(K. Brent Tomer),
DIGITAL media are often (fairly) derided for playing to short attention spans. But brevity need not be synonymous with simplicity. New technologies also offer a canvas for creativity — even if the palette is confined to 140 characters. Many an artist or author is adept at using online channels to promote their work, and projects like the Los Angeles Review of Books have embraced an internet-first ethos. But there are also writers producing work with a distinctively online mindset. Though the medium is not quite the message, the limitations imposed by Twitter make for particularly fertile ground, giving rise to what has been called “Twitterature”.
Among the more prominent — and professional — Twitterary practitioners is Eric Jarosinski, a former professor of German literature and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the writer behind Nein. Quarterly, a Twitter account complete with an avatar that is a cartoonish mock up of Theodor Adorno, a critical theorist, wearing a monocle. Nein. has 134,000 followers. In 2014, Mr Jarosinski jettisoned a book on the concept of transparency in politics and…Continue reading