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Posts Tagged ‘Twit lit’

Twit lit: Palin publisher hopes ‘rogue’ stays in vogue

Posted by James McPherson on October 3, 2009

Apparently not bothering to read much gives Sarah Palin lots of time to write, as her new book will hit bookstores next month, rather than next spring. Perhaps this Thanksgiving will go better than last year’s for Palin.

Publisher HarperCollins reportedly want to take advantage of the Christmas shopping season, though I suspect fears that the Alaska Abdicator may completely fade from relevance may also be a factor.

Some Republicans think a Palin nomination would be “catastrophic” for the party (admittedly that quote comes from a John McCain aide, but then, who knows GOP disaster better than McCain folks?), and the conservative New York Post reports that the Moose Killa from Wasilla has not proven to be much of a draw on the lecture circuit,

“The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot,” says one apparent insider. “What does she have to say? She can’t even describe what she reads.”

That doesn’t raise much hope for the book, whose “author” (not surprisingly, she has a co-author) can’t even stay honest on Facebook or Twitter (come to think of it, that seems to be a common problem on social networking sites, though most writers are lying about themselves, not about policy proposals).

Regardless, considering Palin’s level of accuracy within 140 characters, or speak coherently for 20 minutes, pity whomever decides to try to  wade through 400 pages.

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Twit litter categorized

Posted by James McPherson on August 31, 2009

Apparently 40 percent of Twitter tweets are “pointless babble.” That seems like an incredibly low figure to me, but then I think much of what passes today for mainstream news also qualifies as pointless babble.

 I’ve disgust … er, discussed previously my views about Twitter (also here, here, here and here). Still, I like the diagram below and thought it worth sharing/saving. It comes to me from Kevin Kelly, via Endless Emandation.

 

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