The internet and short communication platforms promote and enable creative communication and literary forms.
The emergence of the internet and most recently Twitter with its 140 character limit has sparked a communication and literary revolution, all of which seek to share brief communications; often times creatively.
Twitter loves Haiku
All kinds of people have taken to tweeting Haiku to express themselves creatively on Twitter’s short communication web service. Twitter haikus became so popular that Yoko Ono teamed up with Guy Kawasaki to offer a twitter haiku contest.
Haiku is a poetic form that evolved in 15 century Japan. It is characterized by 3 lines (ons) of 17 syllables of 5-7-5 syllables per line. However, like most art and languages, Haiku itself is an evolved form stemming from the Renga and Renku.
Having written haiku for more than 20 years, Twitter’s platform provides a fun and unique format for publishing and sharing creatively. The 140 characters seemed to be just enough to effectively communicate while being short enough to avoid fluff.
Evolution of the Story
Taking a cue from Ernest Hemingway, Wired Magazine inspired a movement to produce six word stories. one of the earliest recorded incidences of this is Wired Magazine. Hemingway once stated that his best work extended from the following:
Thus, perhaps, beget SixWordStories project. That’s it. Take six words to form a story.
- Mother’s Day came, doubling Oedipus’ pleasure. —Bruce Benderson
Will Sixwordstories ever be any more than a novel, creative exercise?
Will these platforms themselves evolve or will they further inspire other serious, creative art forms like haiku, the short story, sudden fiction or Twitter Novels.
Technology has further inspired creativity thru brevity. What benefits this holds for society, business or government policy making may not be fully realized for years to come. Though it is disruptive enough to make more than 4.5 Million people explore communicating via these short communication web services.
The Last Word
So what are you doing now?