Editors’ Choice: The Art of Live-Tweeting

By Christopher Long | September 17, 2013

My purpose here, following in the spirit of Kathleen Fitzpatrick, is to consider how to cultivate good habits of live-tweeting in academic contexts…

The guiding principle that should animate the live-tweeting of a lecture is the attempt to use public words to create a supportive community of thoughts, ideas, and people related to the theme under consideration. When it is done well, a lecture live-tweeted generates unanticipated insights and new paths of further inquiry and scholarship. But a community capable of that is a vulnerable thing, and it is easier for corrosive words to destroy it than it is for generous, even if critical, words to cultivate it.

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