[ by Charles Cameron — where paradox begets form in phrasing, redux ]
Here for your entertainment and entrainment are some further instances where the tweet doubles back on itself, bites its tail, or otherwise embodies some form of “form” that’s noteworthy in its own right, and possibly indicative of the heart of a problem — think of these tweets as eddies in the flow of things, knots in the wood…
Two arms crossed as in that MC Escher hand-draws-hand piece:
Microeconomics successfully describes situations that never occur. Macroeconomics unsuccessfully describes situations that occur constantly.
— Zach Weinersmith (@ZachWeiner) September 1, 2013
And a net version of the same, aka “tit for tat”:
— Zach Novetsky (@ZNovetsky) September 6, 2013
Speaking of economics, here’s a bit of spiral logic — the economics of spiralling out of control?
Bokassa logic: "those caught misappropriating public funds were promoted on the grounds that higher salaries would help them pay it back."
— Louisa Lombard (@louisalombard) September 10, 2013
And here’s an example of “endless” recursion, as featured in two tweets about “end” times from Barth’s Notes:
— Richard Bartholomew (@Barthsnotes) September 6, 2013
and its 2013 equivalent:
— Richard Bartholomew (@Barthsnotes) September 5, 2013
Okay, here are some simple sample opposites. First, the weather forecast for Syria:
How intensely dark to see Syrian state media tweeting about their sunny weather forecast.
— Hannah Armstrong (@HannahHaniya) September 14, 2013
— spelled our explicitly by Andrew Stroehlein, who tweeted “Sunny with a chance of cluster bombs…” in response.
Pete King 8/27: Obama shd consult Congress! Pete King 8/31: "Obama abdicating responsibility as commander-in-chief." http://t.co/x6Mrx89vhl
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) September 3, 2013
That one seems fairly fair, but click on the links yourself to see the nuances in King‘s actual statements.
Now for some regular serpents’ tails, from the reasonably light-hearted to the heavier end of the scales:
Taking pics of yourself you share with no one. #selfie-hatred
— Elizabeth Pearson (@lizzypearson) September 9, 2013
You should always dance when you're sober enough not to miss a step and not sober enough to caer anout a ttypo.
— Nandini Krishnan (@k_nandini) September 2, 2013
Where's the motivational coach for the motivational coach?
— Patrick C Marks (@PatrickCMarks) September 5, 2013
@tweetsintheME But it's kind of on the brink of being on the brink, right? I can only understand foreign countries relative to brinkiness.
— J.M. Berger (@intelwire) September 4, 2013
Read this today: Self-inflicted complexity. Narrow focus fails to grasp detail complexity & inter-domain complexity http://t.co/K1usG50xSx
— Peter J. Munson (@peterjmunson) September 9, 2013
New study: 85% of all polling statistics are bullshit.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 4, 2013
To all the women who are actually in labor on Labor Day, I promise this is going to seem funnier in retrospect.
— S C (@danteandfriends) September 2, 2013
This vision is self-realized, seeing itself. It is not a looking upon the realization, the seeing, but that very seeing awareness. MOK 188
— Ogmin (@Ogmin) September 10, 2013
— Reg Saddler (@zaibatsu) August 24, 2013
Okay, here are two from Mikko Hypponen, the first of which is frankly outdated, but still fun:
Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14AM eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug
— Mikko Hypponen ‹??› (@mikko) September 14, 2013
— Angela Watercutter caught the tide at just the right moment with her Wired piece, Skynet Becomes Self-Aware: How to Welcome Our AI Overlords:
The time has come. According to the Terminator clock, at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, Skynet will become self-aware. And humanity will be screwed. Going by canon set out in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, Judgment Day should hit Thursday.
Never mind Mikko, this one’s funny too — if and only if one’s also familiar with Wikipedia, which seems plausible in all cases for those who follow twitter — it wins double-honors in fact, hitting it out of the self-reference ball-park and into parallelism as satire:
This Tweet has multiple issues. This Tweet needs additional citations for verification. This Tweet may need to be rewritten entirely.
— Mikko Hypponen ‹??› (@mikko) September 13, 2013
Namarupa, or “name and form”, has to do with parallelisms between a name and its referent — or what zen might call the “finger pointing” and the moon — always fun:
Wow. The spokesperson for nightmare meatpacker Hormel is named Julie Craven. I guess Jane Evil couldn't be lured away from BP.
— JeffSharlet (@JeffSharlet) September 9, 2013
The next one depends on your knowing that the Greek mythological creature known as a Naiad refers to “any of the nymphs in classical mythology living in and giving life to lakes, rivers, springs, and fountains”:
— Diana Nyad (@diananyad) September 2, 2013
– aptly named indeed.
We’re almost done — here’s one with a built in time-factor:
Data Protection: This Tweet Will Self-Destruct In… | iRevolution http://t.co/02IJQeT8VJ
— Adam Elkus (@Aelkus) September 6, 2013
It it still there? Aha!
Finally, this isn’t a serpent eating its tail by itself:
— Adil Najam (@AdilNajam) September 5, 2013
— but it becomes one, I’d suggest, when Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US from 2008 to 2011, retweets it!
Until next time…