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Too much cyber litter on Twitter

Jwas stuck in the Newark
Airport last week for an
ungodly amount of time,
when I came across a sign that
drew my ire. It read: "Follow
the Shops in
Newark Ter-
minal B on
Twitter at @
ShopEWRB."
Now, I don't
know how T
much of it
was influ-
encedby my KAVI
travel frus- SHEKHAR
trations, but PANDEY
I mentally
launched
into a Lewis Black-esque rant:
Forget celebrities, news orga-
nizations and ordinary people.
Now entities are having Twitter
accounts? And not just any enti-
ty, the establishments of Newark
Airport's Terminal B - we're
talking the Illuminati of Currito
Burrito, Hudson News and frea-
kin' Famous Famiglia's Pizza.
Did some dude wake up one
day and realize the world needs
a constant update of the goings-
on among the shops of this
specific terminal of this specific
airport? Did they think that
there's a person out there shriek-
ing like a crack addict, "I NEED
TO KNOW WHEN WENDY'S
IS OPENING IN TERMINAL B
OF THE NEWARK AIRPORT!
I'M TWEAKIN'! I'M TWEA-
KIN'!" Oh, and upon further
research, the shops of Newark's
Terminal A and Terminal C each
have their own Twitter accounts
as well. Do you think the three
of them are engaged in turf wars
to see who can gain the most fol-
lowers? God, I hope so.

Quite honestly, this incredu-
lously irrelevant Twitter
account made me feel like a bit
of a fool for being a Twitter
user, and made me reconsider
if I wanted to keep an active
account.
At first, when Twitter started
blowing up over the past few
years, I stayed away. I thought
its only purpose was to tell the
world that you had a tuna melt
for lunch or to be another outlet
for celebrities to say inappro-
priate things - not my cup of
chai. But through the pressure
of peers, I got a Twitter account
- first, only to follow the likes
of Stephen Colbert and Jimmy
Fallon (gotta love 'em), before
succumbing to actually tweet-
ing in recent weeks.
One of the reasons I still
keep a Twitter account is that
it's a one-stop shop for all my
breaking news needs. Why
visit CNN's website to check on
the global situation, then go to
ESPN to check the latest sports.
chatter and finally hit up /Film
to see the what's new in Hol-
lywood? That's clearly too much
work. I just wake up in the
morning feeling like P. Diddy,
check Twitter on my phone
to get updated about Japan,
see the latest March Madness
results and discover that Jo
Go-Lev was just confirmed as
Alberto Falcone in "The Dark
Knight Rises." Our culture is
transforming into one of unlim-
ited access and immediate grat-
ification, and Twitter allows me
to drink the Kool-Aid.
The "trending topics" listed
on Twitter are also nifty, show-
ing what's currently on the cul-
tural conscious. I'd have been

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the Rebecca Black party der) on Mar. 14, felt "so high
n't seen her trending on like a G6!!!"
r early on - it's always The sullying of Twitter's
n, fun, fun to be in the brand is certainly a concern for
nowing what's on the my future usage, though. It's
f society. like when your mom got Face-
absolute best part about book, it became significantly
r is that it has begun to less cool - knowing that a col-
'e the division between lection of stores in the worst
's kings and the serfs, airport in the Tri-State area has
ebrities and the schmos. an account makes Twitter seem
eho tweet have given the really unappealing.
an unprecedented level Additionally, I feel like Twit-
ss into their lives - lives ter is increasing our disconnect
ere once walled off by from reality. During Michigan's
y Hills villas and squad- mangling of Tennessee last Fri-
brutish bodyguards. day, I kept thinking, "I should
ou've got over eight mil- probably tweet something." So
ople following the Bieb I buried my nose in my Black-
reading about where he's Berry thinking of clever things
g, who he hangs out with to say (giving up with, "Since
Smith, apparently) and when can stu douglass dunk?")
h. and reading clever things other
people had to say about the
game - butI realized I was
missing the experience of actu-
ow trending ally watching it. I was too busy
worldwide- tweeting about life to live life,
and that's kind of worrisome.
becca Black At the end of the day, I'm
going to keep my account going.
[Terminal B. Instead of abandoning the
lamesauce ship that Twitter is
becoming, by golly, I'm going
to try my darndest to keep it
permitted stalking, since snazzy while simultaneously
ebs are the ones decid- attempting to curb my compul-
w much they tell fans sion to tweet when cool things
heir lives, allowing for a are happening, and experience
seen degree of personal them instead. Beside, I'm wait-
tion between the idol ing for the day when I'll think
e devotee - especially of something perfect to tweet
hey tweet directly back at Abhishek Bachchan ... OMG
vidual followers. My own WHAT IF HE TWEETS BACK
al Bieber is Bollywood AT ME?!

AAFF
From Page 5
the stigma that often surrounds
student work need not exist. He
mentioned that director Michael
Langan's ("Heliotropes") first
film was in the Ann Arbor Film
Festival when he was a student
at the Rhode Island School of
Design.
"I'm sure if you are just learn-
ing film, it's probably not at the
same level (as a professional film-
maker)," Harrison said. "But stu-
dents really do make some great
films, and it's amazing to have stu-
dent films play alongside the films
of ... influences, to have different
generations working together and
showcase new talents and new
voices."
The Ann Arbor Film Festival
has been uncovering new talents
and new voices, and the student
showcase will certainly continue
that tradition.
"I really want to push people's
ideas of perception and how it's
subjective and how things aren't
always what they seem," Reau-
me said. His film integrates live
action with graphic design.
"It's exciting because I kind
of get to push the line of what is
graphic design," he said. "A lot of

people just think it's a commercial
thing with brochures and stuff,
but (my film) shows that it doesn't
have to be just that, and you can
use it to tell a different sort of nar-
rative. Typography can change
the situation."
Lowe's animated film is equally
ambitious - he did the music for
it himself - but focuses on experi-
ences common to all students.
"(It) kind of reflects my anxi-
eties about entering the work
world," he said. "It's about how
you change yourself and your
behavior in situations. You know,
you're still kind of forming your
personality while you're in school
and it was a culmination of all
those experiences."
Reaume and Lowe are excited
about the upcoming festival and
realize how matchless the experi-
ence will be.
"It's crazy," Lowe said. "(Oscar-
nominated animator) Bill Plymp-
ton's work has been shown here
and now my stuff is shown in the
same festival."
Though the festival could
promise professional opportuni-
ties for its filmmakers, that isn't
Lowe's main focus.
"I really just want to go and
soak it up," Lowe said. "It wasn't
in the plan or anything, so I want
to enjoy it."

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE
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actor Abhishek Bachchan, who
I now know supports Chelsea
football, recorded a song for his
new movie on Mar. 2 and (shud-

Pandey is brushing his teeth with
Jack. To suggest an alternative,
e-mail kspandey@umich.edu.

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