David Carr: “Why Twitter will survive”

Zachariah James Watson

When David Carr first came across Twitter, we was convinced that it would not stand the test of time, and eventually become forgotten and fall into disuse like MySpace. However, as he become more and more familiar with the inner workings of Twitter, he later claims to have had an epiphany that altered his perspective of Twitter. This began when he started using Twitter to follow conferences (SXSW conference in Texas) that focused on the development and longevity of social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Before he knew it, Carr was using Twitter to receive quick, concise updates concerning what was going on with anything that he was interested in. In a sense, he was undergoing a major transition from being a digital immigrant and becoming a digital native. As he become more immersed within the realms of Twitter, Carr’s skepticism gradually decreased as he began to realize more and more just how much of an interactive tool that it can be regarding the affairs of everyday life (networking, keeping up with events, discovering new possibilities, etc.). He was essentially discovering that Twitter could potentially become a universal stream and tool for nearly all kinds of online activity (activism, political involvement, following news feeds, social concerns, social reciprocity, choosing what you follow, impacting what people listen to, etc.).

Main Points:

1) Continual conversation.

2) Continual stream of information.

3) Waste less time.

4) Twitter as the first publication of information.

5) Connection without expectations.

6) Funneling information.




Discussion Questions:

1) Do you find David Carr’s “epiphany” about Twitter to be sincere or pretentious?

2) What is your position on the longevity and Twitter’s lifespan as a cultural and social tool within our society?


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