“…Twitter is like haiku.
It is so Japanese.”
— Rocky Eda of Digital Garage.
Read the full post of the 140 character service here.
Public Speaking for your Internet Soul
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.
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.
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.
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.
So what are you doing now?
I played the string bass in the high school symphony orchestra.
My favorite performance piece was Gustav Holst‘s “The Planets.” It took three-and-one-half hours to perform. However, Christmas and the Holiday Season were altogether different. That’s when I forgot all about the sonorous profundity of the classics and embraced the quaint, the frolicking and memorable.
My favorite Holiday piece was Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. The melody catchy and bright. There was nothing like the clack of the of horse hoofs and the sound of the sleigh bells jingling to awaken tales of winters past.
One afternoon while the orchestra was rehearsing for the seasonal School Holiday Assembly, the second violins and violas lost tempo. Actually, they stopped playing. Mrs. Allen, our Conductor, was stopped in amazement. She was just about to reprimand them for faltering when someone pointed to the empyt auditorium seats.
The woman bundled in the heavy wool coat stood midway down the aisle. She apologized for disrupting our rehearsal and as quickly said that she had never heard a lovelier rendition of her father’s song.
The baton dropped.
She told us how he would sing or rather hum the tunes to her when she was young. I have since forgoten why she said she was at our school, but to know you were playing your heart’s desire before the composer’s daughter was a deeply emotional moment.