Clive Thompson: How Tweets and Texts Nurture In-Depth Analysis

Even though I'm pretty much just sharing links in the last few posts, I was interested in this article because it does resonate quite a bit, and speaks to why I've been busy researching and contemplating ideas I want to blog about. In addition, stuff I find on Twitter often takes me deeper into an idea and, in some instances, has led to a growing network of connections with people who have gone deep into ideas that attract me as well...

We’re often told that the Internet has destroyed people’s patience for long, well-thought-out arguments. After all, the ascendant discussions of our day are text messages, tweets, and status updates. The popularity of this endless fire hose of teensy utterances means we’ve lost our appetite for consuming—and creating—slower, reasoned contemplation. Right?

I’m not so sure. In fact, I think something much more complex and interesting is happening: The torrent of short-form thinking is actually a catalyst for more long-form meditation.