Twitter is an incredibly terse medium. Politics are becoming increasingly partisan. People are trying to cut through the chatter of a crowded media environment. Sentences are getting shorter.
Conor Friedersdorf wishes Glenn Greenwald hadn’t called him “Conservative Conor Friedersdorf” in a tweet. (Via Andrew Sullivan.) I can see where he’s coming from. If I had to pigeonhole Friedersdorf, I’d put him in that interesting sub-section of the political blogosphere comprising mainly libertarian-leaning independents who’ve differentiated themselves from the dull spartan prose of middlebrow mainstream journalism not by going pithy, sharp and ironic (Duncan Black, Matthew Yglesias, John Cole, Andrew Sullivan’s median post, and a thousand conservatives I dislike too much to name) but by going long and reflective (Will Wilkinson, Daniel Larison, and, on the more progressivish side of the genre, Julian Sanchez).
But technology constrains prose implacably. The tweet is our master, not the other way around. “Liberal Matt Steinglass: Friedersdorf crying in wilderness.”
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