I do find the enforced concision of Twitter exacts a certain discipline that has a dimension of awareness and self-awareness. It requires me to focus on what matters. And what matters, in 140 characters, may or may not be a linear account of events. It might be a succinct appraisal of how an event or a moment in time makes me feel, or an association it brings to mind. It also--invention being the mother of necessity--forces creative use of language, and causes me to stretch my vocabulary. Or make words up. Like, "bwah!" a current fave at the office. Tools like Twitter may cause the world to go to hell in a hand basket if it means no one reads The Brothers Karamazov anymore. Or writes big fat serious literature. But short of that dire outcome, it actually invites creative use of language very much in the moment.I do not Twitter from my yoga class, however. Nor can I imagine Twittering on a silent retreat, for example. But in other devotional settings, I think it could be done quite effectively.
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