When Us Weekly broke the story yesterday that Kristen Stewart had cheated on Robert Pattinson, twihards went nuts. First they went after the magazine, then they did some sleuthing to determine whether the evidence had been faked, and then they just tried to console each other on Instagram.
It is hilarious/a total nightmare.
This makes me want to gouge my eyes out to un-see it… but I guess it is also a valid form of… expression… or something…
Is this a 17th-century Twitter? Maybe. (Even before this scrap came to light, the promotional material for the play Brief Lives called Aubrey “the world’s oldest blogger.”) The scrap both does and doesn’t mirror a tweet — or a status update, or a Tumblr post, or anything on any social network. It has structural limits. It’s odd, jotted, and hasty. It brimming with scribbled social information, meaningful only to those steeped in its world.
Q:Whenever you like one of my posts, it makes me feel like I've done something right. Thanks for having such an educational and interesting blog! It's a nice change from the cat pictures some others I follow post.
You’re welcome! I do see my main mission on here as one of education. I strive to only post factual information. In fact: I even do my best to fact-check all the quotes I post to make sure they’re from the right sources.
This is definitely the influence of my primary career as a college professor, but is also my attempted intervention within the Internet #social justice conversation: lots of folks on both sides of the political spectrum post a lot of non-factual and inflammatory stuff in the name of some twisted variety of “social justice.” One of the primary commitments of social justice, as I see it, is to truth, and not just truth with a capital ‘T’, but factual truth, truth you can prove.
Lastly: I remember that feeling the first time I started to “figure” Tumblr out (if it can be figured out ;-) and my posts started getting liked more and even reblogged by folks. I think the trick to this (again: if there is one) is to think about your unique identity on Tumblr. This is what I encourage students to do when I introduce Tumblr to them: I ask that they think about what they can contribute to the community. Whether that’s a particular kind of information, art, inspiration, whatever, and not just reblogging. I really didn’t start to develop a “following” on here until I started finding valuable information elsewhere on the Internet and adding it to the community. I think that’s an important service we could all do more of on here. It helps build the Tumblr community, and it helps us all be more informed about the things we care about.
Anyway: thanks for following!
Your habits WILL improve after absorbing this information. If you use Twitter to reach people, this may be the most useful infographic that you’ve seen in a while. Twitter is as much about timing as it is about content and copywriting. I don’t agree with all of the advice proffered in this graphic but it is a great start, regardless.