10 March 2009

Are you suffering from a lack of identity?


Dear Rachel, who usually gives Moses both barrels,  turns her attention to Twitter this week and how this latest web tool is used by politicians:

Is the reputation of politics really enhanced by the revelation that Jim Knight, the Schools Minister, is “snowed under with paperwork” or that Grant Shapps, the Tory housing spokesman, is “contemplating taking my eldest son to play football in the rain” or that Tom Harris, the Labour MP, “can't find the TV remote control”?

and then in what surely will become one most repeated quotes of the day:

There are global new deals and there is Twitter - but what precisely is there in between?

She quotes psychologist Oliver James:

Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It's a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.

Do she and James have a point?

I use Twitter to alert people to my blog posts and to alert me to relevant news.  I am not that interested in the trivia that some Twitter’s go in for.  Clearly others are.  In the end does it really matter?  In 6 months to a year the web would have developed something else that we will all be Twittering about, or not, as the case may be.

Let the debate commence!

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