The Literature of the Instant Message

I do not IM. This is not a matter of principle, unless feeling like I already spend too much time staring at the computer screen is a principle. It's challenge enough to keep the attention span from splintering as it is. Evidently it is possible for me to IM, via my Gmail account; but I never look at the "chat" thing there, so on the one occasion that anyone did try to reach me that way, it was maybe two months before I found out about it -- and then, only via another form of communication. By 2010, this will count as extreme rudeness.

A friend writes (by email) to announce the creation of a new blog consisting entirely of IM transcripts. "Our intention is to have a fresh conversation up every weekday," writes this person, "and we already have about three weeks of material scheduled in advance. If you like it, I'd be very happy if you would promote it by whatever means you deem appropriate -- but just don't mention my name, because I'm trying to make it so that it doesn't come up on a Google search for me."

It is called A Prolific Squalor. That sounds as if it ought to be the title of a short story by Donald Barthelme. I don't know if that is deliberate. But having read the blog, the overtone does seem appropriate.
March 26, 2008 10:38 AM | | Comments (0)

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