Phil Baumann and I had a short discussion on Twitter about the simplicity of Twitter and its future changes. Baumann posted his thoughts,
Will Twitter Fly In A Walled Garden?, earlier this morning and inspired me to write my own thoughts from our tweets.
I stayed up until 6am this morning working on final evaluations for my English and Literature majors and answered questions like as “why do we study literature?”
I composed answers such as “we also study literature to transform ideas previously written with the life experiences of our own” and “[literature] moulds your identity as you start to define yourself by embracing or rejecting the ideas of others and transforming those ideas with the life experiences of your own.”
After completing this evaluation I had a most striking thought; Twitter is a library of the simplest living literature: “micro-literature.”
Twitter is organic, published works. Every tweet is written thought and readers critique the tweet, judge it’s authenticity, and add to the conversation by new written work that argues, supports, or evolves the idea.
I think we all can agree that tweets are literature, under the colloquial definition, as any printed works.
But I argue tweets can be a part of literature as literary productions as a whole; the body of writings produced in the young world of social media.
This literature is organic and fluid, composed of micro-literatures(tweets) that are constantly being evaluated and deleted or added into the Twitter canon of literature.
So, is the world ready to view micro-blogging as micro-literature, blogging as published works and to recognize social media as mainstream?
I think some of us are. For everyone else who thinks literature only comes in a pdf or rests bound in leather on a dusty shelf: you’re missing out; literature has flowered and is bearing fruit in the social world.