The Guardian announced today that it will cease print publication after 188 years and go Twitter-only. All future content will be formatted to less than 140 characters and the newspaper has launched an ambitious effort to retweet its entire archive.
“[Celebrated Guardian editor] CP Scott would have warmly endorsed this – his well-known observation ‘Comment is free but facts are sacred’ is only 36 characters long,” a spokesman said in a tweet that was itself only 135 characters long.”
The newspaper says it has found that many events that had previously required thousands of words to describe could be more efficiently communicated within the 140-character limit. For example, it has summarized its coverage of the JFK assassination as “JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard second gunshot from grassy knoll WTF?”
The Guardian‘s decision is a bold move, but tough times call for tough decisions.
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