Friday, January 30, 2009

“Is Aristotle on Twitter?”: Details of SXSW panel now online

This March I’m going to be in a panel discussion at SXSW with Will Burdette (Twitter), Jim Brown (Twitter), Trish Roberts-Miller (Twitter), and Jillian Sayre (Twitter). The panel is titled “Is Aristotle on Twitter.” Here’s the panel description from the SXSW site:

We introduce a framework for understanding information overload by reflecting on and updating ancient communicative traditions. Aristotle was an information maven and Cicero a communication connoisseur. These classical communicators designed their speeches around five principles: invention, style, arrangement, memory, and delivery. Contemporary communicators build on this tradition with Web-based technologies.

Mark your calendars now to make sure you don’t miss it. :)


Giorgio Guzzetta said...

This looks like a very interesting topic. I recently started re-reading classic philosophy in connection with an interest on new technologies and new forms of communication and organization of knowledge. Plato seems a very interesting read in this sense; gives you a perspective on things. I did not start Aristotle yet, but I will soon.

John Jones said...

We think classical theorists like Aristotle had a lot of insights that are applicable to online communication. If you are going to be at SXSW, I hope you can make it to the talk. Otherwise, I'll try and post links to more detailed materials here after it's over.