Intern Morgan discovers Twitter fiction.

Sounds oxymoronic, does it not?

140-character or less stories include the thoughts, impressions, and sentence-long eloquence of the blogger/typer/texter. Has the internet destroyed our attention spans? Or is it just another way that society and culture are evolving simultaneously with technology?

This is a viable new form of fiction. There exist already the equivalents of Japanese thumb novels, Kindles, and other e-readers. This is just another form of flash fiction delivered over the internet.

Almost in the spirit of Hemingway’s six-word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Except in this case, the inexorable forward propelling narrative of the media creates the feeling of a real-time story. Sometimes the stories have a premise behind them, such as in the case of the Twiller, where a man wakes up with amnesia and only has a cell phone that allows him to use Twitter.

The internet is a great place to explore any type of experimental fiction because it has portals to all different types of minds and a free-market flowing of ideas.

Honestly, it makes Twitter sound a lot different that what I had expected it to be. That there was such a creative utilization of social networking astounded me. I had just imagined Twitter to be a forum for shallow individuals to obsessively follow the lives of celebrities. Looks like I may have been judging too harshly.

Check out these pages:

http://thesocialrobot.com/2010/05/twitter-fiction/

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/29/introducing-the-twiller/

http://twitter.com/twitterfiction

http://sites.google.com/site/twitterfic/