[Milton-L] Milton Society Twitter Feed

David Ainsworth dainsworth at as.ua.edu
Thu Jan 31 18:30:21 EST 2013

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."


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 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:
>     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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