The speed and brevity of the social media platform generates a kind of knee-jerk debating style that leaves too little room for eloquence – and politicians, journalists and readers are all falling into the trap.

This article titled “The tyranny of Twitter: when 140 characters don't add up to enough” was written by Peter Preston, for The Observer on Saturday 29th October 2011 23.07 UTC

David Aaronovitch, lately of the Indy, Observer and Guardian, gathered a fresh garland the other day. The Times columnist is now also Twitter Commentator of the Year (as selected by Editorial Intelligence). Many congratulations in under 140 characters – but pinch yourself before you tweet. What's serious here, and what's blathering hype?

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