‘Twitter kills thoughtful reflection’

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London - The popularity of Twitter and other social media has killed off thoughtful reflection, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned.

“Instant reaction” has replaced “reflective comment” in a 21st century revolution of communications, said the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

He told an audience including David Cameron and Ed Miliband of the dangers of squeezing sophisticated arguments into a tweet.

“The comments that even 20 years ago took months to reach the far corners of the Earth, now, as we know, take seconds,” he said. “The best answer to a complex issue is not always given in 140 characters.”

He said technology means we are “face to face with everyone everywhere always, in a way we never have been in history”. - Daily Mail

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