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.
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?