Just because all philosophers are on Twitter…

Just because everyone is on Twitter doesn’t mean they’ve all got interesting things to say. I vaguely recall reading that late 19th-century curmudgeons expressed similar scepticism about the then
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Just because everyone is on Twitter doesn’t mean they’ve all got interesting things to say. I vaguely recall reading that late 19th-century curmudgeons expressed similar scepticism about the then much-hyped technology of the telephone. Their thought was that even if there came a time when everyone had a telephone on their desk, the amount of insight and knowledge to be shared would not be able to keep pace. It is said that nature abhors a vacuum, so it is perhaps not surprising that with insight unable to keep up with the expanding space for communication, other, less serious, topics filled the gaps. Thus www.lolcats.com. It is not all bad news of course. The expansion and ready availability of communication technologies has meant that it is far easier for serious ideas to be tested and refined, far easier to develop diverse communities of scholarship, and far easier for new discoveries, theories and data to permeate beyond ivory towers. A modern counterpoint is that it is also far. . .

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