TITLE: It Started with a Tweet AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: November 25, 2015 10:50 AM DESC: ----- BODY: Bret Victor's much-heralded What Can a Technologist Do About Climate Change? begins:
This started with a tweet. I'm embarrassed how often that happens.
Why be embarrassed? I am occasionally embarrassed when I tweet snarky and mildly regrettable things, but only because they are snarky and regrettable. However, having a thought, writing it down, and thinking some more is a perfectly honorable way to start writing an essay. Writing something down on Twitter has the advantage of sharing the idea with one's followers, which creates the possibility of getting feedback on the idea from smart, thoughtful people. Sharing idle thoughts with the world can add value to them. They aren't always so idle. -----