Do you watch Desperate Housewives?
May 21st, 2009


Do you watch Desperate Housewives? Come on, everyone does. Last week, one of the star couples exchanged comments about social networking. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) was trying to urge her husband (Doug Savant) Tom Scavo to cheer up. She had landed a well-paying corporate job and was full of confidence. He was gloomy because he’s been having a midlife crisis for at least two seasons. She finally convinced him to put on a suit and pursue some job interviews. He returned from these dejected, having not understood the question about whether he had ever used Twitter in a marketing campaign. Lynette, who is cool and confident and obviously with it, explains what it is. He is mortified. Why hadn’t she told him? Well, if you have to ask you probably shouldn’t be competing for jobs with 30-year-olds. Twitter has fast become one of those technological tools that divides us all up into hipsters or Tom Scavos. It’s today’s index of with-itness. Tomorrow we’ll find something else.

Then we have rapper/producer Kanye West. He’s so cool he hates Twitter. He also warns us all that there are fake Kanyes out there doing some fake tweeting. He’s too busy being creative, he says, to bother with all that (enter profane word here). He saves his thoughts for blogging. Yeah, right,

What’s astonishing is just how banal the whole thing is. You sign up, you release a few trivial words into the electronic atmosphere, and by so doing you acquire followers. That’s a euphemism for fan or stalker or just people you know and people you don’t know. It’s a euphemism for everyone who is not you. It’s all so easy, elegant, streamlined, and meaningless. It’s disposable, ephemeral, a perfect gesture for a postmodern age. Why complain about Twitter? What’s it done to you?

They say that people over 30 are mostly using Twitter. Like Ashton Kutcher, an obsessive user who is 31, if you care. We are using it in the School of Graduate Studies because we are not Kanye West. We have more creative things to do, sure, but we know it is a useful mechanism for getting the right electronically transmitted words out, for making announcements, or boasting about our enrolment figures. Andy Warhol famously said that if everyone is wearing it then it’s no longer fashionable. True enough, and about Twitter, Facebook, and all the trendy networking devices, too. There is always the danger that mass communication devices jump the shark or lose their appeal when too many people over 30 are using it.

So far, it’s working for us. We’ve got followers. We want followers. We’re not too cool to be using Twitter—yet.


Thanks to comicbase for sharing their photo via flickr and creative commons.

Dr. Faye Murrin is Dean pro tempore of the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. She completed her B.Sc. (Hons.) at Memorial University, her M.Sc. at Acadia University, and her Ph.D. at Queen's University. Her research interests have always been focused on fungi, in particular the cell biology of insect pathogenic fungi and, more recently, the ecology of mycorrhizal mushrooms in the boreal forest. Dr. Murrin has served in a number of positions on the Council of the Mycological Society of America and was awarded the title of MSA Fellow for her contributions. She was awarded the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Membership Award as founding co-director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Summer Program. Dr. Murrin participates in public lectures and workshops, and is a Director on the board of Newfoundland Foray, Inc.

14 Responses to “Do you watch Desperate Housewives?”

  1. Ashwin Gupta says:

    Well, first and foremost, I do not watch Desperate Housewives – but I do have a twitter account. Am I a fan of it? No.

    I was swayed away by the tide of celebrities, newspaper companies and many new twi-lebrities – almost pushing me off the cliff to have a twitter account. Alas, I did give in to the pile of over-the-top pressure for an application so mundane, a mention of the idea 10 years back would have made you sound like a King or Queen of the Bimbo World.

    But here we are in the 21st century with our lives so busy and isolated – a constant peek at the small devil screen just to know when a friend on the other corner of the road is changing his underwear gives us a sense of relief – more comical than emotional – that it turns the application into an addiction that can give Tim Horton’s Double Double a run for its money.

    Is it cool? Yes. Why? Because it symbolizes the tug-of-war between the sophisticated and the popular – even when some(..many) people represent neither. Kanye tried to be on the former side and is being constantly pulled down by the popular(like this blog?).

    But, there’s hope – dooms day in 2012 – the galactic cosmic alignment in our solar system will cause all the servers of the social-networking sites to breathe their last – pandemic phase 6 out of 6 according to WHO.

    Mayans were right.

  2. Fred Durant says:

    Is Marshall Mcluhan still valid? Is “the medium the message”? If so, what is Twitter’s message?

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  6. Очень интересно , спасибо.

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