People lament the damage Twitter has done to the art of written communication, but I appreciate the economy of language it enforces. The poet Richard Wilbur wrote, “The strength of the genie comes from being in a bottle.” Last September, Twitter proleptically forced Rosen into an apt summary of his downfall:

thanks to twitter i can destroy my career 140 characters at a time.

John-Paul Pagano is a Brooklyn-based writer who focuses on utopian and totalitarian ideas, mostly as they find expression in anti-Semitic reaction to Israel, Zionism and modernity. He maintains a blog called The Socialism of Fools (http://socfools.blogspot.com).

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