Data Anxiety

Tempus fugit

“Without secrecy, people may not discuss public affairs with those they choose. Anonymity is necessary for the conduct of democratic politics…privacy is a requirement…we must also be able to protect ourselves against retaliation for our expressions of political ideas.”

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy | The Guardian via paulbradshaw

This is true. Substitute religion or social issues for politics. The statement remains valid. All must be protected, political, societal/ behavioral and religious discussion, without fear of retaliation. There is a great hue and cry regarding political thought and the NSA. I worry that everything else is being overlooked though.

“I think 1000 words is the right limit for post length…Twitter’s 140 character limit actually has surprising benefits; it forces one to get straight to the point and cut out all the unnecessary crud…You’d think that putting a restriction on your writing could not possibly make it better, but it does seem to.”

via That’s So Default: 1000 Words

Yes! That’s why it is is so much more difficult to write a good short story than a novel. I won’t even mention poetry. I agreed with most of the rest of nyan-sandwich’s post:

To express a concept or argument on Twitter required stringing together multiple tweets, at which point we’re abusing the medium…Social posturing and banter are just right sized for twitter, but are not what we want out of a medium for thinking.

1000 words is big enough to express a single serious novel concept…and small enough to be produced in one sitting. Any longer and I find myself taking 3 or more sittings, which easily turns into weeks per post.

How well I know that situation, of a post that requires multiple sittings, and dragging out for weeks. More often than not, the currency, and motivation, are lost along the way. Go visit nyan, if you want to see how he goes from the 1000 word maximum to a 5k byte limit.