Words, words, words


Not that you’ve had many lately. Sorry about that. Got through latest chemo session on Monday-Tuesday. Went ok, but an almost unbearable 6 hours plus 2 hours travel made for a very tiring day. Now going through the dreaded 5 days of steroids. That knocks me round more than the other chemicals, so much so that I find it impossible to do the deep and meaningful sustained creative writing of the kind you have come to expect.

I can tweet though, keep my scrambled brain, usually, on track long enough to write a shallow but meaningful 25 words or so. Follow me @watermelon_man if you don’t already – 2767 followers can’t be wrong. Well they can I suppose, but probably not ALL of them eh?

Speaking of twitter. It began in 2006. The US Library of Congress in 2010 took on the role of archiving. It has so far archived 170 billion tweets to April 2010  (since 2006), but new tweets are now growing at a staggering rate of 500 million a day! (). Hard to see how they can ever catch up.

Made me think though. I’ve now contributed over 50,000 of those tweets. Plus there are hundreds of millions of blogs, Facebook and all the rest. Plus all the traditional tv and radio, and even more traditional newspapers, magazines, books.  Facts, half-truths, lies, analysis, propaganda, research, press releases, entertainment are spewing out in what must be many billions a day now.

No one can keep up with a tiny fraction of that. So we get our information from a few sources we can keep up with. If we are lucky, and have chosen wisely, we get good information. If not then not. GIGO as we used to wisely say in the early computer age.

But what are you doing, still contributing to this text tsunami of words, I hear you ask. And a good question. I have stopped keeping a diary after over 20 years. Pointless, I decided, last year, thousands of scribbled, illegible words no one would read. Have stopped writing a weekly column for local newspaper after 8 years, and yesterday handed over the editorship of our little local monthly magazine I’ve edited for five years. “Simplify, simplify” said Thoreau, and I have.

But I’ll keep tweeting, and blogging, away. Good way to keep my mind ticking over if not exactly at its full throttle past. Excellent way to keep in touch with, interact with, learn from, make friends and, perhaps, influence people all over the planet.

My Word.

5 comments on “Words, words, words

  1. Keep at it David! I really enjoy your blog – and your Tweets :)


  2. russell says:

    Dear David Mr Melon, I just wanted to write to tell you how much i appreciate your words. Am not signed up for twitter or f/b or anything else but can operate my compute and read. Am grateful for your work, insights and your sharing via your words. Thank you for all of it (that i have read so far). As you say 5oom tweets per day is mind boggling and imo will progressively challenge mere murdochracy. Grateful and glad that watermelon blog tweets are part of my daily diet, sustenance and direction. Especially love the quality of thought and clarity of expression. All the best to you.
    ps Also like No Place for Sheep, wonderful direct honesty keeping the world going round. You do that too. Where would this crazy world be without the honest brokers capable of ‘unpacking the crap’? Thankful for your observations & thoughts into words.


  3. Team Oyeniyi says:

    Keep living, David. The words will come. We are all wishing you the very best!


  4. Eric Snyder says:

    Amazing amount of information going out there! I had no idea. I’ve learned quite a bit from you David and looking forward to more. Keep it up!!


  5. Buff McMenis says:

    You’d better, my mate .. you’d better keep at it! Logic, linguistic skill and sanity are damned hard to find in this day and age and I depend on you and a very few others. Hope the Steroid horrors ease up soonest! :-)


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