25 Feb 2009
The Twitterings of a Twit
There won’t be a great deal posted here over the rest of this week, as I am away (a talk for Transition Chepstow and meetings in London) and also because my computer has come over all poorly and needs to go and see the doctor. Interesting things in my world over the past few days? The new Agroforestry News journal (excellent as ever), the first chapters of Michael Pollan’s fascinating ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’, first crocus in my garden is out (see right), the paper I am writing based on the ‘Can Totnes (and district) Feed Itself’ meeting we had last week with Simon Fairlie and Mark Thurstain-Goodwin (more to follow on that), … planting the first seeds of the year (salads, broad beans, onion sets), seeing ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (great) and starting the survey of 400 houses in Totnes that will underpin the Totnes EDAP.
Having just read, and been terribly scathing about “twittering”, which, according to theLondonPaper is “a microblogging service which encourages users to answer “what are you doing?” in 140 characters or less”, but which to me just looks like an excuse for the narcissistic and self-obsessed to talk about the minutiae of their lives to a world that largely isn’t interested, I am uncomfortably aware that I am doing largely the same thing here, assuming you have the remotest interest in my last few days.
Oliver James, Mr. Affluenza, recently wrote about Twittering that it ‘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.’ Think I’ll stick with blogging. Which is of course entirely different.