‘Twitter kills thoughtful reflection’

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One of Twitters big selling points, whether it be to music fans, grassroots political activists, sports obsessives, movie buffs, or journalists, is that it breaks down the barriers between you and the person or the subject that most interests or excites you.

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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