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The Best Graphic Novels and Graphic Nonfiction of 2012

The Best Graphic Novels and Graphic Nonfiction of 2012 | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
From music history to war trials by way of Hunter S. Thompson and Steve Jobs, with a side of Ancient China.

Following this year’s best science books, art books, design books, philosophy and psychology books, children’s books, and history books, the 2012 best-of reading lists continue with the annual roundup of the year’s finest graphic novels and best additions to these 10 favorite masterworks of graphic nonfiction.
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IDG Connect – Dan Swinhoe (Global) - The App Revolution: How this Varies By Market

IDG Connect – Dan Swinhoe (Global) - The App Revolution: How this Varies By Market | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Dan Swinhoe investigates apps- how different countries use them and how businesses can get on board.
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"The iPad2 is equivalent to a 1986 Cray II supercomputer. It was the pre-eminent computer in the world. In 1993 the iPad2 would have been considered one of the 30 fastest computers in the world."
George Colony, CEO, Forrester
Needless to say, computers have got a lot better in recent years. The age-old theory that processing doubles every 18 months and storage doubles every 12 months, all the while becoming cheaper means that our hand-held devices now contain even greater potential than ever before. Much of this potential is being channelled through apps, and with sales of smartphones having now surpassed 1 billion this year, this isn't a trend that will be dissipating anytime soon.
App culture has become ubiquitous; Google's Our Mobile Planet series shows featured app stats for a variety of countries, including who has the most, who can't live without them, and the free/paid for ratio. According to the stats, Japan is the most ‘appy', but Germany is amongst the most keen to pay. But whichever country you view the stats for, the numbers point to more apps being used by more people - both app use and development have spread like wildfire across the world.
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Interesting debate in the comments ... about "app-culture

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What Poetry Teaches Us About the Power of Persuasion

Logic and grammar are important. But for students to truly own the English language, they need to read and write poems.

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Learning about poetry (how to read it, write it, and appreciate it) is an integral part of teaching students about all forms of writing. A poem is not just a place to present a student's grammatical knowledge (in fact, it is often the space to subvert it!). Poetry, more than any other form of writing, trains students to take into account the style of language. This close looking and listening is crucial to writing well in any manner. It would be hard to say that any outstanding essay does not involve meticulous word choice or the ability to persuade a reader through sheer aesthetic prowess. Poetry teaches students how to do this.

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In the "Importance of Poetry in Children's Learning," Michael Benton argues that poetry is key to children's learning about language because poems read differently than other forms of writing. Even though contemporary poetry rarely adheres to traditional poetic forms, all poetry (contemporary or otherwise) pays close attention to the sound and form of words. When students develop a deep familiarity with the craft of language in a poetry class, they learn how to express their new ideas in sentences and phrases full of their own style.

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There are practical ways to do this in a 2012 classroom. When I teach classes on the argumentative essay, one of my favorite books to bring in is Jay-Z's Decoded. It is a gift for teachers, because Jay-Z provides very clear, close readings of his own poems. (This is something few poets throughout history have provided.) I have had many successful lessons in which I have played his song "99 Problems" for students and then showed them how he breaks down its construction in Decoded.

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Once students can see that Jay-Z wrote each line with such purpose, crafted many complex ideas into powerful verse, it paves the way for meaningful discussions about how to create any argument in language. Students can see that their ideas are important, and that style helps their impact come through.

Kenneth Koch, the author of Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry, was a revolutionary educator who brought poetry to thousands of public school children in New York City. He famously argued that the best poetry refuses to "condescend" to the minds of children.

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#youtube The New #MindMeister Presentation Mode - online #mindmapping incorporates #Prezi style #presentation mode

See how to "develop and present your ideas seamlessly" (TM).
MindMeister is the leading online mind mapping and collaboration tool that runs inside your web browser and on mobile devices.

MindMeister utilizes HTML5 and JavaScript and doesn't require any installations or plugins.

The Presentation Mode is not supported in the MindMeister App yet, but works with web browsers on tablets.

It's something you have to experience for yourself. Try it for free at http://www.mindmeister.com !
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7 Ways To Become A Better Reader And Writer | Edudemic

7 Ways To Become A Better Reader And Writer | Edudemic | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

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Twitter kreativ in Seminaren und Workshops einsetzen

Twitter kreativ in Seminaren und Workshops einsetzen | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Wenn von Twitter in der Bildungsarbeit die Rede ist, dann wird meist an Marketing oder Twitterwalls bei Konferenzen gedacht. Doch Twitter bietet auch eine beachtliche Bandbreite an kreativen Einsatzmöglichkeiten für Bildungsprojekte.

 

von Karsten Lucke und Anselm Maria Sellen


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This startup wants to turn a 17-year-old intern into a bigtime media publisher

This startup wants to turn a 17-year-old intern into a bigtime media publisher | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Stampsy makes tools that let you publish, share, and design every aspect of your message to the world using an iPad.
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The company has come up with a different kind of interface for its media, dubbed a “stamp.” Viewing the content in the stamps is like browsing through a beautiful magazine you might have on a coffee table. To add content to the stamp, the author uses Stampsy’s tools, which can be touched, dragged and dropped on a mobile device. But you don’t have to know a programming language to craft and publish your content.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/10/02/stampsy-builds-tools-for-the-next-generation-of-bloggers-and-publishers/#RcZbmk1IG1LuqUjk.99
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onehundredfortywords | about making stuff that helps people learn

onehundredfortywords | about making stuff that helps people learn | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
I volunteered to present so that I would have a committment to solve the issues that I’ve encountered in my own workflow — mainly how to take something I find on the Internet, or in my RSS reader, or an idea I have while I only have my iPhone handy, and send quick notes to WordPress so I can finish the post later. That saves time, but even more importantly, it saves attention.
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Create Custom Ebook Encyclopaedias From Wikipedia

Create Custom Ebook Encyclopaedias From Wikipedia | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

It's not a difficult process: click the "Create a book" link located in Wikipedia's left sidebar, collate the articles you want to include (you can include complete categories, which makes great sense), and then export it as a PDF or EPUB file. There's a little video tutorial you can watch if you need more help but don't worry: it's really easy.


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Are Books Doomed? The Rise of E-Reading [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The tactile pleasure of worn pages between your fingers is hard to replace. But when it comes to encouraging people to embrace the written word, e-readers trump their physical counterparts.
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William Gibson on Twitter, Antique Watches and Internet Obsessions | Underwire | Wired.com

William Gibson on Twitter, Antique Watches and Internet Obsessions | Underwire | Wired.com | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
For William Gibson, Twitter has taken the place of his previous obsession with antique watches.
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In Part 2 of the Wired interview, one of science fiction’s most singular voices — and one of its most compelling thinkers — discusses the internet, social media, his fascination with antique watches and punk rock, and his fear of nostalgia.

Wired: You’ve had some interesting thoughts about social media. You once said, “I was never interested in Facebook or Myspace because the environment seemed too top-down mediated. They feel like malls to me. But Twitter actually feels like the street. You can bump into anybody on Twitter.” Can you expand on that?
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Citelighter - The fully automated bibliography, research, citation, and internet highlighting tool.

Citelighter - The fully automated bibliography, research, citation, and internet highlighting tool. | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

From FreeTech4Teachers:

 

Citelighter is a helpful tool for anyone trying to organize their online and or offline research findings. At its core Citelighter is a browser extension (available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) that enables you to select sections of webpages and save them along with the important information needed to create an APA, MLA, or Chicago style bibliography. If you have pieces of text from books and journals that you want to include in your list of citations, you can add those in Citelighter too.


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The world's most difficult books: how many have you read?

The world's most difficult books: how many have you read? | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Alison Flood is intrigued by the claim by literary website the Millions to have identified the toughest books ever written. How many of its top 10 have you read, and which others might be on your list?

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The titles? Nightwood by Djuna Barnes; A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift; The Phenomenology of Spirit by GF Hegel; To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf; Clarissa, or, The History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson; Finnegans Wake by James Joyce; Being and Time by Martin Heidegger; The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser; The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein; and Women and Men by Joseph McElroy.

There are a few other books I might include in the list – Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, and ..

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Introducing “Kindle FreeTime Unlimited”—The All-You-Can-Eat Content Service Built From the Ground Up Just for Kids—Available Exclusively on the All-New Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD - @J T N-Network

Introducing “Kindle FreeTime Unlimited”—The All-You-Can-Eat Content Service Built From the Ground Up Just for Kids—Available Exclusively on the All-New Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD - @J T N-Network | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Owners of the all-new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD get one month of FreeTime Unlimited for free
“Kindle FreeTime Unlimited
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SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 5, 2012– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today introduced Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, bringing together for the first time all of the types of content kids and parents love—books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows—into one simple, unlimited, easy-to-use service for kids ages 3-8. For a special monthly price of just $2.99 per child or$6.99 for the whole family, Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of popular kids titles. Customers who are not yet Prime members can sign up for FreeTime Unlimited for a monthly price of $4.99 per child or $9.99 per family. FreeTime Unlimited will be available on the all-new Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9” as part of a free, over-the-air software update that will be automatically delivered in the coming weeks.Kids will love FreeTime Unlimited because:
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They can explore all the content on their own and pick for themselves what to read, watch or play next
All of their favorite characters are included—Elmo, Dora, Thomas & Friends, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen, Curious George and more
With individual profiles, everything in their library is theirs—no sharing a home screen with siblings or parents and no losing their place in a movie or TV show when someone else picks up the Kindle Fire
They can easily explore their favorite topics—pick a favorite subject like “Princesses” and navigate seamlessly between princess books, princess games and princess TV shows

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The App’s the Thing: Shakespeare Goes Social

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Shakespeare is going digital.

Notre Dame professor Elliott Visconsi has co-created a new app for the iPad called The Tempest that he says helps accelerate student learning by allowing them to develop deeper comprehension in less time than solitary reading. At the heart of the app is a social network that encourages students to communicate their interpretations and collaborate with others.

 


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“We wanted collaboration, interpretive depth, and the exchange of ideas to be the very foundation of the reading experience, and not just an overlay.”
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...With these authoring tools, you are providing an environment in which people are encouraged to produce and not just passively consume. So what kind of impact have these social tools had on student engagement, comprehension and appreciation of “The Tempest?”

Visconsi: Students and teachers get further into the play faster, with deeper comprehension than by solitary reading. Along the lines of the flipped classroom metaphor, we have seen students working at a higher level in class, demonstrating deeper interpretive sophistication, and handling textual details with much more ease. They are prepared to get into complex philosophical issues sooner. They come to class better prepared, asking more strenuous questions. By getting deeper into the play and sharing notes and reading together, students are more confident. And they feel they can look to their peers in moments when they need guidance. So the app is expanding the footprint of the class. The classroom is becoming ubiquitous. Meaningful conversation can happen anytime.

We’ve found that our readers have a better intuitive understanding of the role of performance in a work of dramatic literature, and that they have expressed a lot of pleasure in discovering Shakespeare in this format. The responses have been uniformly positive; it’s thrilling to hear back from readers all over the world who are using the app and enjoying it immensely for school or pleasur
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How to integrate Kindle Store into Flipboard | Ebook Friendly

How to integrate Kindle Store into Flipboard | Ebook Friendly | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
A very easy trick to get Kindle Store Flipboard integration - get RSS feed from Amazon to your Google Reader account.
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Yesterday’s ebook news of the day was Flipboard iBookstore integration. However, many iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users are Kindle Store customers, and going through the lists pulled from Apple’s ebookstore doesn’t make a lot of sense. Fine, you can discover a good ebook to read, but getting it immediately from Kindle Store is a pain. You’ll have to quit Flipboard, open Safari, type in Amazon’s web address, find Kindle Store, and browse for the title.
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The Manuals: Inform

Writing with Inform is an overview of the language, beginning with the simplest kinds of construction (such as building a map of rooms, objects, and doors) and working its way up to more advanced tasks. It is meant to be read more or less sequentially, since later chapters build on the ideas in earlier ones; though some of the late chapters (such as those covering numbers, activities, or advanced text) might reasonably be read out of order.

The Recipe Book approaches the problem of authorship from a different perspective. Instead of trying to teach the language from start to finish, it is organized for the author who wants to accomplish something specific, such as asking the player's name at the start of play or implementing a system of measured liquids. It shares the same set of examples that are keyed to Writing with Inform, but organizes them into a new order and accompanies them with text about design problems in creating interactive fiction, rather than explanation of language features.
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TubeChop - Chop YouTube Videos

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TubeChop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.
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Readmill updates its social reading iPad app with support for Adobe DRM and PDF

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Readmill, the Berlin startup behind the social ebook reading platform with the same name, is today debuting a revised iPad app (iTunes link) that brings support for the Adobe DRM-protected ...
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Readmill, the Berlin startup behind the social ebook reading platform with the same name, is today debuting a revised iPad app (iTunes link) that brings support for the Adobe DRM-protected ePub and PDF formats.

The update, Readmill says, gives users access to a “virtually unlimited range” of ebooks and digital publications from the most popular online retailers, including Google Play and the Kobo store.

The updated iPad application has been highlighted by several publications a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t available so it didn’t make much sense posting it.

It does make sense now, so here goes!

On Readmill, readers can then discuss, highlight, recommend and share the works with other users, either within the Readmill community or across their social networking services of choice.

In addition to the upgraded iPad app, Readmill is today also announcing new partnerships with six independent bookstores, which have integrated the ‘Send to Readmill’ button at their online checkouts. They include Efendi Books, Ultima, Ellibs, Ebookmall, Feedbooks, Lybrary and Hacker Monthly, extending the total number of supporting retailers to 30 – and counting.
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Readmill Looks to Connect Authors, Publishers and Readers

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The Internet is once again disrupting the publishing industry, and social reading app Readmill wants to profit from the change.
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Readmill, which describes itself as a “social reading” app, dramatically increased its relevance in this uncertain space on Tuesday. The Berlin-based service for iPad will now handle a far greater range of ebooks. By supporting Adobe ADBE DRM-protected ePub and PDF, it gives users access to a huge range of ebooks and digital publications from online retailers including Google Play and the Kobo store.

“The interesting thing about the future of publishing is that the publishers are standing in front of a revolution in what their business actually is,” said Henrik Berggren, co-founder and chief executive of Readmill.

“They are used to printing books and selling them. That is changing fast. The importance of the relationship between author, publisher and reader is going to be the main thing that publishers and authors are going to work with in future. It will be a core part of their business. We want to be a part of that relationship.”
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Kompetenz statt Demenz

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Erst las ich nur die Rezension von Martin Lindner auf Google+. Dann die zentralen Thesen von Spitzer selbst. Auch den Taz-Artikel vom tastenspieler habe ich gelesen. Die Diskussion auf ZDF neo log in zu “Klicken wir uns das Gehirn weg?” mit Spitzer, Jonny Häusler und Jimmy Schulz hat mich in Wallung gebracht. Jonny hatte recht als er sagte, Spitzer sei Teil des Problems und nicht der Lösung. In der Argumentation gegen Spitzers Studien fehlen Studien, die das Gegenteil behaupten. Ich habe angefangen, Studien zu recherchieren und fruee mich auf weitere Hinweise in den Kommentaren. Während Spitzer nur nach Studien gesucht hat, die belegen, dass digitale Medien Kindern und Jugendlichen schaden, habe ich nur Studien gesucht, die das Gegenteil belegen. Natürlich sind mir auch andere untergekommen, aber die werde ich ebenso verschweigen, wie Spitzer:


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Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7: Which one is right for you? which app ecosystem may be the best for #education & #elarning?

Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7: Which one is right for you? which  app ecosystem may be the best for #education & #elarning? | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Beside my "musthave" and "beloved" iPad I am looking for an Android tablet for my Courses and workshops with students & teachers - mostly used fpr reading, writing, Elearning .. that means mixing, aggregating and curating informtaions-streams ...
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 which app ecosystem (in the android word)  maybe the best - beside IOS?

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The 7-inch tablet market just got more interesting, and more confusing. CNET breaks down the key differences between two $199 tablets: the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7. Read this blog post by Donald Bell on Android Atlas.

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The answer may have less to do with which model has the "best specs," and more with which one offers the better app ecosystem. In other words, if you're already invested in the Amazon mediascape -- with ebooks, music, and Prime video -- the Fire HD will likely have the edge. (The Kindle ebook and Amazon music apps are available on the Nexus 7, but Amazon video is not; nor is the Amazon Lending Library.) And if Google Play has some must-have apps you can't get on Amazon, that might be the tipping point.

We won't have a more definitive answer until we get a chance to live with the new Kindle Fire HD, at least for a few days (expect a full review by the time it begins shipping on September 14). In the meantime, here's how the tablets stack up against one another.

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New e-book export feature enabled on Wikipedia — Wikimedia blog

New e-book export feature enabled on Wikipedia — Wikimedia blog | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
To create your personal e-book you have to activate the ‘Create a book’ link located in the left sidebar of Wikipedia in the ‘print/export’ section. Once activated, you can compile articles or complete categories into a personal collection and export them. Collections can be exported in a variety of formats like PDF, EPUB, or OpenOffice. You can also order a printed book via PediaPress, the official print-on-demand partner of Wikipedia.
EPUB is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The EPUB export feature was developed by brainbot technologies, the company that created PediaPress and specializes in building tools for transforming the book industry.
“We wanted to make EPUB available for Wikipedia, because it became such a popular content distribution format” says Heiko Hees, CEO of PediaPress.
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Turning writing into content management. The future of literature? | ePublish a Book

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Turning writing into content management. The future of literature?



Reading the biography of a large number of writers, they wrote because they had to,...
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KulturSPIEGEL 9/2012 - Auf die Länge kommt es an

KulturSPIEGEL 9/2012 - Auf die Länge kommt es an | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Und so wird die sogenannte Twitteratur immer populärer, sie wird öffentlich vorgelesen, sie wird sogar rezensiert. Auf dem Kritikerportal twit krit.de, einer Fundgrube für gute Aphorismen, erklären die Macher die literarische Macht des Mediums: "Vieles ist so dicht und so intensiv, dass es zu kleinen poetischen Einheiten wird: Unter dem Druck der 140 Zeichen zu Diamanten gepresste Alltagskohle." In seinem Buch "Schreiben unter Strom" schwärmt auch der Literaturprofessor Stephan Porombka von den Möglichkeiten des Mediums: "Kulturkritiker mögen das eine Aneinanderreihung von Belanglosigkeiten nennen. Doch damit liegen sie falsch. Hier hat man es mit einem Notiz- und Skizzenblock zu tun, in dem nach neuen Möglichkeiten des Jetztzeiterzählens im Netzwerk geforscht wird." Begeistert zitiert er Bonmots der Bestsellerautorin Else Buschheuer, nicht aus ihren Büchern, sondern aus ihrem Twitter-Account: "die meisten leute, die behaupten, schönheit komme von innen, sehen aus, als hätte dieses prinzip ausgerechnet bei ihnen versagt."

Sogar die New Yorker Kulturzeitschrift "n+1", die intellektuelle Spielwiese mächtig gehypter Jungautoren wie Mark Greif, Keith Gessen und Chad Harbach, widmet sich in ihrer aktuellen Ausgabe dem Thema. Der Text ist nicht euphorisch, aber er ist sehr wohlwollend: "Ein Tweet ist so kurz, dass man unmittelbar auf den Punkt kommen kann, aber auch so kurz, dass er keinen haben muss", heißt es zunächst skeptisch. "Twitters formale Eigenheiten neigen gleichzeitig in entgegengesetzte Richtungen: zum Wesentlichen, aber auch zum Überflüssigen, zum Konzisen, aber auch zum Weitschweifigen." Letztlich aber scheinen für den Autor die Chancen zu überwiegen: "Ein Tweet ist ein enges Fenster, aber es spricht nichts dagegen, dass eines von ihnen den Blick auf ein weites Feld öffnen kann." Im besten Fall biete Twitter dies: "Irgendjemand, oft irgendjemand, von dem man es nicht erwartet hätte, verdichtet den Weltgeist in einem großartigen Scherz, Epigramm oder Aperçu. Etwas, was schon oft gedacht wurde, aber nie so gut ausgedrückt." Für den Leser scheint das Medium ebenfalls ideal zu sein: "Aphorismen konsumiert man am besten wie Nüsse oder Süßigkeiten, eine Handvoll jeweils." Nicht eine ganze Tüte auf einmal, so wie in Aphorismus-Büchern.
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