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Posted on April 10, 2013

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There are many well-thought out, interesting meditations and writings about Twitter available across the Internet. They run the gamut from social media use theory to the role of Twitter in Presidential elections to clever magazine contests conducted via hashtags to ideas about how to use Twitter in the classroom and obviously much more. And they are published on a wide variety of websites, blogs, newspapers, etc.

We at Twit Crit felt that what’s lacking in all of this existing discourse is a single space that attracts and collects thoughtful pieces about and relating to Twitter where tweeting is considered writing, read as a text. Twit Crit — a silly short-hand for Twitter Criticism — hopes to be such a space. We intend to publish interviews, thought pieces, weekly features, comics (?), anything that examines how Twitter is a unique platform and a medium for contemporary writing. We envision the pieces published on our blog to topically cover things like specific Twitter accounts, reading and writing (well, Tweeting) practices, poems and stories written via Twitter either in their original form published as screen-grabs or criticism about such projects, explanations of different Twitter-related vocabulary, and anything not previously mentioned. Nowhere in this do we want to lose the lightheartedness of Twitter. Twitter’s value lies in its casual, subtle incorporation into our every day lives, and we hope the writing here strikes the right balance of pausing to contemplate without bogging down and making un-fun.

If you would like to contribute to our blog, or possibly get involved on a regular basis, please don’t hesitate to write us at twitcritblog@gmail.com

Love,

Blog creators Lily Applebaum, Jess Bergman and Madeleine Wattenbarger

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