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#14 From the Twitter archives, part 0: Rationale
Republishing old threads from the ailing platform.
No doubt the reader’s aware of the increasing unreliability of Twitter under Musk’s ownership. The South African billionaire recently introduced (supposedly temporary) ‘rate limits’ to curtail site usage, especially by unverified accounts—a move widely viewed as disastrous.
In its early days (2018/19), the Heghoulian account went by the name of Right Modernist. The scene was a fair bit livelier in those days. There was a wider variety of content being posted—not just politics stuff, but also book talk, philosophy, cinema, poetics… All sorts. The reader may quite rightfully object that all that sort of stuff continues to be posted. True, but now it’s well and truly dwarfed by the politics content. By which I mean American politics.
With the scene being so much livelier back then, I was more inclined to ‘effort post’ (as it’s called). I regularly posted longish threads on my favourite topics, especially on cinema. Perhaps readers relatively new to my writing would be interested in those earlier efforts. This is one reason I’d like to post them on Some Private Diagonal. Another is that Twitter’s becoming borderline unusable.
Therefore my plan is to republish these threads in a series of Substack posts. The forthcoming part 1 of this series will feature a 2018 thread on one of my favourite films of the 70s.
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