So Twitter doesn’t only have the widely recognized usefulness of providing updates on news and revolution, and illuminating links, and many laughs and smirks. It has also brought about a surprising revival of the epigrammatic impulse in a literary culture that otherwise values the merely personal and the super-colloquial as badges of authenticity. “Write as short as you can/ In order/ Of what matters,” John Berryman counseled in a pre-tweet of 44 characters. Favorite that, followers.
The news on Wednesday sounded like the setup for a lame Silicon Valley joke. Russian hackers stole 6 million passwords from LinkedIn. Did they mistranslate “world’s largest professional network” as “professional network that people actually use”?
ARNHEM, The Netherlands (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Dutch boy was sentenced to a year in juvenile detention on Monday for stabbing to death a girl whose Facebook posts reportedly led to a contract for her killing.