Art Break: Twitter From Outer Space!

by Art Fag City on May 27, 2009 · 12 comments Events

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Trevor Paglen, LACROSSE/ONYX V Radar Imaging Reconnaissance Satellite Crossing the Disk of the Moon (USA 182), Or as we like to call it, The Death Star, 35 X 35 inches, C-Print, 2007. Image via: Bellwether Gallery.

Has America’s desire for authentic expression even done away with scripted PR?  If Twitter is any indication, the answer to this question is yes.  Astronaut Michael Massimino became the first to tweet from space last week on the shuttle Atlantis.  His first space shout out reads, “From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!”  I suppose I was hoping for a “One small tweet for man; one giant leap for mankind”  kind of twitterscape, but I guess I’ll take my multiple exclamation mark, amazing view commentary and be thankful for what I’ve got.

  • http://sammeeeees.com/ labfly

    agreed. it seems any big event in our lives can & will be reduced to an “awesome” tweet. maybe the tweet week should include one day where we all attempt to compose magnificent tweets – turning even the most mundane into something special…? :)

  • http://sammeeeees.com/ labfly

    agreed. it seems any big event in our lives can & will be reduced to an “awesome” tweet. maybe the tweet week should include one day where we all attempt to compose magnificent tweets – turning even the most mundane into something special…? :)

  • http://sammeeeees.com/ labfly

    agreed. it seems any big event in our lives can & will be reduced to an “awesome” tweet. maybe the tweet week should include one day where we all attempt to compose magnificent tweets – turning even the most mundane into something special…? :)

  • http://sammeeeees.com/ labfly

    agreed. it seems any big event in our lives can & will be reduced to an “awesome” tweet. maybe the tweet week should include one day where we all attempt to compose magnificent tweets – turning even the most mundane into something special…? :)

  • http://sammeeeees.com/ labfly

    agreed. it seems any big event in our lives can & will be reduced to an “awesome” tweet. maybe the tweet week should include one day where we all attempt to compose magnificent tweets – turning even the most mundane into something special…? :)

  • http://sammeeeees.com/ labfly

    agreed. it seems any big event in our lives can & will be reduced to an “awesome” tweet. maybe the tweet week should include one day where we all attempt to compose magnificent tweets – turning even the most mundane into something special…? :)

  • David

    but why are you SUCH a twitter proponent, to the extent that even if the content is banal, the form of its delivery is something to be thankful for? Is twitter so mindblowing?

  • David

    but why are you SUCH a twitter proponent, to the extent that even if the content is banal, the form of its delivery is something to be thankful for? Is twitter so mindblowing?

  • David

    but why are you SUCH a twitter proponent, to the extent that even if the content is banal, the form of its delivery is something to be thankful for? Is twitter so mindblowing?

  • David

    but why are you SUCH a twitter proponent, to the extent that even if the content is banal, the form of its delivery is something to be thankful for? Is twitter so mindblowing?

  • Art Fag City

    There was an edge of sarcasm intended when I wrote that I should be thankful for what I’ve got. The problem with idea of “authentic” expression, is that not all of it has value.

  • Art Fag City

    There was an edge of sarcasm intended when I wrote that I should be thankful for what I’ve got. The problem with idea of “authentic” expression, is that not all of it has value.

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