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Virginia Heffernan writes in the New York Times Magazine on why Twitter is a trap.

“These worries started to surface for me last month, when Bruce Sterling, the cyberpunk writer, proposed at the South by Southwest tech conference in Austin that the clearest symbol of poverty is dependence on “connections” like the Internet, Skype and texting. “Poor folk love their cellphones!” he said. […]

“Connectivity is poverty” was how a friend of mine summarized Sterling’s bold theme. Only the poor — defined broadly as those without better options — are obsessed with their connections. Anyone with a strong soul or a fat wallet turns his ringer off for good and cultivates private gardens that keep the hectic Web far away. The man of leisure, Sterling suggested, savors solitude, or intimacy with friends, presumably surrounded by books and film and paintings and wine and vinyl — original things that stay where they are and cannot be copied and corrupted and shot around the globe with a few clicks of a keyboard.”

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  1. […] . Putting people first : Laissez les manger les tweets (angl.) La connectivité est-elle le nouvel opium du peuple ? C’est en tout cas ce que rapporte Virginia Heffernan pour le New York Times : http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/magazine/19wwln-medium-t.html. “Plus les gens sont pauvres plus ils aiment leur téléphone”, affirmait d’une manière provocatrice Bruce Sterling à la dernière South By Southwest. “Seulement les pauvres sont obsédés par leur connexions”, rappelle Virginia Heffernan en déversant sa bile contre Twitter. […]

  2. […] . Putting people first : Laissez les manger les tweets (angl.) La connectivité est-elle le nouvel opium du peuple ? C’est en tout cas ce que rapporte Virginia Heffernan pour le New York Times : http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/magazine/19wwln-medium-t.html. “Plus les gens sont pauvres plus ils aiment leur téléphone”, affirmait d’une manière provocatrice Bruce Sterling à la dernière South By Southwest. “Seulement les pauvres sont obsédés par leur connexions”, rappelle Virginia Heffernan en déversant sa bile contre Twitter. […]