Thursday, March 6, 2014

One-Liner Thoughts

Tweet Trumpets

“[T]oday the media endlessly trumpets tweets as an important form of discourse. Well, you know, people who write in simple one-liners—what we used to call aphorisms—a lot like [author Robert] Fulghum, are they that different that Tweeters? I mean, either a sentence can be serious and invite serious thought, or it can’t. I think most of the culture believes it can.”

—Carlin Romano, philosopher, journalist and author of America the Philosophical, on “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” Public Radio International, March 2, 2014. 

• Editorial Comment: Let’s see: “Fourscore and seven years ago . . ." That’s 29 characters.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
Tuba Tweets?


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