Twitter Literacy I Refuse To Make Up A Twittery Name For It 2009: Postoprah Apresashton

Twitter Literacy I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it

Post-Oprah and apres-Ashton, Twittermania is definitely sliding down the backlash slope of the hype cycle.
It’s not just the predictable wave of naysaying after the predictable waves of sliced-breadism and bandwagon-chasing. We’re beginning to see some data. Nielsen, the same people who do TV ratings, To me, this represents a perfect example of a media literacy issue: Twitter is one of a growing breed of part-technological, part-social communication media that require some skills to use productively. Sure, Twitter is banal and trivial, full of self-promotion and outright spam. So is the Internet. The difference between seeing Twitter as a waste of time or as a powerful new community amplifier depends entirely on how you look at it – on knowing how to look at it. One of my students asked me online why I use Twitter. I replied off the top of my head. Sometimes, that

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