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The schemer

This week’s tweet is not much about fun. It’s in a way just a statement. IKEA paid a guy to stay in a room where he’s being filmed all day. This was posted in quiet a few blogs already. And as Nils now turns out to be one of the top german twitter users regarding counted followers we had a short look at him.

You know, in the old days action artists did something special. Sometimes that was disturbing. And that kind of disturbance was the essence of their art.
The art of this guy is just to sit and wait. But not in the Sidney Youngblood manner. He’s just waiting in a room for the new IKEA catalogue coming out in September and that’s all he does in August. And as the time runs out in August he tells us:

In the moment when he could really do something special, a thing he could have prepared himself for the last couple of weeks, he is not able to present it in a way that does not leave everyone bored behind: „I hope the postman brings the new IKEA catalouge. I’m really looking forward for trying out my new life.“

Boy, IKEA stuff is not for life. It’s for not spending much money. If that is a topper of your old life and the starting point of your new, we’ve really got no clue how simple you are.

If this project was just a little bit more intelligent maybe you could see some irony in it. For sure there are some guys in twitter, that sit before their computer the whole day. Seen that way this project could be a mirror to them. But how numb is it to say the solution to that problem was shopping?

This whole thing is an old idea with no new elements and it deals only with minimalism. A minimalism that is supposed to be special due to not fulfilling expectations. Dear IKEA and Nils: We had none. And that’s going to be the essential thing connected to you.

The mixer

This week we just can’t ignore the most discussed new german twitter user: It’s the Secretary-General of the german party SPD, Hubertus Heil. He used twitter during his visit in the United States, where he attended the Obama show in Denver. There are quite interesting negative and positive reactions to this new hobby of Mr. Heil. You can find these reactions in twitter and in an article of the german lifestyle magazine
Der Spiegel.

It’s a correct estimation to say that sometimes you’ll be criticized immediately if you do something for getting publicity. You can see the article in Der Spiegel quite easyily as that of kind of criticism. But not every criticism that comes up quickly is intrinsically wrong.

We don’t mind politicians doing things that normal citizens do as well. We do mind if they’re just pretending to do so. It’s one characteristic of the political strategy of Obama, Heil’s idol and reason to come to Denver, to make clear he’s not that kind of faker. Believe it or not. In America the media don’t believe that completely and therefor they’re talking about playing cards.

One thing that is crystal clear is that Heil’s showing up on twitter was planned as a part of his political actions. You can see that in one of the deleted tweets of his account:

Most irritating this plan did not result in presenting any own political idea. It also sounds like this whole action wasn’t his own idea. And though twitter is much about pretending and the idea that there is no nonconformity of tweets, because these belong to the subjective manner to describe reality, Heil is definitely a candidate for TMI to us.

This is so because Heil continuously mixes private, journalistic and politcal stuff in his tweets. It’s not clear if he wants to be on twitter as a private man, a politician or a journalist. Actually there are enough journalists and Heil’s private life does not attract many people.

In this week’s tweet this mixing is inherent:

Heil tells us that the members of the german Bundestag Rolf Mützenich and Niels Annen bought a skateboard and shoes during their visit and that they now can get back to work all together.

Is this a political information or a private one? We do think it deals with private matters of Mützenich and Annen. And for sure there will be journalists to see this in a political context. Anyhow, Heil does not make clear what relevance his tweets have and how they should be seen as.

Perhaps we should read Heil’s statements as the following tweet should be read, where he tells us how Obama should call his wife:

Bullshit. [1]

So finally it turns out that the twitter question to Mr. Heil has to be posed more exactly: „What the fuck are you doing?“


[1] following Harry Frankfurt On bullshit, Princeton University Press, 2005

You are not alone

This week’s tweet deals with the question: Who are you talking to?
Mr. bouvierm tells us:

Who is Sarah? Well, that’s easy. Sarah is obviously bouvierm’s actual girl-friend. That’s not that much of a surprise because Sarah is bouvierm’s only contact in twitter. We really hope this does not apply to his offline life. Take just a second with us to have a look into this boy’s little cosmos.

Sadly enough Sarah gives updates only to friends. Luckily enough you can read anything she writes in twitter search. Well, it seems to be a happy couple so we don’t want to rush into the their relationship too much.

It’s interesting enough that bouvierm tells twitter that there is going to happen a sexual thing between him and Sarah tonight. Why does he do that? It might be that he doesn’t know anyone can read his tweets and not only his only follower. Well, as you saw, even if you lock your updates they’re not really locked.

But insofar it could be part of a game or something. You know these „hide and seek in the internet, although we’re a couple in reality“ games, don’t ya ? Besides, there’s no real advantage in getting an SMS from twitter instead getting it from your mobile, is there? You see, many questions arise from this information although there’s no need for us to know more about it.

So, here’s a little bit critical thinking: Are we some kind of rude in having a look into that private sphere? Well, that really could be, but anyhow bouvierm doesn’t seem to act that much on decency himself…

… and is so busy we don’t think he cares that much:

The feedback

The tweet of this week is the following:

This one really made me laugh. In english it’s „Swallow. Getting feedback in a minute.“ Well, maybe it’s just me having too much sexual motivated thoughts due to reading too much horrible stuff on twitter.

The real story must be something like Fräulein Schnute is shocked, because she gets feedback soon to something she doesn’t tell us. Maybe something connected to her job. But how can we possibly get just that one picture, just that one story?

There’s a different story within this tweet that came up in my mind first. I don’t wanna paint the whole picture to you. I’m sure you can do that on your own and in more fascinating colours than anything I could write by now.

This combined with the information someone beeing the more active part within this story should get a *feedback* in a minute – really shocked me.

Link: Have a look at Fräulein Schnute’s beautiful website to find out more about her.

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