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Twitter In The Classes I Am Creating

by Dr. Harrington

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The Almost-100, Arnold Schoenberg, and the not-so-sad omission of business, communications and the arts

One of my pursuits these days (August 2014) is creating, designing, reconfiguring, ratcheting up a few new courses in intellectual property, a survey of the music & entertainment industry, social media & marketing in music/video/IP, and business and legal issues helping and hindering music get created, disseminated and experienced.

All of these classes will deal significantly with technology, business, law and music (how could they not?).  I could add words like “communication” and “arts” too but I often use words like “technology” to subsume “business” and “communication,” and “entertainment” to subsume “art” and “arts.”  (With my classical music pedigree, I should NEVER associate “art” or “arts” with “entertainment.”  One of my heroes, Arnold Schoenberg, in his past writings set me straight on that (but I veered off the ranch twenty + years ago):

“If it is art it is not for all and if it is for all it is not art”

or something similar but identical in sentiment.)  (One of my favorite Schoenberg compositions is “Summer Morning By A Lake,” the third of his “Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16” from 1909.

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In my Twitter account, I have created eleven (11) lists that cover all of my interests.  Since 2008 I have required students to read what certain Twitter users post.  I provide a list of these Twitterers in each syllabus.  What I want to do now is create a shortened master list of Twitterers from which I can extract subsets that would work in any one, two, three or more of seven or eight classes.

The “rules” and “preconditions that must be met” in order to fall into this list of less-than-100-favorite Twitter authors include:

1.  It intrigues me.

2.  I find it compelling (out of Spinal Tap context, “compelling” can have positive associations).

3.  I’m inspired to act and think (refined people “think ” and then “act”).

4.  I might disagree with what is expressed but it is original and/or important.

5.  It came to mind first when I thought to compile a list of less-than-100.  (Spontaneity, impulse and fast matter when it comes to action, wonderment and ponder-ment.)

(However:  A few of these Twitterers are not at all inspiring (and perhaps pompous and verbose) but most people of a field seem to read these and it is OK sometimes to have some things in common with most people – these form a sort of vernacular canon.)

Here are The Almost-100:

twitter.com/adage

twitter.com/Adweek

twitter.com/alisternburg

twitter.com/allsongs

twitter.com/AppStore

twitter.com/arslaw

twitter.com/arstechnica

twitter.com/bbosker

twitter.com/beatallica

twitter.com/berkmancenter

twitter.com/BigChampagne

twitter.com/BIInsights

twitter.com/billboard

twitter.com/Billboardbiz

twitter.com/Billboardglenn

twitter.com/BoingBoing

twitter.com/BradPaisley

twitter.com/BrightTALK

twitter.com/CenCom

twitter.com/CopyrightLaw

twitter.com/davekusek

twitter.com/deborahfgoldman

twitter.com/Digg

twitter.com/Digitalmusicnws

twitter.com/disco_project

twitter.com/EdFelten

twitter.com/eff

twitter.com/emh2625

twitter.com/Entlawupdate

twitter.com/FCC

twitter.com/future_of_music

twitter.com/Gizmodo

twitter.com/Gleonhard

twitter.com/Grooveshark

twitter.com/GuyKawasaki

twitter.com/Harvard_Law

twitter.com/HarvardBiz

twitter.com/HowardKnopf

twitter.com/Hypebot

twitter.com/IndustryEars

twitter.com/InternetLaw

twitter.com/IPHandbook

twitter.com/IPLawAlerts

twitter.com/ipwatch

twitter.com/Jasonkincaid

twitter.com/kisbell

twitter.com/KristNovoselic

twitter.com/Larrymagid

twitter.com/Lefsetz

twitter.com/lessig

twitter.com/ManagementTip

twitter.com/mashable

twitter.com/mgeist

twitter.com/mollywood

twitter.com/MosesAvalon

twitter.com/MrChuckD

twitter.com/MusicRow

twitter.com/NME

twitter.com/nprmusic

twitter.com/Nytimesarts

twitter.com/Nytimesbits

twitter.com/nytimestech

twitter.com/Pitchforkmedia

twitter.com/Pogue

twitter.com/redbull

twitter.com/ResourceMusic

twitter.com/ReverbNation

twitter.com/RollingStone

twitter.com/rosannecash

twitter.com/SAI

twitter.com/shadesofsolveig

twitter.com/sivers

twitter.com/Slashdot

twitter.com/SonyLegacyRecs

twitter.com/spotify

twitter.com/sree

twitter.com/StitcherRadio

twitter.com/Taylorswift13

twitter.com/Taylortrask

twitter.com/tbquirk

twitter.com/TechCrunch

twitter.com/Tedtalks

twitter.com/Terrymcbride

twitter.com/ThatEricAlper

twitter.com/theonion

twitter.com/THR

twitter.com/THREsq

twitter.com/Timwestergren

twitter.com/tmbg

twitter.com/torrentfreak

twitter.com/variety

twitter.com/verge

twitter.com/waltmossberg

twitter.com/wired

twitter.com/WSJD

twitter.com/ZDNet

twitter.com/zittrain

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And with extra-special secret code placed to the right, The Almost-100 looks like this:

twitter.com/adage Tech
twitter.com/Adweek Tech
twitter.com/alisternburg IP
twitter.com/allsongs MusEnt
twitter.com/AppStore Tech
twitter.com/arslaw IP
twitter.com/arstechnica Tech
twitter.com/bbosker Tech
twitter.com/beatallica MusEnt
twitter.com/berkmancenter A 3
twitter.com/BigChampagne Tech
twitter.com/BIInsights Tech
twitter.com/billboard MusEnt
twitter.com/Billboardbiz MusEnt
twitter.com/Billboardglenn MusEnt
twitter.com/BoingBoing Tech
twitter.com/BradPaisley MusEnt
twitter.com/BrightTALK A 3
twitter.com/CenCom Tech
twitter.com/CopyrightLaw IP
twitter.com/davekusek MusEnt
twitter.com/deborahfgoldman IP
twitter.com/Digg A MT
twitter.com/Digitalmusicnws MusEnt
twitter.com/disco_project A 3
twitter.com/EdFelten Tech
twitter.com/eff IP
twitter.com/emh2625 A 3
twitter.com/Entlawupdate MusEnt
twitter.com/FCC Tech
twitter.com/future_of_music MusEnt
twitter.com/Gizmodo Tech
twitter.com/Gleonhard Tech
twitter.com/Grooveshark MusEnt
twitter.com/GuyKawasaki Tech
twitter.com/Harvard_Law IP
twitter.com/HarvardBiz Tech
twitter.com/HowardKnopf IP
twitter.com/Hypebot A MT
twitter.com/IndustryEars MusEnt
twitter.com/InternetLaw IP
twitter.com/IPHandbook IP
twitter.com/IPLawAlerts IP
twitter.com/ipwatch IP
twitter.com/Jasonkincaid Tech
twitter.com/kisbell IP
twitter.com/KristNovoselic MusEnt
twitter.com/Larrymagid Tech
twitter.com/Lefsetz MusEnt
twitter.com/lessig A 3
twitter.com/ManagementTip Tech
twitter.com/mashable Tech
twitter.com/mgeist IP
twitter.com/mollywood Tech
twitter.com/MosesAvalon MusEnt
twitter.com/MrChuckD MusEnt
twitter.com/MusicRow MusEnt
twitter.com/NME MusEnt
twitter.com/nprmusic MusEnt
twitter.com/Nytimesarts MusEnt
twitter.com/Nytimesbits Tech
twitter.com/nytimestech Tech
twitter.com/Pitchforkmedia MusEnt
twitter.com/Pogue Tech
twitter.com/redbull MusEnt
twitter.com/ResourceMusic MusEnt
twitter.com/ReverbNation MusEnt
twitter.com/RollingStone MusEnt
twitter.com/rosannecash MusEnt
twitter.com/SAI Tech
twitter.com/shadesofsolveig Tech
twitter.com/sivers A MT
twitter.com/Slashdot Tech
twitter.com/SonyLegacyRecs MusEnt
twitter.com/spotify MusEnt
twitter.com/sree A MT
twitter.com/StitcherRadio A 3
twitter.com/Taylorswift13 MusEnt
twitter.com/Taylortrask A MT
twitter.com/tbquirk A MT
twitter.com/TechCrunch Tech
twitter.com/Tedtalks A 3
twitter.com/Terrymcbride MusEnt
twitter.com/ThatEricAlper MusEnt
twitter.com/theonion MusEnt
twitter.com/THR MusEnt
twitter.com/THREsq A 3
twitter.com/Timwestergren MusEnt
twitter.com/tmbg MusEnt
twitter.com/torrentfreak A 3
twitter.com/variety MusEnt
twitter.com/verge A MT
twitter.com/waltmossberg Tech
twitter.com/wired Tech
twitter.com/WSJD Tech
twitter.com/ZDNet Tech
twitter.com/zittrain A 3

Perhaps the above should be annotated so as to make for more clarity.  In fact, I began but never finished or published an annotated post about great Twitterers to follow more than a year ago.  I think I will save those thoughts for class and spend that writing-annotating time better.

I can imagine negative reactions to a few of The Almost-100 above:

Just why should anyone read Taylor Swift?

Doesn’t Bob Lefsetz assault us enough every day?

Why read a young lawyer who has not even passed the bar?

Read Torrentfreak?  Are you pushing crime or somethin’?

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Wishing everyone everywhere a happy Sunday.  Annuit Coeptis.

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