ON THE VAGARIES OF WRITING FOR ONESELF IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE SEES EVERYTHING

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/06/the-ongoing-story-twitter-and-writing.html

“Does a piece of writing that is never seen by anyone other than its author even exist? Does a thought need to be shared to exist? What happens to the stray thought that drifts into view, is pondered, and then drifts away? Perhaps you jot it down in a note before it vanishes, so that you can mull it over in the future. It’s like a seed that, when you return to it, may have grown into something visible. Or perhaps you put it in a tweet, making the note public. But does the fact that it is public diminish the chances that it will grow into something sturdy and lasting? Does articulating a thought in public freeze it in place somehow, making it not part of a thought process but rather a tiny little finished sculpture?”

 

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NOTE TO SELF: I might be putting up my own take on something that resembles this subject pretty soon.

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