Murthy: Chapter#1-What is Twitter?

Zachariah James Watson

Dhiraj Murthy’s opening chapter within his book titled “Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age” begins with a simple, yet enlightening quote regarding the structure of our most commonly used social media networks. “Facebook is composed of my photos. MySpace is composed of my favorite music. Twitter is composed of everything inside my heart” @GirlsProverbs. This really speaks volumes to what each of these influential networks enable us to express ourselves and how we chose to do so on a regular basis.

The opening chapter of this book basically explores what kind of medium Twitter is, the unique structure it possesses, and how people use it. For example, it can be used as a tool of expression, creativity, and/or articulation of ones words. Murthy is essentially diving into that which gives Twitter its unique identity within the realms of social/online media and what purpose it serves within those realms. He does this by giving multiple examples of how Twitter has been used by individuals as a means of sharing their stories and dilemmas.

http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745652382

http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/viewFile/2258/924

https://koenvanturnhout.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/reading-dhiraj-murthys-twitter-social-communication-in-the-twitter-age/

Discussion Questions:

1) What is your personal take on Murthy’s position regarding Twitter?

2) In what ways do you believe that Twitter can/cannot be used as a tool for expression, creativity, and/or articulation?

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