It wasn’t a rebellion. It wasn’t an escape, because I still use those things and I’m still part of that world and I still really enjoy it. I have never thought more about the English language than I have looking at that tweet composition box, trying to put words in a different order and figure out a different way to phrase a sentence to make it fit. That thing is totally an engine for creative sentence construction and grammar and syntax. So I don’t think that that kind of stuff is an enemy of language or an enemy of storytelling.
At the same time, there’s no arguing that it’s not ephemeral. Even if you are the world’s biggest fan of Twitter and of the web in general, I don’t think you can deny that the half-life of media you make there is super short. It’s like this stream where you kind of throw things into the stream and people dip into the stream but the stream just keeps flowing and then like goes off a waterfall.”
- Robin Sloan’s Low-Tech Triumph | Mother Jones