Art Fag City hosts celebrity wrangler Ryan Seacrest’ face on the blog today, thanks to his tweet linking an MSNBC article which describes yours truly as a “micro-famous art blogger.” Apparently my interest in Cursebird, a Twitter filter assigning you and your friend’s swear rankings, grabbed the attention of writer Helen A.S. Popkin. In fact, so did my post summarizing the use value of Twitter, which also received a tip of the hat in her article.
Popkin however, still doesn’t like appreciate it as “a magnet for extreme narcissism.” I can’t say I blame her, though I’m inclined to think Twitter, (and the Internet as a whole) simply makes people’s idiocy more visible. The fact that the tool is new enough that people don’t know how to use it yet only exaggerates this point. It means a lot of ill-thought out commentary inspired by the idea that others either aren’t paying attention, or will be delighted by the candor the Internet inspires. Both assumptions are wrong.