Lincoln and Twitter Would Not Have Been Incompatible


ChicagoNow blogger Jack Spatafora wonders what Lincoln would have  tweeted.  Certainly many of the Rail Splitter’s  homespun stories would not have made the Twitter cut[140 characters]. That is, short of piecemealing them over a number of tweets.

I believe Lincoln, the genius he was, would have crafted his messages for greater brevity.  He was, after all, the Great Communicator long before that actor-turned-Chief Executive.

I don’t think social media, or even the internet in general would have altered the course of history in Lincoln’s day. War seems to be immune to the internet’s humanitarian influences.

But, with a few tweaks, even the narrow parameters of Twitter would not have  emasculated the force and majesty of Lincoln’s most eloquent words.

” 4 score and  7 years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the propostion that all men are created equal.”

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  • I doubt that one can conduct a great debate by tweeting.

    More that likely the tweet would have been #Eisenhower had a #Gettysburg Address, 1195 Baltimore Pike.

  • In reply to jack:

    Can't disagree there.

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