It turns out that the fleeting pronouncements we post on Twitter are catnip for academics and others eager to find the elusive pulse of American society. Since Twitter launched in 2006, researchers have been hard at work figuring out how to turn those 140-character musings into tea leaves with something meaningful to say about us all.[...]
How does one read Twitter literature? Your thoughts are as good as mine. I suppose I’ll have to learn or end up in the ash heap of old-timey turners of pages. Because Twit Lit is upon us, manifested by Jennifer Egan and now, under the twitter handle “Bitchuation,” by mercurial filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.[...]
In March, Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad) paid a visit to Google and was asked to sum up her year since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. She said: “I am still not used to the idea that I won it. Maybe I will finally really grab hold of that idea when someone else wins it.[...]
Alain de Botton has mastered the art of popularizing great philosophy. His books, lectures, televised programs and the London-based School of Life – they all help de Botton get great ideas “out there.” And now he turns to Twitter. On Friday, @AlaindeBotton tweeted a short course in political philosophy in seven parts.[...]
A quick reminder: we’re always adding more good cultural content to our Twitter stream. Give us a follow at @openculture, and we’ll keep sending curated culture (in the form of tweets and retweets) your way. So far 6,200+ readers have joined us there. If you appreciate what Open Culture is all about, it’s a must.[...]
223 years ago today, the Constitutional Convention started meeting secretly in Philadelphia. Several months later, the meetings ended with the signing of the US Constitution. Starting today, the National Constitution Center will use Twitter to reenact the events of the Convention.[...]
Guaranteed to make you smarter, or your money back. You can follow us on Twitter here. (Or become a Facebook fan.) Here they go:
RT @BoingBoing: Most beautiful bookstore – Buenos Aires’s Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid http://bit.ly/c5iapa
RT @Alyssa_Milano: Two new MIT classes focus on helping #Haiti: http://is.
A quick wrap up of the cultural items we tweeted and re-tweeted this week via our Twitter stream. You can start following us here: @openculture
RT @jonathanlandman: Insufferably brilliant: Bernstein on the Blues – Video Library – The New York Times –http://nyti.ms/dCkoqH
Deep Thinking Alive and Well on the Web http://bit.
Why let good tweets (and re-tweets) go to waste? Each week, we’re going to list some of the cultural goodies that appeared in our Twitter stream. You can start following Open Culture on Twitter here.
Fun video. Notre Dame Marching Band Doing Things Differently RT @mwesch: OK Go – This Too Shall Pass http://bit.[...]