Sunday, February 21, 2010

old school social networking

The intimate connection between form and function is nothing new. Lately, I have been reading my father’s stories out loud to my daughter (as they were always intended) and I am struck by how a form of writing unique to him seems purpose built for the Twitter/facebook world of tweets and status updates. I am referring to his – “Beginnings" or “Pleasures of the Imagination.”

Beginnings are first lines of works left unwritten. Long before the Internet emerged as a household appliance spawning today’s socially networked ADD community, my father actually used the term “virtual stories" to describe these tiny works.

But do not fall into to a revisionist trap. His work always strove for a higher standard – not just to be read – but to be read aloud – and that’s what we call old school social networking!

To see what I mean – follow me on Twitter…