omg…it’s a twitter essay!

Glynn Marshes writes:

And I didn’t even know twitter essays were a thing.

Topic: social contracts, protests, and whether contemporary police theories about crowd control are a throwback to 19th century mob violence literature.

In seventeen numbered 140-character tweets.

With references!

5. The scholarly literature I’m thinking of comes from E.P. Thompson, Hobsbawm, George Rudes, Natalie Zemon Davis & many others.

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3 Responses to omg…it’s a twitter essay!

  1. FredR says:

    Like every Jeet Heer “twitter essay,” tendentious and pseudo-academic.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Will S. says:

    Reblogged this on Patriactionary and commented:
    He told us which people he was thinking of, but not which works of theirs.
    Epic fail!
    FredR’s comment is spot on.
    In light of which, I wonder how long before we’ll see Malcolm Gladwell and other similar pompous twits do these, if not already…
    Back when I was a Twit, I sometimes did run-on multitweet rants, but then, I don’t pretend to be anything other than a pompous amateur opinionated blowhard, at best. 🙂


  3. Glynn Marshes says:

    so oookay, I’m a writer, and looking at this thang as a form.

    Seems like an interesting challenge to distill an argument into tweets. Is anyone besides this Jeer Heet doing it?


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