may be why less public forms of communication — messaging applications like Snapchat, GroupMe, Instagram Direct and even old-fashioned e-mail threads and Google groups — are playing a bigger and bigger role in the most meaningful interactions during my day online.
"Google groups" is Usenet! We're back, assweasels! *

I'm also compelled to add that Jenna also says the following:
Much of that ensues in hilarity.
Written out literally, this means "A lot of that sort of thing then happens in a place called 'Hilarity'".  I'm sure that's not what she means, but she used the word ensues incorrectly. When you have the entire internets to fill, including the apparently recently renascent Usenet, you run out of editors.

*We're back but we're not allowed to use the "b-word" any more as it is "gendered".

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