[Milton-L] Milton Society Twitter Feed

Carol Barton, Ph.D., CPCM cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 31 18:42:18 EST 2013


No beaks out of joint, though I won't Tweet--
Your quest for younger blood is meet.
So Twitter away, and flatten your feathers:
We're still conjoined by friendship's fetters.


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From: "David Ainsworth" <dainsworth at as.ua.edu>
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:30 PM
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Milton Society Twitter Feed

> The content of the Twitter feed will be mainly scholarly (CFPs, event 
> notifications), but aimed at younger scholars who use Twitter routinely. I 
> hope to lure some of them into joining the Society by connecting them to 
> it through the feed.  Doing so means providing more than three or four 
> tweets per semester; I felt short quotations from Milton would be unlikely 
> to offend serious scholars subscribing to the feed while appealing to 
> those not already members of the Milton Society.
>
> There may also be the occasional link to Milton in the news or on the 
> Internet, which would not be scholarly at all.  If receiving such a thing 
> would offend you (or indeed, if Twitter itself offends you), do not follow 
> the feed.
>
> No information will be provided on Twitter which you cannot find through 
> existing avenues of communication, so those uninterested in the twitter 
> feed need not follow it and will miss nothing they care about.
>
> Just in case Richard or anyone else is unclear, the Twitter feed has no 
> connection with the Milton-L list and nothing posted to it will appear 
> here.  My message was informational, aimed at those members of this list 
> who might be interested in the feed or willing to pass along its existence 
> to their students.
>
> To clarify, then:  Anyone wanting to receive the Milton Society Twitter 
> feed must follow @MiltonSociety with a Twitter account.  The Twitter 
> account will offer an additional avenue for receiving news and information 
> from the Society; members can learn everything they need to know without 
> following the feed at all.
>
> If I must be a Dickens character, Scrooge's nephew isn't a bad one.  "We 
> have never had any quarrel, to which I have been a party."
>
> David
>
> On 1/31/2013 4:34 PM, Richard A. Strier wrote:
>> I'm afraid I agree with Carol.  I'd rather have this list used for
>> serious scholarly discussion.  I can get my laughs somewhere else, and
>> really don't need more non-informational, non-scholarly e-mails.
>>
>> Call me Scrooge.
>>
>> Richard Strier
>> Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor
>> Editor, Modern Philology
>> Department of English
>> University of Chicago
>> 1115 E. 58th St.
>> Chicago, IL 60637
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>> *From:* milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu
>> [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] on behalf of Carol Barton, PhD,
>> CPCM [cbartonphd1 at verizon.net]
>> *Sent:* Thursday, January 31, 2013 4:03 PM
>> *To:* milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
>> *Subject:* Re: [Milton-L] Milton Society Twitter Feed
>>
>> To me, it's electronic litter;
>> I'm not a bird, so I don't Twitter.
>> Carol Barton, Ph.D., CPCM
>>
>>
>> A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
>> A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
>> -Henry Adams, historian and teacher (1838-1918)
>>
>> On 01/31/13, Horace Jeffery Hodges<horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I doubt that I can ever please
>> With poems as short as Twitterese.
>>
>> Jeffery Hodges
>>
>> On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:39 AM, David Ainsworth <dainsworth at as.ua.edu
>> <mailto:dainsworth at as.ua.edu>> wrote:
>>
>>     Hi, all,
>>
>>     As Milton Society Communications Director, I'm here to announce that
>>     our Twitter account (@MiltonSociety) will begin activity on February
>>     4th with our (and my) first tweet.  At the moment, I expect to limit
>>     activity to CFPs and other news and to "Milton Monday," a short
>>     quotation from Milton to start off each week.  Your feedback and
>>     following may dictate changes from there.
>>
>>     https://twitter.com/__MiltonSociety 
>> <https://twitter.com/MiltonSociety>
>>
>>     While you're waiting for the first tweet, here's a poetic pastiche
>>     to tide you over:
>>
>>     ON THE NEW READERS OF TWITTER UNDER THE MILTON SOCIETY
>>
>>     Because you have thrown off your Luddite ways,
>>         And with stiff Vows embrac’d the Internet
>>         To Tweet, email, wall post and I forget
>>     The other terms (to list ‘em would take days),
>>     Dare I for this adjure the Civil Word
>>         To force abbreviations (OMG!)
>>         And conform to mere One hundred Forty
>>         Required by /Dorsey/ and that small /Bird/?
>>     Scholars whose Learning, Life and pure intent
>>         Would have been held in high esteem with Paul
>>         Must now be nam’d @MiltonHeresy
>>     By shallow Tumblr and Face’ what d’ye call:
>>         But we hope @MiltonSociety
>>         You’ll follow and find worthy of your meed;
>>                      This brand-new Twitter feed
>>     May entertain and update you for years,
>>     Clip URLs, though balk at “Me, too” Cheers,
>>                              And succor my just Fears
>>     That you shall think, when I take up this charge:
>>     “/New Twitterer/ is but /Old Twit/ writ Large.”
>>
>>     David
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