2015-MyTweetures2014

Do you know what happened in 1804?

Should I give you a short break to think and make a guess?

Anyway, the answer is just below.

1804 is the year in which world population reached 1 billion.

Do you know what 7,358,664,203 is?

I believe it may be easier to guess.

It is the current world population at the moment I retrieved. (1)

So each of us was only one of the value above at that time. One divided by seven plus billions. The ratio is practically zero. It is 1.35894 e- 10, scientifically.

I regret to say, but at some time, that ratio will eventually be an actual zero for each of us, with no exclusion.

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Milestones of the world population were:

7 Billions: 2011
6 Billions: 1999
5 Billions: 1987
4 Billions: 1974
3 Billions: 1960
2 Billions: 1927
1 Billion: 1804

Below values are from Twitter Usage Statistics:

The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter. It took over three years, until the end of May 2009, to reach the billionth tweet.Today, it takes less than two days for one billion tweets to be sent.”

“In Twitter’s short history, we went from 5,000 tweets per day in 2007 to 500,000,000 tweets per day in 2013, which represents a six orders of magnitude increase. The intermediate steps were 300,000 tweets per day in 2008, 2.5 million tweets per day in 2009, 35 million tweets per day in 2010, 200 million tweets per day in 2011, and 340 million tweets per day when Twitter celebrated its sixth year on March 21, 2012.” (2)

Why, do you think, we are sending so many tweets? To communicate our thoughts, to share information, to relax, to enjoy ourselves, to find new ways to understand the world (or others, past, future, details of human activities), to feel we are alive, to forget we will eventually die?

Or is it just a new way of breathing to survive? Are we confident with our concepts of universe, nature, and humanity? Can we see that the world is now like a kind of Noah’s Ark, with globally connected, giant consuming centers?

Do we believe in life and respect nature? Can we live within the limits of humanity?

Or do we desperately need other beliefs to forget the eventual end, and to find reasons to keep ourselves away from evil?

What happens when the limits of humanity disappears in the heavy fog of today’s complex and violent world?

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We are all telling the same story of the human kind. The direction we look may be different depending on who and where we are.

Aristotle, Balzac, Baudelaire, Byron, Dante, Dickens, Dostoyevski, Flaubert, Goethe, Gorki, Hugo, Hegel, Homeros, Machiavelli, Proust, Rousseau, Spengler, Steinbeck, Stendhal, Marx, Plato, Taine, Tolstoy, Zola, Voltaire, whoever we are, it is the single story of life in the universe as we see and feel it.

Today, we have many authors living in different parts of the world. Most of them are probably linked to their readers and to other writers in the global network. Not only the authors, billions of people are linked to eachother in the new era of twenty first century.

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Do you think there is still too much pain in the world? Do you have an idea how sorrow is seen from inside or outside, in different places, by people looking from this or other side?

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How do you remember Occupy Wallstreet movement which began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district?

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What about Tahrir as the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak, 2013 protests at Taksim Gezi Park in Turkey and in several Brazilian cities?

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Parks can host different types of protests.

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Like ‘Beach body ready’ tube advert protests planned for Hyde Park.

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Extensive usage of new communication tools can be considered as the common feature of a wide range of protests.

Such movements mobilizing masses quickly are the new ways of social interference and resolution.

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Will all the squares at different parts of the world be replaced by one “global virtual square” after a long period of trials and errors?

A square where real people will participate to actual protests with their avatars, share their ideas and wills, to tell decision makers and executers their actual demands.

These protests will not cause damages in public buildings, they will not require thousands and thousands riot police, no tear gas or chemical water will be necessary.

Do you think rulers have (or will have) the required skills to understand those silent messages?

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Do you know how the lands you live are seen from this part of the world?

Can you see what is going on at this part of the world?

Your “this part of the world” depends on where you live. Links between different parts of the world are very strong in our age as never been in history.

Billions of people can see everything. They can see where and how others live, what they believe, what they think, how they see them.

Knowing the details of other lives can help in understanding other cultures.

But it can also give rise to an uncontrollable anger, if there is an unacceptable level difference between the other part of the world.

There is too much pain in the world. There is much more in some continents, in some regions. Can humanity speak an international language? Do all people in this world have souls?

What is “this part of the world” for you? What would you feel if you were living at Kobane now? Have you heard about the unbelievable attacks of some militants against ordinary, innocent people? Do you know how life is difficult for millions of people who had left their homes towards an unknown future? Do you know what they lived before?

What, do you think, people from other parts of the world will feel when they come and see your life?

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Do you know what really happened in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, and many other parts of the world in 2014?

Do you think we are safe in our global village?

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The following are some of the tweetures.

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OriginalBADYOGAKITTY @minamaya13 26 Dec

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Please RT&SIGN! Help us put an end to cruel sport of #bear baiting in #Pakistan https://www.change.org/p/help-us-end-the-cruel-sport-of-bear-baiting?recruiter=51648533&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive … via @UKChange

 

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Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
My Tweetures 2013 http://wp.me/p27ATx-38 via @wordpressdotcom @Porter_Anderson @aallemanwrites @MAOrthofer

 

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Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
@brainpicker Reminds life and death. It is not possible to live without accepting both. #LitJuke Julia 1984

 

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Jon Winokur ‏@AdviceToWriters 15 Aug 2014
Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.
CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
@AdviceToWriters Literally, it does not seem to be a good advice. #amwriting #writing #writetip

 

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Porter Anderson ‏@Porter_Anderson 09 Aug 2014
“The least they can do is not insult the memory of great writers.” @JohnBiggs on “Getting Orwell Wrong” http://ow.ly/A9wdH @TechCrunch

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 09 Aug 2014
@Porter_Anderson @johnbiggs @TechCrunch Are the winners real winners in these games? Are there other losers than visible ones?

 

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Theodora Goss @theodoragoss 09 Aug 2014

Where I was today. 🙂

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Mehmet Arat ?@mehmetarat2000
@theodoragoss I was not there today. 😦

 

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Jon Winokur ‏@AdviceToWriters 14 Jul 2014
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
MARK TWAIN

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 14 Jul 2014
@AdviceToWriters Examples of creative pauses can be useful. #writing #amwriting #fiction

 

Simon & Schuster ‏@simonschuster 12 Jun 2014
Stop pleasing: You can’t make everybody happy http://features.aol.com/video/stop-pleasing-you-cant-make-everybody-happy#.U5mpM1gYd3w.twitter
via @DrHenryCloud & @AOL

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 12 Jun 2014
@simonschuster @DrHenryCloud @AOL A world in which we can make everybody happy could be fine. Aren’t utopias a search for that? #writing

 

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The Paris Review ?@parisreview 09 Jun 2014
Can you protect a work of art meant to last hundreds of thousands of years? Daniel Bosch on Charles Ray’s “Hinoki”: http://tpr.ly/1pcA2Yy

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Charles Ray’s Hinoki (2007) at the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo: Ed Bierman, via Flickr

 

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Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 10 Apr 2014
@Politics_Prose Any solution for the dilemma? “So many books, so little time.”

Politics & Prose ‏@Politics_Prose 10 Apr 2014
@mehmetarat2000 All about perspective: we like to see it more as challenge, less as dilemma!

 

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Porter Anderson ‏@Porter_Anderson 10 Apr 2014
#WhatWorks14 #LBF14 @IntPublishers | @jbrandinoz “Common game mechanics…include action; rules; skills; chance – random seeds.”

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 10 Apr 2014
@Porter_Anderson @IntPublishers @jbrandinoz Similar to story mechanics?

 

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robertleebrewer @robertleebrewer 10 Apr 2014 Çeviriyi görüntüle
I see a poem in your future. Here’s a prompt: http://bit.ly/1n7GoUY #amwriting

 

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Justin Germino @poemwatch 09 Apr 2014
PoemWatch poetry News is out! http://paper.li/poemwatch/poetry … Stories via @PoetsOfTheFall @jesskristie @writershome
Natalia Sylvester @NataliaSylv 08 Apr 2014
It’s Always About Stories: Thoughts on @susangloss’s VINTAGE & the stories beneath the surface: http://ow.ly/vzV62 #writing

 

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Maria Popova ‏@brainpicker 17 Feb 2014
Umberto Eco on history’s greatest maps of imaginary places and why they appeal to us so much http://j.mp/1gL9mYC

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Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 17 Feb 2014
@brainpicker Eco: “Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself.” Why?

 

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The Paris Review ‏@parisreview 16 Feb 2014
“The finished poem is present before it is written and one corrects it.” —Robert Graves http://tpr.ly/UurGqU

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 17 Feb 2014
@parisreview “Why did you not write war poems?” GRAVES: “I did. But I destroyed them.” #poetry

 

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Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 04 Jan 2014
@RickChesler @douglascorleone “Long live the sun!” My Tweetures 2012 http://wp.me/p27ATx-23 via @wordpressdotcom

 

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Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 04 Jan 2014
@Julie_Glover

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@christinadelay Thank you for sharing. #fiction #shortstory

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I wonder where our tweetures will be after X decades.

 

NOTES:

1. Worldometers, http://www.worldometers.info, Data as of August 9, 2015 at 6:31:15 AM
2. Twitter Usage Statistics, http://www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics/

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About Mehmet Arat

Trying to combine the past and present for a "Literature for Future".

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