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Twitter, Unplugged

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Writing from Turkey, a country that temporarily unplugged Twitter to quell government protests, novelist and essayist Kaya Genç describes the experience of disconnecting from the service. Instead of the liberation he expected, the lack of Twitter left him feeling like a prisoner in solitary confinement:

On my third day without Twitter, however, I realized that I couldn’t say about Twitter what Sartre had said about hell.

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Teju Cole Tweets 4,000-Word Essay

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Last week Teju Cole published a 4,000-word non-fiction essay on immigration, titled “A Piece of the Wall,” entirely on Twitter. BuzzFeed spoke with Cole about his decision to share the piece via the social media platform, the challenges in doing so, and his views on immigration reform:

I’m not getting my hopes up, but the point of writing about these things, and hoping they reach a big audience, has nothing to do with “innovation” or with “writing.” It’s about the hope that more and more people will have their conscience moved about the plight of other human beings.

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Announcing the Twitter Fiction Festival Lineup

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The third annual Twitter Fiction Festival (March 12–16), sponsored by Penguin Random House and the Association of American Publishers, just announced its schedule of featured storytellers.

Highlights include a meta horror story by Benjamin Percy, Star Wars in tweets by Ian Doescher, a sinful beach house weekend told in real time by Julia Fierro, the hidden erotic inner life of Downton Abbey’s Mr.

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Roxane Gay on the Joys and Perils of Twitter

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When we debate modernity, we tend to engage in all-or-nothing propositions. Technology is either wholly good or wholly destructive. Somewhere between these two extremes is where we will find the truth.

Our rock-star essays editor Roxane Gay has an essay titled “What Twitter Does” up at Editorially‘s new “writers’ journal on culture and technology,” STET.

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Less Face, More Book for These Reclusive Authors

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Though it can be hard to remember between tweeting at your favorite writer and joining a Facebook event page for a reading, there was a time when many authors led reclusive lives with minimal self-promotion.

Bookish has rounded up a list of some of the most private (Salinger, Pynchon)—and their modern-day, super-public opposites (John Green, Susan Orlean).

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On Buying Your Friends

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The San Francisco Bay Guardian‘s current cover story is about the culture surrounding Twitter bots that artificially inflate your follower count: who buys them, why, and where you can buy them yourself.

The story’s author, Caitlin Donohue, picked up a few thousand profane, banal nonhuman followers for $26, a process she describes as “like an Internet boob job,” and which seemed to send positive ripples into her real life.

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Twitter Fiction Festival A Success

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Previously, we blogged about Rumpus contributor Elliott Holt’s Twitter mystery. As it turns out, Rumpus contributor and interviewee Scott Hutchins wrote one as well, a San Francisco noir called “The Nanny.”

They were both part of the five-day Twitter Fiction Festival, which the Los Angeles Times calls the “first official effort to organize and present a creative event that uses the social networking site…as a forum for art.”

Read the rest of their coverage to learn more about how a 140-character limit places restrictions on fiction writers—and lets them be inventive in unexpected ways.

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#NoHomophobes

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“Homophobic language isn’t always meant to be hurtful, but how often do we use it without thinking?

So asks NoHomophobes.com, a website “designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society.” The site tracks, in real-time, the Twitter usage of the terms “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay.” Last week, the word “faggot” was tweeted a depressing 218,946 times.

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Twitter Can Help You Steer Clear Of Potty Mouths

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The Atlantic covers a recent study that uses twitter to analyze where the United State’s most profanity prone individuals reside:

“The Ukrainian-based web development firm Vertaline, aiming to answer that question, scanned tweets posted from across 462 specific locations in the U.S. The team then isolated particular phrases from those tweets — one of those phrases being, yep, “fuck you,” which they tracked between July 14 and July 24, 2012.

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“Twitter For Authors”

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The LA Times reports that Twitter has released a how-to-manual titled “Twitter for Authors.”

The guide details six tips particularly geared towards writers, some of which include the not-so-helpful “Be Authentic, Be Yourself,” and “Above All, Have Fun.” Nowadays many authors use the social networking site as a means of self-promotion, and entire transcontinental book clubs have sprung from its 140 character limit.

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Cellular Relationships

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You may have used your cell phone to have a heart-to-heart with someone else, but have you every opened up and talked it out with that very phone? A new collaborative video project from Eric Slatkin asks us to do just that and, like his “I check after” Twitter project, provides a chance for us to reflect on “the unintentional relationships we’ve gained to a piece of electronics.”

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